Siena: A Treasure Trove of Art

Siena: A Treasure Trove of Art

Siena has so much splendid architecture, palaces and renaissance art in abundance.


The Basilica of San Domenico built in the 14th century houses a treasure trove of renaissance art, this wonderful ancient building is dedicated to St. Catherine of Siena and well worth a visit.

The contrade district is actually a small state having it's own traditions including it's own flag and emblem, this is the focal point of the town with the the Museum of contrada at the heart. The Oratory of the museum is a very intimate place containing historical douments and stunning relics of Palio to which a horse race is dedicated. Because of it's exclusivity with little publicity it really feels like a unique and special experience.

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Siena Duomo

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Siena Duomo Interior

The magnificent Cathedral contains 13th & 14th century Gothic art and gives you a real feel for the authenticity of the town and is a must see, as well as the towns palaces and wonderful architecture. After admiring the views you can wonder down to the beautiful Palazzo on the Piazza del Campo of which the town hall is the focal point.

Siena Views

Wondering around Siena is a real pleasure around every corner or there is a sight to admire, it really is a unique experience and all centered around the contrade district. Meaning that you can see the main sites and visit all the tourist areas on foot, a wonderful way to spend your time.

Palio di Siena

With a history dating back to the 1300s and its first “modern” edition being held in 1656, the Palio di Siena is one of the oldest traditions in Italy. This medieval horse race is held twice every year on July 2 and August 16 and is participated upon by 10 horses and their riders. They represent 10 of the 17 contrade of the city, which are city wards that were originally set up in the Middle Ages to serve administrative and military functions. The jockeys wear their contrade’s official colors and circle around the shell-shaped Piazza del Campo. The rivalry between the participants are fierce, and the race itself can be dangerous because of the difficult bends in the race route around the piazza.



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San Gimignano

Not far from Siena is San Gimignano, a tiny walled town with cobblestone streets and small squares famous for its numerous towers, frescoes and works of art. There is a small museum located on this hill-top town that includes valuable works of art.

As this is a very traditional town you can still see skilled craftsman practising their art of producing handmade objects to a very high standard and later on you can wander through this beautiful old town and try their award winning ice cream.


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