"O gracious city well-beloved, Italian, and a maiden crowned, Siena, my feet are no more moved Toward thy strange-shapen mountain-bound: But my heart in me turns and moves, O lady loveliest of my loves, Toward thee, to lie before thy feet And gaze from thy fair fountain-seat Up the sheer street..." − Siena by Algernon Charles Swinburnes
Set in the Tuscan Hills, Siena is an impressively well-preserved and highly artistic Italian city. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1995, the organization commends Siena "as a work of art that blends into the surrounding landscape." This Medieval town boasts stunning architecture and design that will delight the most inquisitive visitors. As a guest on our walking tour of Siena, you are invited into Presto's intimate learning environment to discover its plentiful history and experience first-hand its grand beauty.
We begin at the Piazza Del Campo, the heart and soul of the city and one of the most beautiful squares in all of Italy. Our tour will include a visit to the magnificent Cathedral of Siena, where your guide will talk about the architecture, art and history of this church that was built in the 13th century, and today home to the Metropolitan Opera Museum and Piccolomini Library. We will visit Siena's Public Palace, home to the city's Civic Museum as we visit and discuss some of the finest art in Italy including work by Ambrogio Lorenzetti and Simone Martini.