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Favorite thing: Siena's location on the gentle rolling hills of Tuscany makes it an ideal alternative base for exploring the region called Il Chianti - one of Italy's most enchanting areas characterized by rolling hills and gentle valleys blanketed with vineyards where some of Italy's most famous wines come from.
Within the historic center of Siena, there are a few spots where these marvelous topography could be preserved for posterity by shutter-happy tourists. My recommendations:
Via San Giovanni Dupre, near the gigantic Chiesa di Sant' Agostino - sweeping views of the nearby hills covered with vineyards with lovely medieval structures seemingly popping out of the hills, with the Basilica di Sta Maria dei Servi a very prominent landmark. Directly below Via San Giovanni Dupre is a park that makes for an ideal venue for leisurely walks (and burn those calories from Siena's many wonderful restaurants).
Via del Comune just off Piazza San Francesco - around sunset on a clear day, the reflection of the rays of the setting sun on a medieval church across the other hill is simply enchanting. Getting here is a bit tricky - from the town center along Via del Rossi, take a left turn on a small alley before reaching Piazza San Francesco. At the time of my visit, the distinguishing mark are some bold graffiti on the walls of the building beneath which the alley could be accessed.
The park around Fortezza Medicea - close to the local stadium,Stadio Comunale, there is a park from where you get good vantage points to take pictures of the Duomo and the old historical center. More dramatic lighting around sunset, too.
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