Siena has an abundance of artistic and historical points of interest. There is the wonderful Piazza del Campo, in the form of a shell, dominated by the Gothic Public Palace, containing masterpieces by Simone Marini and Lorenzetti and the slender Torre del Mangia. No less important is the group by Duomo and Baptistery: the Cathedral proudly presents great works of art such as the Pulpit by Nicla Pisano. The adjoining museum preserves the "Maesta," a famous painting by Duccio di Buoninsegna.
Churches, palaces and museums abound in Siena. The Gothic Basilica of San Domenico; the Salimbeni Palace; the church of Saint Francis with frescoes by Lorenzetti; the superb Palazzo Tolomei; Santa Maria dei Servi, in a romantically isolated position with many precious paintings; the rich Art Gallery in Palazzo Bonsignori and the Archaeological and Etruscan Museum. Siena is a charming medieval city filled with interesting architecture and friendly people and the school is located in the historical centre.