City and Palio Tour

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Walk around the city visiting sacred and profane places. Discover our most important tradition: the Palio. Visit churches and a Contrada museum to better understand Siena and the Sienese. Only a local guide can tell about anecdotes and many curiosities!

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Discover Siena visiting the sacred places and those considered profane. As soon as you arrive in this city you should know that it is divided into 17 districts that we call Contrade. The districts participate in the Palio, the famous horse race that takes place twice a year. You will discover how this event can be defined sacred and profane at the same time.
You will begin your visit in Piazza del Campo, the beating heart of the city, the place where the horse race takes place and where the Palazzo Pubblico is located, now home to the town hall and the Civic Museum. You will know the history of this square, considered as the profane place of Siena. At the beginning it was a real field then it became a square, the meeting point of the citizens.
You will head towards the Owl Contrada, where there is the Ugurgieri castle, a very special medieval place, considered as the heart of the Contrada. What is a medieval castle? How did families live in a tower house and what was its importance?
Explore a place considered sacred to the Sienese: a Contrada Museum. Inside there are the prizes won since the Middle Ages, the historical costumes and the treasures of the Contrada. The museum is run directly by the members of the Contrada that open their doors to visitors, so that they can really understand the city of Siena and what the Palio means for them.
The tour continues towards to the Church of Santa Maria in Provenzano, the main church for the July Palio. The church remains very often unnoticed by those who come to visit Siena, because they do not know its importance. The guide will take you out of the tourist flow and will tell you why precisely this church is celebrated for the July Palio and why when the contrada wins the members go to celebrate right inside. What’s the story behind this church? Here you will understand once again the theme of the sacred and the profane joining in this beautiful and traditional event.
After walking through the streets of the Giraffe Contrada, you will visit the Basilica of San Francesco, which is located just outside the city walls, but no fear … it will be only a little walk. One of the most important and great basilicas of Siena, built at the beginning of the 13th century. A church divided into two districts, holds a story of a miracle, linked to the disappearance of the Sacred Hosts (sacre particole) found after many years still intact. The typically Gothic church preserves the frescoes of the brothers Ambrogio and Pietro Lorenzetti, coming from the ancient cloister next to the church.
The tour is an alternative walk, full of new discoveries, for those who consider themselves so curious and fascinated by the traditions still very anchored in the life of the Sienese.

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For children until 13 years old the entrance is for free, discount for large groups

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Giulia Vannini

My name is Giulia. I am a hiking and diving guide. My passion for nature and animals has accompanied me since I was a child in all my studies. I graduated in Biology and then specialized in Marine Biology, I studied around Italy in important universities and research laboratories. After the Master in Environmental Legislation I returned to my beloved Siena, where my family and my dear friends were waiting for me.
I am from the Shell neighborhood (Contrada del Nicchio), you will discover in our company that the “Contrada life” in Siena is very important since childhood, and it is one of the things that makes this city unique!
Since I was a child I had a passion for teaching, over the years I worked in schools as an educator and so I developed interesting projects in the field of environmental education. My passion for playing with children will never end and in fact I am also a swimming instructor, specialized for people with psychophysical problems.

Thanks to Siena Tourism I create tours and events combining all my studies and my passions. We thought of many walks to do, alone or with the whole family, and many beautiful activities dedicated to children! I expect you soon to discover our enchanting territory together!

Ludovica Noviello

My name is Ludovica and I was born in Rome, where I attended the German school. After the diploma I studied at the Humboldt University in Berlin at the faculty of Foreign Languages and Literature. For many years I lived around Europe, where I worked and continued to study languages. My passions are art and foreign languages, so I decided to move back to my beautiful country to combine them in my job as a tour guide. I moved to Siena, where I studied to become a licensed Tour Guide in Italian, English, German, French, Italian and Spanish.
Siena is an enchanting city, a treasure chest that holds many artistic and cultural beauties and my job is to transmit my love for Siena and the many villages in the Province to those who come to visit it.
As a member of Siena Tourism I am also one of the organizers of this great project.
Our aim is to make you know the best of some of the cities and villages in Tuscany, offering you many beautiful moments to remember forever.
I am sure that this part of Italy will find a special place in your heart!