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Siena Tuscany's Mediaeval Heart

2 November 2021

5 days from £1,595pp

Siena is the most proud and majestic of Italy’s great mediaeval cities. Its ornate Gothic churches and palaces are the perfect pendant to Renaissance Florence, and beyond its mighty city walls lies a countryside that is the very essence of Tuscany
  • Explore the enormous scallop-shaped Piazza del Campo, venue of the Palio horse race, one of the greatest Italian festivals 
  • Museo dell’Opera del Duomo with Duccio’s great Maesta from the high altar of the Cathedral
  • Excursion to see the evocative Gothic ruins of the Cistercian abbey of San Galgano Cathedral
  • Witness the beautiful Romanesque cathedral which houses the sculpted shrine of Saint Cerbonius in Massa Marittima
Siena is the most proud and majestic of Italy’s great mediaeval cities. Its ornate Gothic churches and palaces are the perfect pendant to Renaissance Florence, and beyond its mighty city walls lies a countryside that is the very essence of Tuscany. According to myth founded by Senius and Aschius, sons of Remus, Siena experienced a golden age in the Ducento and Trecento, covering roughly one hundred years from the victory over the rival Florentines in 1260 to the disastrous outbreak of the Black Death in 1348. Siena was never to recover fully from the epidemic’s aftermath, though it submitted to Medicean Florence only in the middle of the 16th century — and thus sunk into relative oblivion. As a result, it has uniquely preserved its intact mediaeval cityscape, created by merchants and bankers whose wealth was founded on the flourishing wool trade. In the 14th century, they were among the richest in Europe, and the sophistication of their comparatively small city state was on a par even with Paris. This short Art Pursuits Abroad Study Tour is a treasure hunt across atmospheric squares and along narrow streets, up and down the city’s three hills, to explore richly endowed museums and sumptuous historic buildings, to discover the monumental marble masterworks of Nicola and Giovanni Pisano, and study the graceful paintings of Duccio, Simone Martini and the Lorenzetti.

Your Accommodation

Hotel Palazzo Ravizza

★★★
Overview
The Hotel Palazzo Ravizza is a comfortable Superior 3-star hotel, ideally located in the centre of Siena – rooms are furnished in classic Italian style and some of them enjoy lovely views over the hilly countryside. The hotel has a Bar.
Room Facilities & Amenities
  • Wi-fi 
  • TV
  • Minibar
  • Air-conditioning