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Fortezza di Santa Barbara

Viale Vittorio Veneto, 53100 Siena, Italy
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Ranked #36 of 56 Attractions in Siena
Type: Military Museums, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Hampshire
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101 reviews 101 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

For some reason that I have not researched this is also known as Fortezza Medici; it is located at the top end of the walled city just beyond the main bus stop. There is one main brick built building used by a jazz school so on our visit we enjoyed the music practice and there were even a couple of... More

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Connecticut
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

If you find yourself Basilica'd out and you had enough people watching at Il Campo this is an interesting place for a tree lined stroll around the fortification walls of this large fort turned into a park and underground wine museum. The stroll around the top of the walls is perhaps 1/2 mile and offers great views of Siena. The... More

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Rome, Italy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

My group and I went to the fortezza. It was very nice. I liked especially the big trees that were in the fortezza. They were really amazing and you could go under them.They were really cool. The fortezza is made of colossal walls and during summer time there is the cinema out side under the sky.But don't go to visit... More

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Siena, Toscana, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

A nice place for a relaxing walk inside the open space of the fort. There is a school of music called Siena Jazz.In the summer you can watch outdoor cinema there. It is free to get in.

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

The Fortezza Medicea (Medici Fort) is very intact, and you can walk along the walls to find great views of the Siena city center. We read that it was built by Cosimo I after Florence defeated Siena in an incredibly long siege. It is a nice walk, and inside the fort is the Enoteca Italiana, a great place to stop... More

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Little Canfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

The Fortezza is a huge red bricked fortress with good views of Siena and the surrounding countryside. You can walk around the walls. On Wednesday mornings the local market takes place in the streets surrounding the fortress. When we were there in May/June a funfair was set up inside the fortress, which seemed a bit odd!

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Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012

This is a good spot to take your scenic photos of Siena. You can get the Duomo and the Tower of the Il Campo in the shot from this site and it gives an idea of the size of both of the attractions. Nice place for a stroll.

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Warwick, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2012

A lovely quiet and central spot where the locals go for their morning walk/run. It has great views, but there's a lack of historical information about the fort. Certainly worth a visit if you're in the area.

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Trondheim, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2012

Great place for a walk during the early morning or the end of the day and to take nice pictures. You will have nice views from the valley by which Siena is surrounded and also be able to visit Enoteca Italiana.

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