Famous for its Palio, horseback historical race, which is held annually, from July 2 to August 16, and for its typical red color named, “Terra di Sienna,” which recalls its countryside, Siena is a small medieval jewel adorned with olive groves and Chianti vineyards.
Built on three hills, Siena is crossed by wide avenues and narrow streets, which lead to the historic sites of the city where you can admire illustrious and architectural works: Piazza del Campo, Duomo, Palazzo Pubblico, Torre del Mangialo and Spedale di Santa Maria della Scala.
Appena superata Porta Camollia, potrete iniziare un viaggio nel passato tra i tanti musei e palazzi storici che conservano ancora quel fascino antico di un passato glorioso.
Here are three routes designed by Guida Toscana:
Starting from Piazza del Campo you should visit the Palazzo Comunale, where you can admire the various works of art preserved in the Museo Civico: not to be missed is the first work of Simone Martini, “ La Maestà” painted between 1313 and 1315.
Always in Piazza del Campo, you can see the famous Torre del Mangia, built between 1325 and 1348. Then to the Duomo, with its beautiful baptismal font, and then visit the Museo dell’Opera Metropolitana, located alongside the Cathedral. We recommend that you bring to your visit some typical Sienese cuisine, accompanied by a good local wine.
Starting from Piazza del Duomo heading to the church of Santa Maria della Scala, stopping by the food and wine shops, to enjoy in full tranquility good local products.
Head towards Palazzo Tolomei, the oldest Palace of city, dating back to the thirteeth century, and by the Costa di Sant’Antonio, where you can admire the splendid Sanctuary of Santa Caterina, the ancient home of Benincasa. From Via Camporegio linger to pay attention to one of the most important basilicas of Siena: San Domenico, built between 1226 and 1265. Near the Basilica of San Domenico is the ancient Fonte Branda : formerly used as source of water supply of the city.
Unwind and taste the local specialties in one of the typical restaurants of the area.
Start with a visit to the Intronati Library, founded in 1759, which today has more than 400 thousand ancient precious volumes. Continue to Palazzo Buonsignori, seat of the Pinacoteca Nazionale, where you can contemplate the most important collection of paintings of the city, dating back to the end of 700.
Staying on the subject of painting and art, you can’t miss the Palazzo delle Papesse, which presents exhibitions of contemporary art.
We then move on to the antique market, Palazzo Piccolomini, built around the second half of the 400, houses a collection of painted tablets used as covers of books of the municipality. Continue to the Logge del Papa, made in 1462 by the sculptor Architect Antonio Federighi. Finally concludes with a must-see at, the Church of Santa Maria di Provenzano, inside which you can admire numerous works of art.
Address: Palazzo Buonsignori, 29, Via S. Pietro
Santa Maria della Scala
Museum complex which houses temporary exhibitions as well as permanent
Address: 2, Piazza Duomo
Official site: www.santamaria.comune.siena.it
Palazzo delle Papesse
Contemporary Art Center
Address: Via di Città
Official site: www.papesse.org
Santuario di S.Caterina
La casa della Santa
Address: Costa di S. Antonio/intersection via Fontebranda
Address: 1, Piazza del Campo
Torre del Mangia
Address: Piazza del Campo
Address: Piazza del Campo
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