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Siena

tuscany-workshopSiena was first settled in the time of the Etruscans (c. 900–400 BC). According to a legend, Siena was founded by Senius, son of Remus, who was in turn the brother of Romulus, after whom Rome was named. The city is known for its artistic and architectural treasures as well as the Palio, a horse race that occurs twice a year.

Siena is situated over three hills. In the heart of these hills is the huge Piazza del Campo, site of the former Roman forum. The piazza was rebuilt during the late 13th century. The nine sections of the brick pavement of the piazza represent the Council of Nine, politicians who ruled from 1287 to 1355. The piazza symbolizes the cloak of Madonna sheltering Siena and protecting her from evil.

The Siena Cathedral or Duomo, begun in the 12th century, is one of the great examples of Italian Romanesque-Gothic architecture. Its main facade was completed in 1380. It was originally intended to be the largest cathedral in the world. Inside the cathedral are perfectly preserved Renaissance frescoes and works by Donatello, Ghiberti and other 15th century sculptors.

Siena is also home to The Basilica of San Domenico which is also known as St. Catherine's Cathedral. The church houses many relics of St. Catherine, whose childhood home is nearby.


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Our Tours - Discover Tuscany!

Tuscan Muse offers creative tours that provide the opportunity to see Tuscany from every angle, from large cities to small villages. Tours designed for specific interests such as photography and painting are often planned. Tuscan Muse knows the best places to go for incredible subject matter and where to find the famous light of Tuscany, often far away from the beaten path of areas filled with tourists. Your days are filled with discovering Tuscany and your nights are filled with the warm hospitality and the fine cuisine of Tuscany.

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Our Workshops - Find Your Muse!

Tuscan Muse offers culinary, artistic, photography, music and writing workshops in this land known for the presence of Muses. Tuscany has been a place of artistic creation for centuries. Tuscany is the perfect source of inspiration. It is a place that promotes the very best work from artists, photographers, chefs, writers and musicians and for anyone looking to spark the flame of their creativity. Tuscan Muse provides the space and the instruction for understanding yourself as the creator of your work, giving you a haven for experimenting and allowing your artistic vision to take form. Once you have experienced the burst of creativity inspired by being in Tuscany, you will understand that it is impossible for your Muse to be elusive in this enchanted land. The Tuscan Muse workshop instructors are the best in the industry. We take great pride in the fact that you will not leave a workshop without having had both the experience and the education of a lifetime. You will truly know what it means to have your Imagination Inspired by Italy as only a Tuscan Muse Workshop can provide.

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Private Tours and Events Designed for You!

In addition to workshops and creative tours, Tuscan Muse is also delighted to offer private tours and events created especially for your needs. Private tours designed for specific interests such as painting and those who want to travel to distinct areas of Tuscany with a specific group of people, such as a Club, are a favorite way to see Tuscany. Tuscan Muse also hosts corporate retreats, weddings, honeymoons, vow renewal ceremonies, family reunions, birthday parties and anniversary celebrations.

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Our Incentive Program

At Tuscan Muse we encourage you to let others know about the incredible opportunities that we offer in Tuscany. The enthusiasm of our workshop and tour attendees is our most powerful advocate. In recognition, we want to pass along savings to those of you who introduce others to our workshops and tours in Tuscany.

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