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.

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!

Contrada Festivals

From June to September

In summer the 17 Contrada districts of Siena are livelier than ever! In addition to the excitement of the two days of Palio - on 2nd of July and on 14th of August - the city spreads energy and joy of life on several occasions.

In particular, each district organizes a festival, dedicated to its own contrada. Music, dances, great dinners and games – as the Palio dei barbieri - animate the streets from morning to late night, involving citizens and tourists in an uncontrollable enthusiasm.

The contrada festivals are open to everyone, not just to the contrada supporters. Do not miss the opportunity to take part in these typical folkloristic events of summer in Siena: discover the official calendar of the district festivals.

Chigiana International Festival & Summer Academy

From 6 July to 31 August 2019

The fifth edition of the Chigiana International Festival & Summer Academy is dedicated to the theme of nature transformed by music (the title of 2019 edition is Out of nature). Over 60 concerts and musical events will take place in fascinating locations in Siena and surrounding countryside from 6 July to 31 August 2019.

The protagonist of the festival, next to the great concerts dedicated to the classical and romantic repertoire, the Italian Renaissance and the eighteenth-century opera, is the 20th and 21st centuries music, with a specific focus on the combination of instrumental music and live electronics. One of the most awaited events is the return, after sixteen years of absence, of the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino conducted by Fabio Luisi.

Discover the Chigiana International Festival Summer Academy program and enjoy a summer of music in Siena!


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