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The poetic combination of gentle slopes, sun-drenched vineyards and rows of cypress trees is complemented by the superb artistic heritage of the territory of Siena the surrounding its valleys. The area boasts no less than four UNESCO sites (Siena, San Gimignano, Val d’Orcia, Pienza), on top of countless charming villages, medieval abbeys and ancient strongholds. Contemporary art is also booming, especially in Val d’Elsa. Chianti, the stretch of land between Florence and Siena, is a meeting place of poetry and nature. A small enchanted world where white roads cross green hills and lead to the discovery of villages, fairytale castles and solitary abbeys surrounded by vineyards

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Events in Siena in July 2024

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Discover everything there is to do in Siena in July

If you’re planning a trip to Siena in July, you’ve chosen the perfect time to fully immerse yourself in the city’s unique atmosphere!
July offers a rich variety of cultural events, performances, and festivals that will make your stay in Siena even more memorable.
And don’t forget, July is when the Palio dedicated to the Madonna of Provenzano takes place, making the festive atmosphere in the city truly exceptional! Discover what Siena has to offer in July and get ready for an unforgettable experience!

Here are the events in July in Siena:

THE PALIO OF SIENA

The Palio of Siena is not just an event but a tradition deeply rooted in the heart of the city and its inhabitants. Those visiting Siena in July are fortunate enough to witness this unique spectacle, where history, passion, and devotion intertwine. Tourists in Siena during this period have the chance to experience the magical atmosphere of the Palio, engaging in an authentic and captivating experience. It is essential, however, to always respect the traditions and deep sentiments associated with the Palio of Siena.
Discover all the useful information about the Palio on July 2nd.

EXHIBITIONS

“Passions in the Field” by Giovanni Gasparro. Gasparro is one of the leading contemporary artists and has been selected as the painter of the Drappellone for the Palio on July 2nd, 2024, dedicated to the Madonna of Provenzano. On this occasion, the Municipality of Siena has curated an exhibition on the versatile art of the Bari-born painter to highlight its profound content. The exhibition, running until July 7th, spans three locations: the main site at the Magazzini del Sale (Palazzo Pubblico), Palazzo Sansedoni, and the Collegiata di Santa Maria in Provenzano.

PERFORMANCES

Throughout the summer, the series “Sboccia l’estate” (Summer Blossoms) of the Theaters of Siena, curated by artistic director Vincenzo Bocciarelli, offers unmissable events. Drama, dance, music, and theatrical improvisations will take place in Siena’s most enchanting locations, featuring nationally and internationally renowned artists alongside local theater companies. All performances are free of charge! In July, there are three performances scheduled:

  • July 22nd – Piazza del Campo – 10:00 PM
    Russell Crowe & The Gentlemen Barbers in concert
  • July 30th – Fonti di Pescaia – 9:15 PM
    Il poeta e la principessa (with Francesco Burroni)
  • July 31st – Fonti di Pescaia – 9:15 PM
    Cara Anna Magnani (with Caterina Costantini)

Discover the full program of  “Sboccia l’estate” (Summer Blossoms) of the Theaters of Siena!

MUSIC

The concert season of the Accademia Musicale Chigiana continues with the Chigiana Spring Festival, running until July 31st. Discover all the concerts at www.chigiana.org!

GUIDED TOURS

Throughout July, visitors can participate in exclusive guided tours of Ambrogio Lorenzetti’s fresco cycle “The Allegory and Effects of Good and Bad Government” at the Palazzo Pubblico. This initiative allows participants to explore the restoration site, offering an unparalleled experience and a unique opportunity to closely admire these works of art. For more information and to book your visit, click here.

SHOPPING UNTIL MIDNIGHT

Summer in Siena, during the months of July and August, offers a nighttime shopping experience. Every Thursday, shops will remain open until midnight, allowing tourists and residents to shop in a unique evening atmosphere. It starts on Thursday, July 4th, and continues on the 11th, 18th, and 25th of July.

Discover Siena in a different way with the initiative “Siena Shop and Stroll.”

EXCEPTIONAL FLOOR REVEAL AT THE CATHEDRAL

Prepare for a journey through time and art at the Cathedral of Siena, where the marble-inlaid floor will be exceptionally visible to the public from June 27th to July 31st and from August 18th to October 16th, 2024. This exceptional masterpiece, the result of five hundred years of artistic craftsmanship, offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in beauty and profound human values.

Learn more about the exceptional floor reveal at the Cathedral of Siena.

VIVIFORTEZZA FESTIVAL

Siena hosts the fantastic summer festival VIVIFORTEZZA! The Fortezza Medicea transforms into a vibrant center of events with performances, concerts, cultural encounters, and aperitifs. Don’t miss this exciting summer event! Every day offers a different event!
July program coming soon!!!

MARKETS AND FAIRS

Every third Sunday of the month, don’t forget the appointment in Piazza del Mercato with “L’Angolo del Collezionista“, an antique, modern, and collectibles market. It’s the perfect event for vintage object and clothing enthusiasts.

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Facciatone

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Accademia dei Rozzi

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Magazzini del Sale

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Castelvecchio

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Contrada stables

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Fontebranda

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Fortezza Medicea of Siena

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