EVENTS in SIENA
Apart from the Palio, there are smaller festivals and events in and around Siena during the year. It is best to ask for more information on your arrival but below are a few things you may want to check out. Information and reservations for disabled persons for events organized by the City Administration Phone: 0577 292215.
ACCADEMIA MUSICALE CHIGIANA
The famous Accademia Musicale Chigiana on Via di Citta sponsors classical concerts and opera all year round, culminating in the Chigiana International Festival and Summer Academy in July and August. During this event the musicians perform in many theatres and historic palaces in the city.
Address: Accademia Musicale Chigiana, da Basso, Via di Città, 89
Phone: 0577 22091 / Fax: 0577 288 124
Website - More info: http://www.chigiana.it/
OPERAS IN MONTERIGGIONI CASTLE
A magic scenary for Verdi and Puccini's Operas: inside the Monteriggioni Castle!
Discover this wonderful event during summer, visit our page dedicated to Opera and Classical Concert in Monteriggioni!
ASSOCIAZIONE SIENA JAZZ
In July/August the Siena Jazz Association organises many open-air concerts. In winter its activities are based on particular events and various professional courses.
Address: Fortezza Medicea, 10
Phone: 0577 271 401 / Fax: 0577 271 404
Website - More info: http://www.sienajazz.it/
OUTDOOR CINEMA & THEATER
During the summer, the program "Cinema in Fortezza" shows outdoor movies at the Fortezza Medici in June and July. During the month of August, films are shown at some of the parks in Siena. A different movie is featured each night, under the stars. Also, outdoor theater performances by small community groups are sometimes offered. Look around for advertisements for small, inexpensive performances that are often posted around town.
SAGRES & FESTIVALS: LE SAGRE E LE FESTE
These small celebrations in communities in and surrounding Siena, and also held in the contrade of Siena are usually held during Spring, Summer and Fall. The Sagra celebrates a particular food product or type of local specialty, and festivals range from political to religious. Festivals range from "Festa dell'Uva"(Chianciano Terme), to "Sagra della Bruschetta"(Gaiole in Chianti), to "Sagra del Fungo." Contact the office of tourism for an updated schedule.
Treno Natura is a relaxed train trip through the countryside south of Siena, from spring to autumn, these old-style trains depart on Sundays for the day through the Val d'Arbia, Val d'Orcia and La Crete. For those of you who interested in exploring the magnificent Siena countryside in all its grandeur and tranquillity, take a ride on the Natura Train. This seasonal adventure on a steam powered train takes you back to "another time" with its winding paths through the Sienese countryside. The trip begins in Siena and stops in Asciano and Monte Antico before returning to Siena.
Phone: 0577 207413
Website - More info: http://www.ferrovieturistiche.it/it/fvo/
There's an extensive city market every Wednesday between 8am and 1pm, filling the streets around the Fortezza and La Lizza park.An antique market takes place in Piazza del Mercato on the 3rd Sunday of every month, except in August.
Two sample festivals during the year are: Santa Lucia, December 13, Pian dei Mantellini and San Giuseppe, March 19, Contrada dell'Onda, Via Duprè.