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Siena is likely Italy's loveliest medieval city.

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Siena-viewSiena is likely Italy's loveliest medieval city, and a trip worth making even if you are in Tuscany for just a few days.

Siena's heart is its central piazza known as Il Campo, known worldwide for the famous Palio run here, a horse race run around the piazza two times every summer. Movie audiences worldwide can see Siena and the Palio in the James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace.

Siena is said to have been founded by Senius, son of Remus, one of the two legendary founders of Rome thus Siena's emblem is the she-wolf who suckled Remus and Romulus - you'll find many statues throughout the city.

Siena-StemmaThe city sits over three hills with its heart the huge piazza del Campo, where the Roman forum used to be. Rebuilt during the rule of the Council of Nine, a quasi-democratic group from 1287 to 1355, the nine sections of the fan-like brick pavement of the piazza represent the council and symbolizes the Madonna's cloak which shelters Siena.

The Campo is dominated by the red Palazzo Pubblico and its tower, Torre del Mangia. Along with the Duomo of Siena, the Palazzo Pubblico was also built during the same period of rule by the Council of Nine.

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Basilicata (Italy) Meta is still not frequented by traditional tourism, is rather cozy and full of attractions.

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The only region in Italy two names - Basilicata, however, is the officially recognized one - is a land where the history of nature and man have left important traces from the time when the land emerged from the sea.

Formerly known as Lucania, from "Lucus" Latin because forested land or because Liky populated by ancient people coming from, or because the land reached by a warlike people who followed the light of the sun, formerly "luc" was called Basilicata for the first time in a document dating from 1175, resulting probably from the name "Basiliskos" Byzantine administrator.
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Basilicata, where people still prefer to be referred as Lucani rather than Basilisks or Basilicatesi, was for many years a land which seemed to concentrate all the great problems of southern Italy.

Washed by two seas, the Ionian and the Tyrrhenian Sea to the southeast to the southwest, in mountainous with peaks over 2000 m, east hilly and flat for a short distance to the southeast, the Basilicata offers travelers offering the charm the discovery of its natural beauty, prehistory and history, traditions that in some areas have retained ancestral memories of the origins of man, of a simple and authentic cuisine from the marked Mediterranean character.

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Abruzzo (Italy) has a strong attraction for tourists.

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Abruzzo is located in central Italy, stretching from the heart of the Apennines to the Adriatic Sea, on a mainly mountainous and wild land. The mountainous inland is occupied by a vast plateau whose highest peaks are the Gran Sasso (2,912 m) and Mount Majella (2,793 m). The Adriatic coastliine is characterized by long and sandy beaches to the north and pebbly beaches to the south.

Abruzzo  is a region in Italy, its western border lying less than 50 miles (80 km) due east of Rome. Abruzzo borders the region of Marche to the north, Lazio to the west and south-west, Molise to the south-east, and the Adriatic Sea to the east. Although it is geographically more of a central than southern region, ISTAT (the Italian statistical authority) considers it part of Southern Italy, a vestige of Abruzzo's historic association with the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies.

abruzzo Gran_sasso_italiaThe Abruzzo region has two types of climate: the first is strongly influenced by the presence of Abruzzo's Apennine Mountain range-Central, dividing the climate of the coastal and sub​​-Apennine hills of the interior mountain ranges of the highest; while coastal areas have a Mediterranean climate with hot and dry summers and mild winters and rainy hills presenting the climatic characteristics of type sublittoral where temperatures decrease progressively with increasing altitude and precipitation with altitude instead. Precipitation also strongly affected by the presence of the Apennine mountain ridges of the region increases with the proportion being more abundant in the field and on the slopes exposed to the west, instead of decreasing towards the east and east-facing slopes.

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