Audio tour

Audio tourSiena

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  1. Audio tour Summary
  2. Audio tour Summary

    Siena is a city of remarkable and unique world heritage, with its historical and artistic masterpieces, landscape and medieval architecture, local cuisine and famous bareback horse race – the Palio.
    It is one of the most visited cities in Italy, welcoming almost 200,000 tourists each year. In 1995, the historic city centre of Siena was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The local bank, named “Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena”, was founded in 1472, and is now the most ancient active bank in the world!
    The city of Siena has an Etruscan origin, according to several excavations carried out in the historic center, although the documents register it as a Roman city founded by the Emperor Augustus. There is also another legend about the city’s foundation, however.
    The emblem of Siena is a black and silver shield symbolizing the black and white smoke of a sacrificial fire made to the gods by Senius and Aschius. These were the sons of Remus, who was murdered by his brother Romulus, the legend founder of Rome. The two brothers fled from their uncle and founded a new city. Some people say that it was named after Senius, others say that the brothers rode black and white horses and brought the Capitoline Wolf with them. In any case, the fact is that the Roman she-wolf is also a symbol of Siena and can be seen in various squares, including the Piazza del Duomo.
    From the XII-XVIth centuries, Siena was the heart of an independent state known as the Republic of Siena.
    The city is also the birthplace of the great Sienese School of painting, that flourished in Italy in the XIII-XVth centuries. The majority of its masterpieces are conserved in Siena’s museums and can be found in Pinacoteca, Palazzo Pubblico or the Museum complex of Santa Maria della Scala.
    Siena has an ancient cuisine and you should definitely try the “pici” - a thick handmade type of spaghetti. Another local peculiarity is “ribolitta” – a vegetable and bean soup served with bread and garlic. Siena also fights the Veneto region over the claim to have invented tiramisu, so it is worth trying this dessert here.
    The most popular event in the summer, attracting tourists from all over the world, is the Palio. These traditional horse races are held twice a year, in July and August, and are accompanied by several days of city holidays. During this period, Siena is beautifully decorated, and tourists can watch medieval scenes taking place live in the city streets. The Palio itself takes place in the main city square – Piazza del Campo – from where you are invited to start your tour.

  3. 1 Piazza del Campo
  4. 2 Palazzo Pubblico
  5. 3 Tower of Mangia
  6. 4 Fonte Gaia
  7. 5 Palio
  8. 6 Pinacoteca Nazionale
  9. 7 Siena Cathedral (Duomo)
  10. 8 Santa Maria della Scala
  11. 9 Baptistry of St. John
  12. 10 Saint Catherine Sanctuary
  13. 11 Catherine Basilica of San Domenico
  14. 12 Basilica of San Francesco
  1. Audio tour Summary

    Siena is a city of remarkable and unique world heritage, with its historical and artistic masterpieces, landscape and medieval architecture, local cuisine and famous bareback horse race – the Palio.
    It is one of the most visited cities in Italy, welcoming almost 200,000 tourists each year. In 1995, the historic city centre of Siena was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The local bank, named “Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena”, was founded in 1472, and is now the most ancient active bank in the world!
    The city of Siena has an Etruscan origin, according to several excavations carried out in the historic center, although the documents register it as a Roman city founded by the Emperor Augustus. There is also another legend about the city’s foundation, however.
    The emblem of Siena is a black and silver shield symbolizing the black and white smoke of a sacrificial fire made to the gods by Senius and Aschius. These were the sons of Remus, who was murdered by his brother Romulus, the legend founder of Rome. The two brothers fled from their uncle and founded a new city. Some people say that it was named after Senius, others say that the brothers rode black and white horses and brought the Capitoline Wolf with them. In any case, the fact is that the Roman she-wolf is also a symbol of Siena and can be seen in various squares, including the Piazza del Duomo.
    From the XII-XVIth centuries, Siena was the heart of an independent state known as the Republic of Siena.
    The city is also the birthplace of the great Sienese School of painting, that flourished in Italy in the XIII-XVth centuries. The majority of its masterpieces are conserved in Siena’s museums and can be found in Pinacoteca, Palazzo Pubblico or the Museum complex of Santa Maria della Scala.
    Siena has an ancient cuisine and you should definitely try the “pici” - a thick handmade type of spaghetti. Another local peculiarity is “ribolitta” – a vegetable and bean soup served with bread and garlic. Siena also fights the Veneto region over the claim to have invented tiramisu, so it is worth trying this dessert here.
    The most popular event in the summer, attracting tourists from all over the world, is the Palio. These traditional horse races are held twice a year, in July and August, and are accompanied by several days of city holidays. During this period, Siena is beautifully decorated, and tourists can watch medieval scenes taking place live in the city streets. The Palio itself takes place in the main city square – Piazza del Campo – from where you are invited to start your tour.

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  • Lot

    4 out of 5 rating 03-27-2019

    Goed Engels, duidelijk!

  • Anne

    4 out of 5 rating 08-08-2017

    Leuke tour. zo leer je Siena een beetje kennen. wel veel namen en jaartallen. verder prima!

  • Suzanne

    5 out of 5 rating 03-05-2017

    bella città

  • Adriarp

    4 out of 5 rating 08-21-2015

    Tres bien pour visiter les points touristiques les plus importants de la ville.