Siena is most likely Italy’s most beautiful medieval city, with its heart in the central piazza known as Il Campo, famous worldwide for the legendary Palio, the oldest horse race in the world. Movie lovers worldwide have also seen Siena and the Palio in the James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace. Piazza del Campo, enclosed and framed by the most important buildings of the city, is enhanced by the elegance of the Mangia Tower and the imposing architecture of the thirteenth-century Town Hall Palace. Climbing up the over 500 steps will reward you with a wonderful view of Siena and its surroundings. The Duomo in Siena is one of the greatest Gothic buildings filled with treasures by Pisano, Donatello and Michelangelo as well as frescoes by Pinturicchio. The exterior of the cathedral is pretty impressive. Built between 1215 and 1263 the cathedral is in the form of a Latin cross with a slight projecting dome and bell tower. The exterior and interiors are decorated in white and greenish-black marble in alternating stripes, black and white being the symbolic colours of Siena. Next to the cathedral the Opera Museum allows you to climb up to the “Facciatone”, a 14th century wall, and enjoy a wonderful panoramic view of Siena, including the nearby Piazza del Campo.
Siena Guided Tour
Description: a guided tour to discover the city of Siena, which since its Etruscan origins, perfectly preserves its ancient history together with the great masterpieces of world famous artists: from the Fourteenth century Siennese school of Duccio di Buoninsegna to one of the oldest Italian University, further to the first bank in the world founded in 1472 to prestigious music and literature cultural academies, still today the major emblems of the city. Walking through the streets of the city you’ll be transported to a time when the city was one of the biggest economic powers in Europe. In 1300 Siena had the same number of inhabitants as London, when it became a Republic and inestimable masterpieces were created. You will discover the centuries old traditions of the city, like the Palio of Siena that until nowadays involves the entire community in thrilling emotions all year round. With a great passion and a deep awareness of Heritage preserved within its walls, we will discover one of the world most important jewels of UNESCO heritage.
Date: Saturday, 23rd October 2021
Meeeting Point: San Domenico’s Church, Siena
Timetable: from 09:00am to 11:00am
Lenght: 2 hours
Language: Italian & English
Included in the cost: Tourist guide
The cost excludes: everything that is not expressly referred to in “Included in the cost”.
You can climb up the Torre del Mangia every day from 10:00 to 16:00. It takes about 40 minutes, including the climb, a stop at the top for up to 15 minutes. The ticket can be purchased for 10 euro directly at the ticket office at the entrance of the tower in the courtyard of the Podestà in Piazza Il Campo.