Siena and the Tuscan Hills
Although Siena is less well know than Florence, it is a marvelous city and well worth a visit. Siena and the surrounding hills will capture your heart at the first glance.
The iconic symbols of Siena are Piazza del Campo, the Municiple building, the Civic Museum and the incredible views from the top of the Torre del Mangia tower. And thn the Cathedral and it’s museum, and the Museum “Spedale di Santa Maria della Scala”.
Do you want to see something unusual with your group? We can organize a walking tour of the most characteristic of the 17 quarters of of the city and the civic museums to get a better understanding of the famous “Palio” which is a historical race, held in the main piazza, where the various quarters compete with their own jockey and horse. .
If you have time, you can visit the area surrounding Siena such as the area of Chianti and the medieval hamlets. An alternative could be the Orcia valley and the whole area is a nature and cultural park that is a Unesco World Heritage site. The “Nature Train” – a steam train that has many itineraries through the Tuscan hills, leaving and travelling back to Siena, would be a great addition to the trip for your group.
Another pearl of this area is the Chiana Valley, where the famous oil, the prize winning beef and Chiana honey are produced, and the rolling hills and pretty towns make it an incredible place to hold a day trip.The most important towns in this area are Cortona, Chiusi and Montepulciano.