Holidays in Siena

"A work of art only in our western world is only one complete animal, with head, heart, arteries, legs, of which the skeleton remains almost intact, filed on three hills"
Bernard Berenson

"And then he felt the void of loneliness that locked in one of the oldest buildings of Siena. He went to the city over which it collected a sweetness blue, between the hills of a more gentle. That the wonderful beauty humiliated "
Federico Tozzi

"This landscape has served as a model to the brothers Pietro and Ambrogio Lorenzetti to paint the campaign that appears in the frescoes of the Palace huge audience of Siena, entitled The effects of good and bad government: rugged hills, and nude women, sometimes dotted, on the top, a cypress black and red from a farm, landscape sculpted by day and by night time, the Etruscans, monks, peasants from Tuscany, and now pastors sardi "
G?rard Fromanger

Holidays in Siena The Portal for your holidays in Siena, the Palio, events, hotels and more.


Settimana Musicale Senese
Chigiana academy, week of July
Website: / concerti.htm

Estate Musicale Chigiana
Chigiana Academy, July-August
Website: / concerti.htm

Palio di Siena
Piazza del Campo, July 2 and August 16 of each year
Competition between the lands of Siena in the form of a carousel horse in medieval

Getting there

  • By car
  • By train
    For those coming from the north you have direct connection with Florence, while for those coming from the south direct connections start at Chiusi and Grosseto.
  • By plane
    The nearest airport is Florence Peretola which is about 80 km from Siena

Numbers Useful

Agency for Tourism
Via dei Termini, 6 Siena 53100 Siena
Phone: 0577 42209 Fax: 0577 281041

Tourist Information
Piazza del Campo, 56
Telephone 0577 280551 Fax: 0577 270676


Delivered to the legend, the foundation of Siena is attributed to Senio, the son of Remo, one of the mythical founders of Rome, and now revealed as the reason why the emblem of the Tuscan city that is a wolf suckling twins. What is certain is its Roman origins, Siena grew during the period of the barbarian invasions, thanks to its easily defensible position. In the Middle Ages, including the government of bishops, the town developed, fully formed in 1179. Meanwhile Siena began to expand, reaching a win Grosseto and the Maremma. The conflict ended with Florence in the famous battle of Monteaperti (1260) won from Siena. The rise of the Angevin dynasty on the throne of Naples ended the dominance Ghibelline in Tuscany: Siena was so overwhelmed by the return of the Guelphs and the republic fell. There followed a very prosperous period for the city, which is decorated of its most important monuments, and what often happened with various vicissitudes, until the Spanish conquest of the Medici-1555. The first rule of the Medici and Lorena promoted to Siena after economic recovery