The Churches of the Mendicant Orders

The Churches of the mendicant orders are placed in strategic positions, each in a cardinal point. You will have the opportunity to tour the whole city, see unique views and panoramic points and to admire the precious treasure that the churches keep inside. The four churches you will visit are the Basilica of San Domenico, the Church of Sant’Agostino, the Basilica of Santa Maria dei Servi and finally the Basilica of San Francesco.


On this tour you will discover the mendicants orders: Dominicans, Augustinians, Servants and Franciscans.
They settled in Siena in the 13th century on the edge of the city, so as to build very large churches to welcome numerous faithful. The churches are architecturally very interesting, typical Gothic and inside they preserve outstanding artworks. We will tell you the stories of the mendicant orders, their traditions, their lifestyle and many other curiosities.
The visit will begin at the Basilica of San Domenico, also famous because it contains the relic of the head of St. Catherine of Siena, patron saint of Italy and co-patron of Europe. In the chapel of the relic you will admire the sixteenth-century frescoes painted by the Piedmontese artist Giovanni Antonio Bazzi, known as Sodoma.
You will continue the tour along panoramic routes, passing by the Sanctuary of St. Catherine and at the end of the historic Via Banchi di Sopra you will continue the walk in one of the main streets of Siena, Via di Città.
When you arrive in front of the Church of Sant’Agostino, which unfortunately is not always open, you will admire another breathtaking panoramic view. Inside, there are important Renaissance works of Perugino, Luca Signorelli, Francesco di Giorgio Martini and the beautiful fresco of the Majesty of Ambrogio Lorenzetti.
The visit continues towards another hill where you will find the Basilica of Santa Maria dei Servi, a church with a long artistic history that combines many different styles in a unique and unrepeatable continuum. The church preserves important works such as Francesco Vanni’s “Annunciation” and Rutilio Manetti’s “Nativity”. You will have the chance another time to admire Siena in all its beauty from this charming panoramic viewpoint.
The last church you will visit is the Basilica of San Francesco, in pure Romanesque style but restructured over the centuries. Here you will admire the frescoes of the brothers Lorenzetti and discover the miracle related to the “Sacre Particole” (holy hosts) that are miraculously still preserved after almost 300 years.


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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!