name:English (United Kingdom) Events in Siena and Surroundings

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

Lady Florence Phillip's dream

From 24 July to 10 January 2021

The exhibition Lady Florence Phillip’s dream - The Johannesburg Art Gallery collector will be set up from 24 July to 10 January 2021 at Santa Maria della Scala and promises to be the most important exhibition of 2020 in Siena. The museum itinerary develops into 64 works coming from the Johannesburg Art Museum Collection.

Masterpieces by international artists from the mid-nineteenth century to the late twentieth century are accompanied by works of African art of the twentieth century. The most significant names include Degas, Monet, Cézanne, Van Gogh, Matisse, Modigliani, Turner, Rodin, Pissarro, Warhol and Picasso. However, the real protagonist of the exhibition is Lady Florence Phillips, founder of the Johannesburg museum and fervent supporter of South African art and culture.

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Vivi Fortezza 2020

From 5 June to 11 October 2020

This year one of the most sought for summer events is back in a fascinating historical space in Siena: Vivi Fortezza 2020. As usuale, a great calendar of events, from 5 June to 11 October, takes place around the sixteenth-century Medici Fortress.

This year, however, the festival focuses on responsible sociality, based on social distancing and protection for everyone's health. The relaunch of the historical complex and its green spaces as an event location involves the square of the Forte di Santa Barbara, the loggia, the avenues and the bastions. The many scheduled activities focus on six themes: music, art & culture, sport & wellness, food & fairs, children and cinema.

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Chigiana International Festival – Our sounds

From 5 July to 3 September 2020

This year the famous event of the Chigiana International Festival & Summer Academy relives in a new way, adapted to the latest rules on events. It will be a hybrid festival, live and digital together, with live concerts and many spaces for online exhibitions and insights. The international event takes the name of Our sounds, will take place from 5 July to 3 September 2020 and will include 18 live shows.

The opening concert, entitled "I have a dream" and dedicated to Sepulveda, will play on 5 July in Piazza Duomo, in the heart of Siena, as a symbol of the return of music to the Tuscan city. Other performances will follow in Sant'Agostino, Piazza Jacopo della Quercia and in magical places of our province such as the Chiostro di Torri e Vitaleta in Val d'Orcia, with internationally renowned musicians.

Walks in the contrade 2020

From 18th January till 28th November 2020

Walks in the contrade of Siena is a cycle of itineraries to dive into the soul of the city of the Palio. Seventeen walks, starting on January 18, will tell seventeen stories steeped in local history, tradition and folklore.

The 2020 edition of the author's walks focuses on the theme "Seventeen stories, one story" and explores all the districts of the Palio with in-depth analyses of the respective museums, oratories, traditions and odd facts. The seventeen sisters, to whom the citizens are still very close, boast an ancient history and, precisely thanks to the proverbial discord, contributed to a very strong sense of belonging. Discover now the calendar of walks 2020.

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.

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.

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