Cultural Travels from Home: Live from Siena Cathedral

Thursday 26th October 11.00AM BST


In our series of online webinars, we visit artists, art historians and guides in cultural cities around the world and enjoy an hour’s guided tour, museum visit or demonstration. The visits are live and interactive, allowing you to ask questions. These webinars will enable you to gain special access to sites, studios and galleries whilst at the same time providing a wonderful opportunity to travel virtually from home, no matter your location.

Today we are delighted to bring you a livestream tour, broadcast direct from inside the Duomo di Siena, one of the finest Gothic cathedrals in all of Italy. Our online guided tour includes a walk to the atmospheric Piazza del Campo and will be led by an experienced local guide, Elisabetta. All bookings will include a donation to the Cathedral.


Join us today for a special live broadcast from Siena cathedral.

Siena is a stunning medieval city situated on the ridge of three hills in the heart of Tuscany. During the late 13th and 14th centuries she became a powerful independent republic, a thriving centre of agriculture and one of the most important banking centres of Europe. This led to a flourishing of the arts, a so-called Golden Age, epitomised in the ravishing icons of Simone Martini and Duccio and the construction of a majestic Cathedral which we visit today.

Our guide will look at the unusual history of its construction, and why plans for its extension were dramatically curtailed. Inside we spend time admiring Pisano’s pulpit panels; masterpieces by Bernini, Peruzzi and Donatello; areas of the cathedral’s celebrated pavement, and some little known sculptures by Michelangelo.  After the tour of the Duomo, our guide will take us on a guided walking tour, passing the Baptistery and ending in the Piazza del Campo, one of the most attractive squares in Italy. Here we take time to admire the Palazzo Pubblico or town hall and learn about the famous Palio horse race which takes place here each year.

Elisabetta Marchi is a native of Tuscany who divides her time between Florence and Siena. She has been a licensed guide for over 20 years with a special focus on tours exploring the historical and artistic heritage of Tuscany.

The tour is interactive, so you will be able to put questions to our guide throughout the visit. Our events use the most up-to-date technology to provide you with the best possible virtual experience.


This is a live event starting at 11.00am (UK time).  It will last a little over one hour including interactive Q&A. Tune in live from anywhere in the world, or if you cannot participate live, you will automatically be sent a recording soon after the end of the session enabling you to watch later that day or during the following 2 days. Please note, the recording is only available to those who have not been able to participate live, and it is not possible to purchase a recording after booking has closed.

Booking closes the day before the event is streamed. Please refer to the Further Information panel below.

Art History in Focus is proud to have initiated the concept of online tours in many major European museums and historic sites. We are delighted to have developed these collaborations which continue to raise important funds for the galleries and cultural sites as well as those working in the cultural sector.

Further Information


1. BOOK.

Click on the gold “Book This Course/Event” button, fill in the online booking form and pay online. You will be notified automatically by email once your booking has been accepted.

Please ensure you enter your email address correctly, as your Zoom link will be sent to this address, thank you.

The participation fee is £11.50 per person, if making bookings for a number of people please provide their email addresses and book them as separate participants.


Download ZOOM once you have booked – please print/download the instructions in this downloadable link and read them carefully. Zoom works best when using Google Chrome.


You will receive an email approximately 24-48 hours in advance of the event asking you to register.** This is a privacy function enabling only registered participants to attend. After registering you will automatically receive the Zoom log in link both on your screen and by email, please keep this safe.

** Please note that these details are sent out in office hours, so if you book on a weekend you may not receive them until Monday. You must register with the same name that you have booked under, otherwise you may not be able to watch. If you have not received your email confirmations, please check your ‘deleted items’ and ‘junk mail’ folders or click here for advice.


Join the lecture up to ten minutes before it is scheduled to start, to ensure everything is working.

If you are not able to watch the lecture at the time it is live-streamed, you can watch on catch up. Just book online as normal and you will be contacted soon after the event with instructions on how to access the recording. This will be available to watch on catch up later that evening and for the following 2 days. You do not need to advise us if you can’t participate live, don’t worry! Please note, the recording is only available to those who have not been able to participate live, and it is not possible to purchase a recording after booking has closed

Bookings close the day before the lecture is streamed.

Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for booking this event. We regret that we are unable to offer technical support with Zoom but tips can be found in the attachment. If you would like to book more than one event, please book separately for each lecture that you would like to attend, thank you. If you are booking for more than one person, it is important that you include their email address so that we can send them the lecture link too. We regret we are unable to offer refunds but don’t worry if you are not able to attend, as we will send you the recording link.

Image copyright – Brian Orman