Art students would recognize this city instantly by the earthy color pigment that they use. Burnt sienna comes from clay from this region and can be seen in old stone buildings of the city. Siena in the region of Tuscany, Italy is surrounded by olive groves and the vineyards of Chianti. Nestled among three hills, the city is connected by winding alleyways and steep steps. Famed for the Palio, it is also home to one of the oldest Universities in Europe. The city is a tourist haven and a market for the wine and marble produced in the area.
Siena is said to be founded as early as the third century B.C., when the Etruscans founded what the Romans called Saena, a small castle at the top of the highest hill in town, now called ‘Castelvecchio’. Legend says that twins Senio and Ascanio, fed by a she-wolf, founded the city and named it in honor of Senio, favorite of the gods.