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Christmas holidays in Siena with children: a guide for tourists

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Postata il: 12 diciembre 2016

If you are planning a trip in the city of the Palio and you will be on holiday with children, it’s useful to know what to do for Christmas and throughout December.

To ease this task, we have compiled the most interesting events planned for All the Christmas of Siena (the name of the festival that includes a wide range of events), so you can book your stay and spend unforgettable days with your children.

Friday, December 16
The nativity reinterpreted by children through the sacred iconography and contemporary secular visions

Where: Fondazione Monte dei Paschi di Siena, Palazzo Sansedoni, Banchi di Sotto 34 – 5:00 pm/ 6:30 pm.

The bilingual art workshop is part of the interdisciplinary instructional design OdA32 dedicated to Christmas holidays and focused on the national artistic heritage. The event is related to the artistic exhibition “Nativity from fifteenth century in Siena” and the entrance is free, upon reservation. For information: phone number 338 8686285,

Saturday 17 and 24 December

Bilingual Art Labs 2016-2017
Where: Corte dei Miracoli, Centro Culture Contemporanee, Via Roma 56 – 10/11.30 am
Workshops for children aged 5 to 12 years

Bilingual interdisciplinary artistic workshops. The children experience the use of language, dialogue with the past, always starting from contemporary art, through the use of a foreign language.

Saturday, December 17

How to make a tree: reading performances for children
Where: Biblioteca per bambini e ragazzi della Biblioteca Comunale degli Intronati, Via della Sapienza 3 – 11:00 am

The migration stories with happy endings. Reading performance.
Free entrance, reservation required (maximum 25 participants per meeting).
Recommended age: 8-10 years
For information and reservations
Phone number 0577 292636-666,

Sunday, December 18
Guided tour dedicated to medicinal herbs explained to the children.
Where: Botanical Garden Siena, Via P. A. Mattioli 4 – hour 10/12:00 am and 3:00/5:00 pm

From the ancient to the modern herbal science through a practical guided tour including the creation of a balsamic ointment.
Recommended ages 6 and up. Term visit and workshop: 2 hours (minimum number of participants 6 children).
Cost 10 € Family ticket (2 adults + 2 children) – additional lab cost 3 euro per child. For information phone number 338 4696296, 339 1125987,

Saturday, December 24
Little pilgrims along the Via Francigena discovering one of the oldest hospitals in Europe.

Where: Museum Complex Santa Maria della Scala, Piazza Duomo – 3:00 pm

Urban trekking for children on the Via Francigena. The guided tour with Balia Gioconda allows kids to discover stories and anecdotes related to the hospitality and the pilgrimage, with a show in the Santa Maria della Scala. The trek will end at Porta Romana. After the tour will be offered the “Pilgrim’s snack”.
Meet and pick tickets at Palazzo Squarcialupi information point, Piazza Duomo.
Ticket cost € 7.50 for children, 10 euro for adults.
For information phone number 347 6137678, 348 0216972,

Sunday, December 18
Waiting For Hanukkah: Tales Of Oil And Lights
Stories, games and flavors to discover the Hanukkah celebration.

Where: Synagogue of Siena, Vicolo delle Scotte 14 – 3:30 pm

Activities for adults and children, recommended for ages 6 years. Booking confirmation is required
The synagogue is always open for guided tours every half hour from 10.45 am (last admission 4.45 pm), the cost of the ticket is 5 euro, the family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) costs 10 euro. Fee for guided tours: 4 €, reduced 3 €.
For information and reservations: phone number 0577 271345,

Sunday, December 18

Where: Santa Maria della Scala Museum Complex, Bambimus, Piazza Duomo 2 – 4:00 pm / 5:30 pm

Workshop for children dedicated to Christmas, for information call the phone number 0577 534531,,

Credits: Bambimus

Monday, December 19
Art and mathematics experiments, art workshops for children

Where: Corte dei Miracoli, Sala Gialla, Via Roma 56 – 5.30 pm/7:00 pm

A journey to discover the languages of modern and contemporary artists in relation to the world of mathematics. Art lesson for children supported by various technical experiments, artistic games and using multimedia means to an active and continuous participation.
Cost of the workshop: 13 euro, for information call the phone number 338 8665742,

Tuesday, December 20

Where: Botanical Garden Siena, Via P.A. Mattioli 4 – 10:00 am/5:00 pm

The botanical origin, the customs and traditions related to the plants of Christmas. The children can join the “treasure hunt”, finding the Christmas plants that live in the Botanical Gardens, photographing them and indicating their location. At the end of the hunt, participants will have a small gift.
The initiative will be ongoing until January 6, 2017 (all days including holidays); the cost is 10 Euros per family (2 adults + 2 children). For information call the phone number 338 4696296, 339 1125987,

This year in Siena there is plenty of choice for families traveling with kids and for those who want to have fun enveloped in the cheerful and festive atmosphere of Christmas. Come celebrate with us!


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