Siena and the Gardens of Southern Tuscany

Monday 15th – Friday 19th May 2017


Hill-top Siena, for so long the arch-rival of Florence, will be our base for this five-day tour. It is, even more than Florence, the archetypal medieval Italian city, narrow streets running between tall and imposing palazzi to the huge fan-shaped Campo where the Palio is run twice a year.  The distinctive striped cathedral, perched on the top of one of the city’s hills, catches the eye from almost every direction.  We are based in the five-star Grand Hotel Continental, the former the seventeenth century Palazzo Gori Pannilini, built by Pope Alexander VII as a wedding present to his niece Olympia Chigi on her marriage to Giulio de’Gori, situated in the very heart of the city. From here it is only a few minutes’ walk to the Piazza del Campo and the cathedral.