History of the city of Siena
Historical background of Siena
Legend has it that the city was founded by Senio, son of Remus, who was killed by his twin brother Romulus. Senio allegedly left Rome with his brother Ascanius because he was persecuted by his uncle Romulus. They found refuge in the Sienese countryside and founded the city. Commemorating the mythological foundation is the depiction of the Sienese She-wolf, which is very present in the city. One only has to walk through the squares or enter some of the buildings to discover how many references are scattered throughout Siena’s old town.
Discover the history of the city of Siena.
Vicolo degli orefici
A charming alleyway that preserves the echo of an ancient art and perhaps also the Via Francigena… and a chilling
Basilica dei Servi
A place of history and sacred art in the historic centre of Siena. The full name of the basilica is
The view from the bastion of the Fortress
Admire Siena from one of the city’s most romantic spots. The Fortezza Medicea, also known as Forte di Santa Barbara,
Templar mysteries and secrets in one of the oldest churches in Siena. The ‘Poor Fellow-at-Arms of Christ and the Temple
The head of Giomo and the ghost of the botanical gardens
As you stroll through the streets of Siena, remember to lift your gaze from time to time… some of the
Torre del Mangia
Symbol of Siena The Torre del Mangia is one of the most famous towers in Tuscany, symbol and pride of