A romantic walk amidst greenery in the historic centre of Siena.
A few steps away from the architectural complex of the Church of Sant’Agostino is a green space: the Orti de’ Tolomei.
A usable park where olive and fruit trees create a serene and peaceful atmosphere within the city walls. Originally, this was the site of vegetable gardens cultivated by the friars of the convent.
Finding green areas within the historical centre is not that difficult, but what is striking about the Orto de’ Tolomei is that it appears out of nowhere, hidden by the city walls and buildings inhabited by citizens and students.
Not only that, but The Drop is bound to captures your attention. This pear-shaped sculpture made of travertine by sculptor Tony Cragg stands right in the middle of the park and was avidly requested by the Contrada della Tartuca of which it has become a symbol. The Contrada della Tartuca uses both the outdoor spaces and a part of the former convent to hold events, concerts and outdoor shows.
Spring and summer are the seasons in which Orto de’ Tolomei welcomes the Sienese and visitors to relax, read a book, listen to music, take a lunch break, take the children to play and enjoy the fantastic views, and what a view it is!
The view of Siena from here is so spectacular it’s ideal for a romantic walk!
The elevated position makes the vegetable gardens a natural terrace from where you can admire the most evocative views of Siena and its surrounding area.
WHERE: Via Pier Andrea Mattioli, 7
Always visible wonder