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The University of Siena

By the 17th century, the training of surgeons and chemists and the apprenticeship of new physicians were held in the Spedali Riuniti del Santa Maria della Scala, which in 1883 was to become Italy's first University hospital.
Following the unification of Italy, when a law bill aimed to suppress Siena’s university as part of an overhaul of the Italian university system, the entire city protested vehemently. In January of 1893 even the contrada representatives took action by holding a conference and public protest. They printed posters and made their displeasure known individually as well, with their usuall emphaticism: Torre sent telegrams to Giolitti, Oca sent them to Crispi, and Nicchio to the King of Italy. Today the University of Siena, which has already celebrated its 750th anniversary, is divided into nine faculties: Law, Medicine and Surgery, Pharmaceutical Science, Political Science, Engineering, Literature and Philosophy, Economics and Natural,




Un futuro dal cuore antico 

Universitas Scholarium era già attiva nel 1240. Con decreto dell’Imperatore Carlo IV di Lussemburgo, nel 1357 nacque lo Studio Generale. Nel Quattrocento, ha scritto Judith Hook, “particolarmente per quanto riguarda Legge e Medicina la sua reputazione in Europa non era seconda a nessun’altra”.





Università per stranieri 

In 1992 the University of Siena was joined by another institution, the University for Foreigners, which was created through a special law. This university carries on Siena’s long tradition of courses for foreigners, which were the first to be offered in Italy.



Santa Maria della Scala 

Built facing the stairway to Siena’s cathedral, from which it took the name Santa Maria della Scala, this structure began to accommodate pilgrims travelling along the Via Francigena and aid orphans and the poor at the end of the first millennium.  




The fabulous tapestry of multicoloured, etched marble on Siena’s cathedral floor stretches right up to its main altar. According to popular belief, it was first conceived by Duccio di Buoninsegna. Its sumptuousness is without rival. It covers the entire surface of the cathedral with 52 rectangular depictions in etched, coloured marble




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