A Brief History of Siena from her Origins to 1500
In this lecture, students will discover the connection between the myth and the reality of Siena’s mysterious origins. The discussion follows Siena’s unique history from its brilliant social and economic boom in the Middle Ages through the turbulent years of the Renaissance.
Siena, her “Contrade” and the Palio
A brief history of Siena’s division into 17 “contrade” or neighborhoods will provide the background for the fascinating, complicated festival that is called the Palio.
In the weeks that precede the two Palios of July 2 and August 16th the school will organize a series of activities that help students see and live this unique event as much as possible.