Ideas on what to see in Siena for Easter
If you intend to visit Tuscany and want to know what to see in Siena during the Easter holidays, here are some tour suggestions to discover the beauties of the city.
Two itineraries to discover Sienese art
There are two itineraries that I propose and which are ideas on what to see in Siena for Easter: with this tour you will cross some of the most important streets of the historic center, having the opportunity to get to know the most suggestive places in the city, such as the picturesque alleys, the noble palaces and the famous Piazza del Campo.
The visit of the Cathedral of Siena
We will visit the interior of the Cathedral. The “Duomo di Siena” is one of the most refined churches in Italy due to the history and the artists who have worked there over the centuries. The building stands out for its works of art which, precisely because of the succession in the decoration – each one leaving its own stylistic imprint – we can say that the building is a small/large encyclopedia of the history of Italian art .
Through a guided tour inside, it is possible to learn about the historical and architectural events of this grandiose building and the architects who worked on it: among others, Donatello, Michelangelo and Bernini. You will also be able to discover a refined room, an admirable example of Renaissance painting in Siena; located inside the Cathedral and reachable through a small door, the Piccolomini Library is a solemn space with vaults all decorated with frescoes by Pintoricchio and depicting episodes related to the life of Enea Silvio Piccolomini, the future Pope Pius II.
Visit to the Opera del Duomo Museum
Among the ideas on what to see in Siena for Easter, the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo is undoubtedly a place that deserves to be visited if you are a lover of history and art.
Here, in addition to having the opportunity to see the original sculptures of the facade of the Cathedral up close, by Giovanni Pisano, you will also have the opportunity to admire one of the masterpieces of all Italian art: the Maestà by Duccio di Buoninsegna. This altarpiece is the largest altarpiece in the history of Italian painting. The museum houses the central panel of the altarpiece and almost all the panels connected to it, with the representation of the stories of Christ.
Statue of the Cathedral façade, Giovanni Pisano, Museo dell’Opera del Duomo
It is in particular on the Christological scenes that it will be worth focusing one’s attention, since the panels painted by Duccio for the life of Christ stand out for having introduced important stylistic innovations.
In case you want to enjoy a nice walk taking advantage of the spring heat, then my proposal is to take a walking tour through the streets of Siena. We will see not only the main sites of the city from the outside, but also the most unexpected green spaces of a city mainly known for its medieval architectures. Therefore, with an outdoor tour, we could see the beautiful space of the Medici Fortress, located in the north-west area of the historic center and characterized by a pleasant park from which you can enjoy an enchanting view of the city.
Another green space is the Orto dei Tolomei. So named for being near the adjacent Collegio dei Tolomei, this is also a park unknown by tourists since it is located in an area off the usual trajectories. As happens at the Fortress, even from here you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the city and in particular you can appreciate the different shades of the houses and roofs of the city. Thanks to its cultural richness and its many proposals, there is certainly so much to do and things to do and see in Siena at Easter, a city which, in addition to the vaunted image of a medieval city and the Palio, is in fact a great casket of wonders to discover.
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