Take this panoramic tour to explore Siena off the beaten path.
Fontebranda, an ancient settlement for artisans, is now host to the first citadel for craftsmanship: SienArtefice. Here, goldsmiths, ceramicists, glass masters, typographers and many other types of craftsmen, work using techniques that mirror old-time Sienese traditions.
Visitors to the city also won’t want to miss enjoying a view of the Duomo from one of the terraces of the Basilica of San Domenico.
Siena’s sixteenth century fortress is another important vantage point where you can enjoy a glimpse of the medieval city. In its underground passageways and cellars, characterized by vaulted brick ceilings, you can visit the ‘Enoteca Italiana’ wine shop which promotes exhibitions and wine-linked events all over the world.
Siena’s Via Camollia represents the first urban part of the ancient via Francigena. Ancient pilgrims passing through Siena would once stop to rest in Magione. The Church of San Pietro alla Magione would offer comfort to the spirit. From the Basilica of San Francesco, you see the Dome of Provenzano. Behind the Rocca Salimbeni Fort, you won’t be able to miss the Torre del Magia, while on the right side, you’ll find the grand façade of the Duomo.
Once you’ve reached Via Montanini, go down the steep slope toward Pian d’Ovile, turning right on Via del Lavatoio. Via del Comune is one of Siena’s most picturesque streets leading to Piazza San Francesco, where you can visit the Franciscan Church. In the Oratory of San Bernardino, don’t miss stopping at the Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art. The Basilica of Provenzano was consecrated on October 23, 1611 and it hosts a terracotta Virgin on the main altar.
Siena’s Palio, which takes place on July 2, is celebrated in honor of the Madonna of Provenzano; a second takes place on August 16.