Siena audio tour: From the Golden Age to the Glory of Siena’s Present Traditions

From the Golden Age to the Glory of Siena’s Present Traditions

Walking Tour

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30 mins
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1mi

About the Tour

Make your way through Siena's dazzling maze of narrow cobblestone streets while taking in its fascinating and colorful history on a walking tour. Founded as an Etruscan settlement, by 1100 Siena had become a powerful city-state, thanks to its strong military, and thriving banking and trading industries. Throughout the following centuries, the Republic of Siena became an important center of Medieval and Renaissance art and scholarship, influencing artists throughout Italy and Europe alike.

Your walk begins in Siena's famous 13th-century Piazza del Campo, the stunning main square, where the famous Palio horse race is still held bi-annually during the summer. Here, I’ll outline the city's rich history while sharing anecdotes and pointing out the square’s main attractions including the Palazzo Pubblico, Siena’s Town Hall, with its majestic bell tower.

This tour includes a brief stop outside the oldest bank headquarters in the world, the Monte dei Paschi di Siena bank, founded in 1472. We'll end in front of the Duomo, one of the most impressive examples of Italian Gothic architecture in Italy.

Tour Producer

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Elisabetta Marchi

My name is Elisabetta Marchi and I am a professional tour guide born and raised in Tuscany, Italy. I have been working in various capacities in the tourism industry for decades and have been a guide since 2002. During this time I have developed an exceptional knowledge of my wonderful region of Toscana. My background is in foreign languages, art history and history, but I am also passionate about wine, food, culture, and above all sharing my region with visitors from around the world.
I like travelling myself and whenever I can, I will look for fellow colleagues to be guided and offered a personal touch on their culture and traditions.
In 2015 my self guided tour on Florence was published, Siena followed and I am looking for other inspirational places across Tuscany.

Major Landmarks

  • piazza del Campo

  • piazza Tolomei

  • piazza Salimbeni

  • Basilica di San Domenico

  • Duomo

Directions to Starting Point

The tour starts from piazza del Campo, the main square in Siena. The two parkings I would recommend are 1) Parcheggio Il Campo with access from via di Fontanella 2) Parcheggio Santa Caterina on via Esterna di Fontebranda.

Next to the second one there is an escalator in case you prefer avoiding a steep walk uphill.

When on the Campo square, facing the majestic building with a very slim tower, you'll notice a deli shop on the right. Just walk there and kick off with the tour!

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Tips

Places to stop along the way

Consorzio Agrario di Siena for fresh local products; Caffe' Fiorella for the best stand up coffee

Best time of day

Early morning or later afternoon

Precautions

Keep an eye on your belongings, it is not so bad but it is better to be aware

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From the Golden Age to the Glory of Siena’s Present Traditions