The Accademia Musicale Chigiana organizes the Settimana Musicale Senese
Fortezza Medicea and other venues play host to Siena Jazz
festival recognised worldwide and organized by
the Associazione Siena Jazz in July and August.
such as the Abbazia di San Galgano and Abbazia di Sant’Antimo, both
outside Siena are the venues for the Estate Musicale Chigiana
Accademia organizes in July, August and September (tel. 0577 2 20 91).
Festa di Santa Cecilia
is held in November. Performances and
exhibitions are organized in honour of the patron saint of musicians. Caffè
(Bianchi di Sopra 25) is a café during the day and in the
evening the bar transforms into a stage for up and coming musicians, a lovely relaxed atmosphere.
Get ready to dance all night long at Al Cambio
Via di Pantaneto 48 (closed Sun).
is a medieval celebration which involves dressing up in historic costumes, horse races, food, drink and much fun... The contrade
(districts ) of Siena, in fact 10 out of 17, enter the biannual competition. The contrade are distinguished
by colours and animals that represent each. Rivalry between the contrade is so fierce that
sometimes street fights are the order of the day! It is the horse arriving
first ( with or without rider) who decides which district wins.
It is very difficult to find a good place to watch the race since the square is not huge and cannot accommodate all the excited crowds. You will need to arrive at least 4 hours before the start to find a place, or sit at a
cafe or shop around the piazza, or just
sit back in your apartment and watch it on TV.
In case you want to see the spectacle in just 20
minutes, Cinema Moderno (tel. 0577 28 92 01; Piazza Tolomei; open
10am-5pm) shows it on film.
Several agencies organize tours
in and around Siena. Among them are: Hortibus
(tel. 348 910 07 83; www.hortibus.com
) offering tours to gardens and villas. Treno Natura
(tel. 0577 20 74 13; www.ferrovieturistiche.it
(May-Jun and Sep-Oct) travels Siena, Asciano, Val d'Orcia and Stazione di Monte Antico and offers a new way to see the stunning Tuscan landscapeEcco Siena
tours Siena town (tel. 05774 32 73; Mar-Oct).