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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. 

Siena's backroads
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 visit called Tempo Zulu, which follows a trail of contemporary art in the midst of a medieval city. 

Brought your climbing shoes? Forget rocks and cliffs and try your skill on the facade of a couple of Renaissance buildings. Chiodofisso, Siena's climbers association organizes a street boulder open to everybody ready to climb up the steep walls around piazza del Mercato, Fontebranda, the hidden away Castello degli Ugurgieri and yes - even the famous Cortile del Podestà, the courtyard inside Palazzo Pubblico. 

TREKKING URBANO 2013 - October 25 to November 3
For detailed information on timing and booking of events, visit the tourist office in piazza del Campo or check the daily festival program on the website of the municipality of Siena. 
Special visits and walking routes are available for families travelling with kids. Most initiatives are in Italian, but should be able to tell you which events are suitable for English speakers too.  

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