The Noble Families and a visit to a Historical Palace


Ready to look always upside down? A tour along the main streets of Siena discovering the families who have made the history of the city. You will retrace the life of the most important noble families admiring their palaces and at the end you will enjoy a visit to a private historical palace that will be opened from the owner only for you.


Siena is a city with a very long history, important people have passed through here and many noble families have built their palaces right in the historic center.
The medieval palaces and castles were built in precise positions, for example along the Via Francigena, the ancient road of pilgrims. However, not only religious men passed along this road, because it was also an important trade route. It was also relevant to build their palaces or tower houses near the city walls. The guide will show you which are the palaces along the Via Francigena and which were those near the walls of the time and you will find out why the location of the palaces was so significant.
You will retrace the lives of the many Sienese noble families, discovering their fascinating stories. These families from the Middle Ages to the 20th century have occupied prominent roles in socio-economic and cultural development and have contributed to the urban appearance of Siena today.
You will begin your tour near the Cathedral. First you will admire the Palazzo Buonsignori and then the tower house. What was a tower house in the Middle Ages? Who lived in it and what did it mean for a family to live in a building so likely uncomfortable?
Discover characteristic streets and the Via Francigena, where you will find the beautiful historical palaces. With the guide you will cross Siena looking always head up.
At a certain point of the tour, you will arrive in Piazza del Campo to admire its splendid palaces that have changed over the centuries, such as Palazzo Sansedoni and Palazzo Chigi Zondadari.
The walk will continue discovering other important families such as Piccolomini, Ugurgieri, Tolomei, Salimbeni and Malavolti. Finally you will arrive at the Historical Palace: you will have the honor to visit the inside of an 18th-century palace, in the company of its owner who will be glad to accompany you to discover the rooms of his beloved palace. A unique opportunity to admire a building, normally not open to public.
This palace tells the story of a very interesting family, who introduced new artistic and cultural realities in Siena. Thanks to this tour you will find out everything about this great Sienese noble family.
Are you curious to know of which family we are talking about? Would you like to visit the inside of one of those buildings where you always thought you could never get in? Don’t miss the opportunity to see a palace that you can find only in the 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!