Thanks to this 90-minutes tour, you will have the opportunity to discover the history and traditions of Siena.
The visit will begin from the main square in the heart of the city, Piazza del Campo, whose particular shape resembles a shell. This square is considered the most beautiful and famous medieval square in Europe, it has been chosen as a set of famous international films and every year thousands of tourists come to visit it.
Why is it the heart of the city? What is the meaning of the word “campo”? What type of events are organized here from the early middle ages and dedicated to whom?
You will discover everything about our culture and traditions, which are strongly rooted in our daily life since the middle ages.
Siena is divided into 17 districts, called Contrade. Every Siena's person is a member of one of the Contrade and to become a full member they do a very special baptism.
The "contrada year" orbits around a very important event, the Palio: a horse race that takes place twice a year, on July 2nd and on August 16th. What is it exactly? Who is it dedicated to? How has it changed over the centuries?
The guide will also bring you to visit the Church of Santa Maria in Provenzano, a church that remains unknown to most of the tourists. You will find out why this church is so special for people from Siena.
Finally you will visit one of the Contrade, in particular its fountain, its oratory, its stable and especially its museum! Every Contrada has a wonderful and unique museum, where they keep their prices won across the centuries: beautiful banners made of silk, depicted by important local and international artists.
That's why a visit to a Contrada museum is a real opportunity to really understand the city of Siena.