This tour is suited for those who wish to have a more in-depth knowledge of this town, to get in touch with the history of Siena’s golden gothic age and to learn about the legends and the less known tales that have formed the local community. The tour is ideal tour for second time comers to Siena and travelers who have already a general idea of the town and wish to tour the treasures that would not be visited on a classic tour of town.
Let us guide you off the beaten path, to explore the streets where the locals go about their daily chores, to admire beautiful churches that treasure artistic masterpieces and to discover the medieval alleys where you can feel as though you are immersed in a medieval past.
As you tour the town, your guide will illustrate interesting anecdotes and stories of Siena, and provide information on its people and artists. You will learn of the 17 “Contrade” neighborhoods that run the Palio Tournament and how they are organized. You will begin to understand the fervent Contrada pride, which is evident all year round and erupts during the world famous horse race, the Palio di Siena, held in the town’s main square twice a year.
The main monuments you will visit on tour are the church of the Madonna di Provenzano, to which the Palio of the second of July is dedicated, the Basilica di San Clemente in Santa Maria dei Servi, a beautiful church that holds some of the most wonderful paintings visible in Siena, come across some amazing views and panoramas of the town and have the opportunity of taking some unusual pictures. Continue to the medieval fountains of Fonte Branda, “the talking fountain” one of the main water sources for the town, here your guide will illustrate the peculiar geology of the area and how water has shaped these hills and its civilization.
This tour has been devised as a walk through the town to see mainly exteriors and monuments that do not require an entrance fee. However, being a private tour the itinerary can be customized to best meet your interests and desires. If you decide to enter in any paid museums with your guide on the day, tickets will be at your own expense.