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The Urban Trekking movement started in Siena 10 years ago and managed to spread to over 40 Italian cities in the last decade. A reason to celebrate the round anniversary with 10 days filled to the brim with events focusing on slow travel in Siena.  The cultural highlight of the festival are the guided visits to some of the rooms of Palazzo Pubblico in piazza del Campo (11€ per person), which have always been off limits to the general public. A more adventurous take on Siena are the early morning balloon flights over the city of the Palio (180€ per person). Both events are on reservation only.  Discovering a lesser known Siena during the Urban Trekking Days  Looking for a freebie? Join a free guided visit to the Museo dell'Acqua and discover the history of Siena's 'bottini', the meandering underground tunnels, which during the Middle Ages were dig into the hills of the city for the daily supply of drinking water. Or walk along with the night time guided visi