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Il Museo Civico - top city museum

  • Il Museo Civico - top city museum

    This magnificent city museum (currently closed for restoration) houses some of the city’s greatest treasures. Siena’s city council once met in the vast Sala del Mappamondo, although the huge globe that then graced the walls has disappeared. The Museo Civico showcases medieval city art with a moral message for all masters. Here, too, is Simone Martini’s Maestà, a dreamy Madonna seated on a filigree throne.  Bringing us down to earth is a portrait of a medieval mercenary, the haughty Guidoriccio. Siena has always hedged her bets. This ¬diamond-spangled condottiero (mercenary) is reproduced on cal¬en¬dars and panforte boxes. But in recent years, despite Sienese denials, doubts have been cast on the authenticity of the fresco. Art historians maintain that a smaller painting uncovered below the huge panel is Martini’s original, and that the work we see was executed long after the artist’s death. Instead, Lorenzetti’s Allegory of Good and Bad Government, painted in 1338, shows prosperity as a patchwork of neat fields and busy hoers. Bad Government is a desolate place, razed to the ground by a diabolical tyrant, the Sienese she-wolf at his feet. The realism and vivid facial expressions give the allegory emotional resonance.

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Palio Tour

To say you know a place means to know its traditions. In Siena, it's all about the Palio, the centuries-old traditions formed around a horse race that takes place twice a year, in Piazza del Campo. Taking part in this 1-hour tour, you will get a chance to discover the history and the tradition behind this important horse race. You will visit one of the 17 districts (Contrade) and the guide will show you the district's fountain, where children are baptized. After that you will have exclusive guided tour of the Contrada's museum, where the ‘Standards’, the banners given to the winning Contrada, and the traditional medieval costumes of the Contrada's members are exhibited.

from $19.48

Shore Excursion to Florence with Wine Tasting from Livorno

9-hour tour 
Round trip transportation from/to the port/ship
Comfortable air conditioning minivan
Professional tour guide-driver
English speaking driver
Florence highlights
Visit of a Winery in the Chianti Region
Wine Tasting and Light Lunch
Free wi-fi on board
Free water on board

from $1,529.86

Tuscany Motorcycle Tour - Cities of Tuscany

Discover the main cities of Tuscany with this motorcycle tour! This tour is a MUST if it is your first time in Tuscany. In 2 days we will be able to see all the main cities of Tuscany (obviously Florence is excluded as it is our departure and arrival spot). Between them, we will enjoy the wonderful landscapes and exciting roads of this region. We will visit the born-place of Leonardo, Vinci, the beautiful Lucca, the world famous Leaning Tower of Pisa, the old Etruscan town of Volterra, the magnificent San Gimignano (aka the medieval Manhattan for it’s towers), the historical Siena and Arezzo, the city where Life Is Beautiful was shot.
2 days of touring full of culture, new discovers, nice roads and great food, what else you can ask for?

from $571.84

Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano, Chianti and Monteriggioni Small-Group Tuscany Day Trip

Spend a day discovering Tuscany’s unspoiled hill towns, cities and countryside on a day trip from Florence! The breathtaking area is home to Siena, Monteriggioni, San Gimignano, Pisa and the wine region of Chianti — all sites visited on the tour. Enjoy walking tours of each town, and admire architectural gems such as Siena Duomo. After lunch and a wine tasting at a Chianti estate, spend the afternoon seeing two UNESCO World Heritage sites: San Gimignano Old Town and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Numbers are limited to eight on this small-group tour, ensuring a personalized experience.

from $216.59