Witness the history of Siena
Siena is one of the best-known examples of a medieval village for its exceptional Piazza del Campo square, its characteristic alleyways, and especially for its strong Palio tradition.
During the days of the Palio, the city is tinged with colours and an ancient atmosphere. But the history of this city is also kept alive by the artisans, who enliven narrow streets and alleys with their traditional workshops. Walking these alleys, you will feel like you have been catapulted into another era.
On top of being a creative space, each workshop is a home for the artisan. A home in which small secrets, methods of workmanship and everything related to their handicraft art has been passed down from father to son, from grandfather to grandson. This makes for a unique product that would be impossible to find elsewhere.
The historic workshops of Siena add something special to this city. They represent families who have worked for generations to carry on an activity which has survived to the present day and is now an attraction for many visitors. With their antique furnishings and signs, some of them unchanged over time, they give the city a unique charm.
At www.terredisiena.it you will find a section called ‘walks and outdoors’ with an extensive list of routes. These include ones designed around the historic workshops, as well as special signs and artisans, whose art tells the story and traditions of this city.