SIENA
The Tuscan villages of the Sienese
SIENA HISTORICAL CENTRE (UNESCO SITE SINCE 1995)SAN GIMIGNANO HISTORICAL CENTRE (UNESCO SITE SINCE 1990)PIENZA HISTORICAL CENTRE (UNESCO SITE SINCE 1996)VAL D'ORCIA (UNESCO SITE SINCE 2004)

The Siena historical centre is the symbol of human creativity thanks to its urban and architectural features. In 1995, the Siena historical centre was included in the UNESCO sites list because it is one the best examples of a medieval town. The rivalry between Siena and Firenze was embodied by the architecture of the town, and the citizens of Siena managed to safeguard their town exactly as it was in the XII and XV centuries. Siena, fully projected towards Piazza del Campo, a real urban masterpiece, was designed as a chef d’oeuvre entirely immersed in the surrounding landscape.

San Gimignano has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage list since 1990. In 1928, it became a Monumental Town; it is surrounded by hills, the wooded Poggio del Comune looks on the town and is rich in olive trees and vines and has been famous for its Vernaccia white wine and precious saffron for centuries.

Pienza is a very evocative Tuscan hamlet which in 1996 was included in the UNESCO World Heritage sites list. It is the first centre where the humanistic ideas were applied to urban planning and a milestone in the development of the ideal town as described by the Renaissance.

The Orcia Valley was included in the UNESCO sites list as a cultural landscape in 2004, as one exceptional example of how the landscape was being redesigned during the pre-Renaissance years. The Valley is the symbol of the good governance and the aesthetic research which inspired its creation. It is also a landscape symbol which deeply influenced the development of landscape thinking.

SURROUNDINGS

The Chianti area, Crete Senesi, the Arbia Valley, the Orcia Valley, the Elsa Valley, the Merse Valley, the Chiana Valley, and Amiata.

MAIN CONNECTIONS

By plane: Pisa and Firenze Airports

By train: Firenze-Empoli-Siena; Roma-Chiusi-Siena; Pisa-Empoli-Siena; Grosseto-Buonconvento-Siena railways lines

By bus: from Florence, Rome and Milan

By car: from Northern Italy, Motorway A1 Milano-Roma-Napoli, Firenze Impruneta exit; Firenze/Siena highway. From Southern Italy: Motorway A1, Valdichiana exit, Bettolle-Siena S.S.326 road link.

CAMERA DI COMMERCIO DI SIENA

Tel: +39 0577 202525
Email: segreteria.generale@si.camcom.it
Web: www.si.camcom.gov.it

PROPOSED
ROUTE

DAY 1

You will visit Siena historical centre. First, the Palazzo Pubblico, then the Town Museum and the Torre del Mangia, where the Mappamondo room is open and can be visited, and you will see the “Conquest of the Giuncarico castle”, the masterpiece by Duccio di Buoninsegna, the Maestà and the Guidoriccio by Simone Martini. The Internal Chapel, the Council Room and the Peace Room are enriched with the Allegory of Good and Bad Government by Ambrogio Lorenzetti. You will then visit Piazza del Campo, the S. Maria della Scala Museum, the cathedral and the Facciatone. Let’s visit the S. Domenico cathedral and the oratory of S. Caterina della Notte, who is bound together with Saint Catherine. You will leave for Pienza in the late afternoon, check-in at the hotel and dinner at a typical restaurant.

DAY 2

After getting to S. Gimignano, you will visit its historical centre, the Collegiata and the art gallery.

DAY 3

You will visit Pienza and start from the wonderful Pio II square and the Assunta cathedral and its crypt. Then Palazzo Piccolomini, the ancient summer residence of the Pope Pius II. The Diocesan Museum, located in the Borgia building, can be entered from Corso Il Rossellino: here you can see the precious collection of medieval and modern works of art coming from the cathedral and the ancient diocese of Pienza. You will also visit the S. Francesco church where significant fragments of frescoes dating back to the 1300s can still be seen. Walk to the Pieve di Corsignano, a Romanesque parish church dating back to the year 1000.

DAY 4

Check-out and return trip.