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Guided tours in Siena, a journey through the past

Home > News > Guided tours in Siena, a journey through the past
Postata il: 10 June 2015

Would you like to join a guided tour, following the footsteps of the pilgrims in Siena?
Every Sunday, thanks to the project #SienaFrancigena, you can visit the main stages of the Siena trail which is part of the Via Francigena, the pilgrim route running from Canterbury to Rome.
Siena has a long tradition of hospitality and in the Middle Ages was an important destination for every pilgrim who could find rest and recover energy.

Since then the town has retained its charm and now is a sought-after place for relaxation and for historical and artistic itineraries.
In occasion of this urban trekking project, an activity that Siena has spread to other Italian cities, we list all the stages of the guided tour, bookable from 7th June to 1st November.
Porta Camollia is the starting point because, as you know, the Medici coat of arms with the Latin inscription “Cor magis tibi Sena pandit” is a reference to the generous hospitality of Senese people.

Here begins Via Camollia, where are located three important places for pilgrims who once followed this path.
There is the Church of San Pietro alla Magione: its name refers to the houses with porch that hosted members of the Knights Templar who were on their way to Jerusalem.

Along Via Camollia you will see the house of Baldassare Peruzzi, a pupil of the architect and painter Pinturicchio, an artist tied to his hometown, so as to have collaborated with his master to the realization of the frescoes in the Piccolomini Library in Siena Cathedral.
The Church of Santa Maria in Portico in Fontegiusta is the last stop of Via Camollia, it was built in Renaissance style and is one of the religious buildings lesser known by tourists, hough it is an important testimony of the victory of Siena against Florence in the battle of Poggio Imperiale in 1479.

The guided tour continues along Via Montanini, Banchi di Sopra and Via dei Pellegrini, arriving in front of the Duomo, undoubtedly the best-known stop from those who went on holiday in Siena.
The center of the itinerary it is here, because a few steps away is the Santa Maria della Scala, which in the Middle Ages was one of the oldest hospitals in Europe.

Thanks to this museum complex you can appreciate the concept of “slow tourism”, in other words the opportunity to visit both the main sights and the most hidden places without haste, with the intent to discover interesting anecdotes about museums, palaces, churches, squares, alleys and glimpses of landscapes that are part of the identity of a town.
The tour also includes a stop at Porta Romana, the main Siena gate, and Orto de’ Pecci, a green oasis in the heart of the town.
This is the last stage of the itinerary, a weh of experience that gathers landscapes, stories, really peerless emotions.

To join #SienaFrancigena you have to book by phone at 0577.292128 or by email to turismo@comune.siena.it. The ticket price is € 20 for adults and € 10 for children.

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