International Studies Abroad ®est. 1987


Siena & San Gimignano

Location: Italy


Siena is a city in Tuscany, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tranquil, laid-back lifestyle of this town allows students to leisurely stroll the winding cobblestone streets, explore the Renaissance cathedral, and relax in the beautiful town square, Piazza del Campo. Siena retains a ward-centric culture from medieval times. Each ward (contrada) is represented by an animal or mascot. Ward rivalries are most rampant during the traditional medieval horse race horse race (Palio) held on July 2 and August 16 in Piazza del Campo each year.

San Gimignano is a small walled medieval hill town near Siena. It is mainly famous for its medieval architecture, especially its towers, which may be seen from several kilometers outside the town. It has been called the "medieval Manhattan" because of the many towers that make up the skyline. The historic center of San Gimignano was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1990.

Available in the following sessions