Province of Siena

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Province of Siena
Coat of arms of Province of Siena
Coat of arms
Map highlighting the location of the province of Siena in Italy
Map highlighting the location of the province of Siena in Italy
Country  Italy
Region Toscana
Capital(s) Siena
Comuni 36
 • President Simone Bezzini (PD)
 • Total 3,821 km2 (1,475 sq mi)
Population (2012)
 • Total 273,305
 • Density 72/km2 (190/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 53010-53015, 53017-53025, 53027,
53030-53031, 53034-53037, 53040-53043,
53045, 53047-53049, 53100
Telephone prefix 0577, 0578
Vehicle registration SI

The Province of Siena (Italian: Provincia di Siena) is a province in the Tuscany region of Italy. Its capital is the city of Siena.

It has an area of 3,821 square kilometres (1,475 sq mi) and a total population of about 0.3 million. There are 36 comuni (singular: comune) in the province [1]. At 30 June 2005, the main comuni by population are:

Comune Population
Siena 54,337
Poggibonsi 28,634
Colle di Val d'Elsa 20,276
Montepulciano 14,142
Sinalunga 12,335
Sovicille 8,882
Chiusi 8,746
Monteriggioni 8,189
Castelnuovo Berardenga 8,081
Monteroni d'Arbia 7,548
Castel del Piano 7,473
Torrita di Siena 7,305
Chianciano Terme 7,221

The province is divided into seven historical areas:

  1. Alta Val d'Elsa
  2. Chianti senese
  3. The urban area of (Monteriggioni and Siena)
  4. Val di Merse
  5. Crete senesi Val d'Arbia
  6. Val di Chiana senese
  7. Val d'Orcia and Amiata

The area is a hilly one: in the north is Colline del Chianti; Monte Amiata is the highest point at 1,738 metres (5,702 ft); and in the south is Monte Cetona. To the west are the Colline Metallifere (“Metallic Hills”), whilst the Val di Chiana lies to east.

Historically, the province corresponds to the former Republic of Siena.

The chief occupations are agricultural (wheat, grapes and fruit) and silk culture. The wine known as Chianti is produced here as well as in other parts of Tuscany: the Chianti Colli Senesi, however, is limited to this province.

Apart from the city of Siena the principal towns are Poggibonsi, Colle di Val d'Elsa, Montepulciano, Chiusi, and San Gimignano.

Val d'Orcia with Monte Amiata, view to the west from La Foce

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Coordinates: 43°20′N 11°20′E / 43.333°N 11.333°E / 43.333; 11.333