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Siena: Instant Photography City Tour

1. Siena: Instant Photography City Tour

Discover Siena in a unique and original way, through the lens of instant photography. To begin, grab your necessary kit, which will include an instant camera to rent and 10 to 20 instant film, before following the map through the city. Snap a photo when the feeling strikes. Take the opportunity to discover the most evocative places in Siena's historic center, including Piazza del Duomo, Piazza del Campo, Contrada Fountains, and many more. With your guidebook, enjoy reading about the history alongside various points of photo interest. These anecdotes include fascinating facts about the city and its people. Make sure to fill up the 15 photo spaces inside the guidebook. At the end of the tour, take home a photo album filled with the photos you snapped as a memento from the day.

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Siena: The 17 Fantastic Animals Self-guided Walking Tour

2. Siena: The 17 Fantastic Animals Self-guided Walking Tour

Enjoy this Italian favorite in a unique and interactive way: through the lens of photography. Explore the city as an urban safari, and look for the animals hidden around the city and the fountains that give Siena its fairytale atmosphere. First, grab the necessary kit, including an instant rental camera, instant film, the guidebook "The 17 Fantastic Animals of Siena", which contains 17 spaces to fill with photos, a city map, and a backpack. Take the opportunity to discover the most beloved place in Siena's historic center: the Contrade fountains. Track and trace each animal, symbolic of one of 17 historic Siena districts. Solve riddles and hear stories about each Contrade, or district. Snap those instant photos like Warhol did it. Attach a photo directly to the guidebook, preserving the memories of a day spent in Siena for the whole family.

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Siena: The Life of St. Catherine Tour

3. Siena: The Life of St. Catherine Tour

Begin with the Basilica of San Domenico, exploring this extraordinary chapel dedicated to the saint on the right side of the nave. Your tour continues to the suggested birthplace of St. Catherine, which became a sanctuary in 1464 shortly after her canonization. The sanctuary consists of three oratories with decorations of different periods, ranging from the Renaissance to the Baroque to the Sienese Purism. These oratories allow you to understand the intense mystical and diplomatic life of St. Catherine. From the house of St. Catherine, descend towards Fontebranda, one of the oldest and most important medieval fountains whose water was used by the dyers. The district of Fontebranda was in fact inhabited by many dyers who had their houses, laboratories, and warehouses for dyeing cloth in this area. Among them was Catherine’s father, Jacopo Benincasa. From the fountain, decide whether to take the escalators that lead near the Duomo or walk along the Via del Costone, which offers wonderful panoramic views. Catherine used to walk this way to reach the cathedral and the hospital, and it was there that according to legend she had her first mystical vision as a small girl. You then reach Piazza San Giovanni, where the baptistery is located. It was rebuilt there as a sort of second façade of the cathedral during Catherine’s ages, who received the sacrament of Baptism there. Going up the steps of the Baptistery you reach the Duomo, in front of which the imposing building of the Hospital Santa Maria della Scala stands. In this place, Catherine used to offer her help to the sick and poor people of the city. Inside you will visit the Oratory where Catherine rested and prayed after having dedicated herself to works of charity.

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