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In a hot summer day, when the first evening breeze starts to blow and the color of the magnificent ancient palaces becomes mystical in the light of the downing sun, you can enjoy a 1-hour guided tour of Siena to discover its ancient history and traditions, stunning churches and fascinating palaces. See the very best of this ancient and mystical city with the help of an
expert guide, who will illuminate its hidden gems, legends, and gripping history. Discover the fascinating tradition of the
Palio horse race and the
Contradas (districts) of Siena. After the tour you will have some free time for an aperitivo or dinner, and then your evening will proceed with the immersion in the music in
Italian opera where renowned singers will perform the best classic arias.
The tour starts in front of our office in the main square of Siena, Piazza del Campo. The square is exactly where the World famous horse race, The Palio, takes place twice a year. You will see the Palio on the screen, and the guide will introduce you to this fascinating tradition telling about the rules of the race and the whole celebration that lasts four days, starting from the assignment of the horses to the Contradas (districts of Siena). You will also learn about the traditional rivalry between Contradas to which everyone in Siena participates from birth. You will then proceed to the middle Piazza del Campo, the most beautiful square in Italy. You will discover the exquisite architecture of the Middle Ages, the impressive townhall (Palazzo Pubblico), that has been the seat of Local Government since the end of the 13th century. From here you will continue onto the impressive private palaces, which line the main street, and learn about the history of the powerful Salimbeni and Tolomei families. During the tour you will stop to admire the Loggia della Mercanzia and the fascinating courtyard of the Chigi Palace, in the very heart of city. The one-hour tour will end in front of the Duomo that is considered to be one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Europe. After the tour you will have some free time for an aperitivo or dinner in a place that the guide will advise to you, and then your evening will proceed with the immersion in the music in Italian opera where renowned singers will perform the best classic arias from La Boheme, Tosca, Madame Butterfly, La Traviata and The Marriage of Figaro. The 1-hour-15-minutes long concert takes place in a beautiful old church in the centre of the city.
- Local guide
- Professional art historian guide
- Walking tour
- Live entertainment
- Admission ticket
What's not included
- Food and drinks