Piazza del Campo and Siena’s Contrade private tour

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In our company you will admire the most beautiful square of Siena, Piazza del Campo and discover every secret about the history of the city and its 17 districts.
You will visit a precious and little-known church, dedicated to Santa Maria in Provenzano, linked to a very special legend and a medieval castle today seat of a district, incorporated between the palaces of the city.
The walk will end with a visit to one of the Contrada museums, a precious treasure chest of inestimable value.

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Thanks to this 2h-tour, you will have the opportunity to discover the history and traditions of Siena. The visit will begin from the main square, the center of Siena, seat of the Palazzo Pubblico where the most illustrious people administered justice.
Piazza del Campo, whose particular shape resembles a shell, is right in the heart of the city. Considered the most beautiful and famous medieval square in Europe, it has been chosen as a set of famous international films and every year thousands of tourists have the desire to come to visit it.
Why is it the heart of the city? What is the meaning of the word “Campo”? What type of events organize here the Sienese from the early Middle Ages and dedicated to whom? During this tour you will have the opportunity to discover everything about our culture and traditions, which are strongly rooted in our daily life since the Middle Ages.

Siena is divided into 17 districts, which we call Contrade. Every Sienese is a member of one of the Contrada and to become a real member they do a very special baptism. The life in a Contrada takes place as a real city, ruled by a prior who administers it and takes care of it together with the Contrada members.
The Contrada year turns around a very important event for us, the Palio. What is it exactly? Who is it dedicated to? How has it changed over the centuries?
For the July Palio the Church of Santa Maria in Provenzano and for the August Palio the Cathedral dedicated to the Assumption of Mary are the protagonists, where the members of the winner Contrada go to celebrate this very special moment.
The guide will bring you to visit the Church of Santa Maria in Provenzano, a church that remains unknown to most of the tourists, who come to visit Siena. You will find out why this church is considered so special to the Sienese.
Finally you will visit one of the Contrade, in particular its fountain, its oratory, its stable and especially its museum! Every of the 17 Contrade have a wonderful and unique museum, where they keep their prices won during the centuries: beautiful banners made of silk, called Palio, depicted by important local and international artists. A visit to a Contrada museum is a real opportunity to understand the real city of Siena.

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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!