PRIVATE WALKING TOURS BY ENGLISH-SPEAKING PROFESSIONAL GUIDES
One of the most beloved cities in Italy, Siena has a large pedestrian area and is full of picturesque medieval streets. Extraordinary example of medieval city in Tuscany, Siena stretches on three hills. It became important in the middle Ages because of its strategic position on the via Francigena, the major route pilgrims walked from the north of Europe to reach Rome, center of Christianity.
TOUR DURATION 2-3 HOURS
Your tour guide will be waiting outside the church San Domenico or will meet you at your hotel if centrally located.
The visit starts in Saint Domenico basilica where Saint Catherine of Siena used to meet the pilgrims on their way from the north of Europe to Rome. In this church Saint Catherine experienced moments of ecstasy represented by painter Sodoma in the chapel dedicated to her. The head of the saint is kept as a relict inside the same chapel.
The tour continues with a visit to the house of saint Catherine. Her achievements made her so famous throughout the Italian peninsula that, together with Saint Francis, she was chosen as patron saint of Italy.
Next, is the visit of the Duomo featuring incredible works of art such as the designs and mosaics on the floor and the pulpit by Nicola Pisano.
The walking tour ends in Campo square, the shell-shaped Piazza del Campo famous in the whole world for the “Palio” horse race. Listen to what your guide will tell you about the 17 contrade (neighborhoods), each one represented by a horse, and the 10 contrade that will participate in the race!
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