Via di Città, Siena, Italy

The most elegant and stately of the three streets, Via di Città è was formerly known as Via Galgaria on account of the abundance of shoemakers that worked along it. It leads to the top of one of the three hills on which Siena stands, As the street rises, gently curving, the visitor can admire some of the most beautiful views over the city, towards the Costarella dei Barbieri, the Torre del Mangia or the Chiasso del Bargello. Among the fine patrician town houses that line Via di Città there is the 14th century Palazzo Patrizi, seat of the Accademia degli Intronati that was founded in 1525.

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