Discover the most evocative places linked to St. Catherine, the patroness of Italy and Europe who was born and raised in the magnificent city of Siena. Together with an experienced local guide, you will visit the basilica where the young woman took the habit of the Dominican Tertiaries, as well as the Saint's birthplace, where the beautiful Sanctuary of the House of Saint Catherine is located.
The experience begins inside the Basilica of San Domenico, where you'll see the extraordinary chapel that preserves the relic of the holy head of the Saint. You will also admire what is considered her only portrait made by the Sienese artist Andrea Vanni in 1375.
The visit continues on to the suggestive birthplace of St. Catherine, which became a sanctuary in 1464 shortly after her canonization. The sanctuary consists of three oratories with decorations of different periods, from the Renaissance to the Baroque to the Sienese Purism, which will let you understand the intense mystical and diplomatic life of the Saint.
From the house of St. Catherine you will descend towards Fontebranda, one of the oldest and most important medieval fountains, whose water was used by the dyers. Among them was Catherine’s father, Jacopo Benincasa. From the fountain, you will reach the Baptistery where the Saint received the sacrament of Baptism.
In front of the Duomo, you'll be struck by the imposing medieval building of the Hospital of Santa Maria della Scala, where Catherine used to help the sick and the poor. Visit the Oratory of Santa Caterina della Notte where she rested and prayed after her works of charity and assistance.