Siena has always been a generous land, animated all year long by the historic Palio, art and culture festivals and exhibitions.

Discover the not to be missed events in Siena and its surroundings

Palio of Siena

2nd July and 16th August

In July and August one of the highlights of the Tuscan events is held: the Palio.

It’s more than a simple horse race, it’s a very ancient tradition that inflames the souls of the citizens lined up in the different districts. The Palio ofSiena is run twice a year in the iconic Piazza del Campo, which, with its shell shape, is ideal for an exciting race to win.
The Palio is one of the best-known folkloristic events in the world and attracts every year fans, tourists and simple curious who enjoy the contrada dinners, the historical parades and, obviously, the horse race from an exclusive position.

Treno Natura

From March to December

The spring in Tuscany begins with a jump back in time: the journeys on the historic trainways of the Treno Natura start in this period. The train reaches the fair Mostra Mercato del Tartufo Marzuolo in San Giovanni d'Asso, but this is only the first of the events on schedule.

The picturesque train takes you in past times and idyllic landscapes: you travel on "centoporte" (“one hundred doors”) carriages driven by steam locomotives, rattling in the green Tuscan hills. In some areas you can only see fields and flocks: the atmosphere is truly unique. The Treno Natura, leaving from Siena, stops in some romantic stations during the most beautiful festivals and folk events in Tuscany.

Fiera delle Messi

15 and 16 June 2019

San Gimignano is just a few kilometres from our hotel in the centre of Siena, but during the Fiera delle Messi it seems much further away ... at least in time.

The Fiera delle Messi takes place on 15 and 16 June in San Gimignano, which definitely changes its face. Historic buildings, narrow streets and ancient squares are crowded with men and women in medieval garments. A characteristic market is also set up with ancient stalls, arts and crafts and artisans at work. Storytellers, musicians and dancers liven up the atmosphere on the two days of celebration, while proud knights walk down the streets of the village.

Vivi Fortezza 2019

From 4 June to 30 September 2019

This year one of the most sought for summer events is back in a fascinating historical space in Siena: Vivi Fortezza 2019. A rich calendar of events, from 4 June to 30 September, will bring new life to the sixteenth-century Medici Fortress.

The scheduled activities will range from music to the food and wine universe, through art and disciplines of psycho-physical wellbeing. The relaunch of the historical complex and the surrounding green areas as a location for events will involve the internal square, the loggia, the avenues and the San Domenico bastion. The festival will be focused on six themes: music, art & culture, sport & wellness, food & fairs, children and cinema.

Discover the whole program online and live the Fortress!

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