Why study in Siena?

Why study in Siena?

From the summer of 2019, the Siena School for Liberal Arts has its headquarters at "Il Punto / The Point", an independent building surrounded by greenery alongside the historic city gate Porta Romana (Via Enea Silvio Piccolomini 2).  

Our building is home to the Siena School for Liberal Arts, the Siena Art Institute, and the Mason Perkins Deafness Fund, all overseen by our Program Director, Miriam Grottanelli de Santi.

The adjacent neighbors for our building are the University of Siena's San Niccolò Complex, connecting to the Orto de' Pecci community garden, in the valley behind Siena's city hall. A 5 minute walk away is the University of Siena's Santa Chiara Fab Lab, with whom we frequently collaborate.

Within a 15-minute walk from the school, you can find virtually anything you might need: office supply stores, computer repair shops, grocery markets, and of course, pizza, espresso and gelato!  

Siena is a pedestrian-oriented city, an unfortunately is not fully-accessible for persons with mobility limitations.  Siena is a hilly area with uneven cobblestone streets downtown. Most buildings, including our studios which are located up a flight of stairs, unfortunately do not have elevators. Students typically walk 20 to 30 minutes from their lodgings to reach the school. When planning your stay in Siena, it is important to ensure that you are able to comfortably travel daily on foot.

Please note that because the Siena School for Liberal Arts is located in the historic city center of Siena, this is a limited traffic zone.  To find information about parking in and around Siena, visit en.sienaparcheggi.com . Siena is well-connected to public transportation including train and bus networks (www.tiemmespa.it  www.trenitalia.com)

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