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University for Foreigners

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The Università per Stranieri di Siena – Siena’s state-run University for Foreigners, is right in the old centre of town. Its special status enables it to carry out teaching and scientific research with a view to spreading Italian langage and culture throughout the world.
The university offers a broad range of activities, aimed both at teachers and students, and issues a degree diploma, a specialised degree diploma and research doctorates, as well as running training courses and specialisation courses for teachers. The university works in close collaboration with the Italian Foreign Affairs and Education ministries.

The Università per Stranieri di Siena contains the following faculties: the Facoltà di Lingua e Cultura Italiana, the Dipartimento di Scienze Umane, the Centro Linguistico, a centre for the certification of Italian as a foreign language and an international relations office.

  • The Facoltà di Lingua e Cultura Italiana carries out a number of teaching activities. Since the 2001/2002 academic year it has been running three-year degree courses in Lingua e Cultura Italiana and in Mediazione Linguistica e Culturale. It specialised degree courses produce excellently qualified teachers. Since the 1998/99 academic year the faculty has instituted the Scuola di Specializzazione in Didattica dell’italiano a stranieri. The faculty also runs research doctorate courses with the aim of enabling participants to carry out advanced research activities.
    Faculty dean: Prof.ssa Marina Benedetti
    Tel.: +39 0577.240147 E-mail: facolta@unistrasi.it  Via Pantaneto, 45 – 53100 Siena/Italia
    Tel.: +39 0577.240146-149 Fax: + 39 0577.240148 E-mail: facolta@unistrasi.it 
  • The Dipartimento di Scienze Umane of the Università per Stranieri di Siena runs two three-year research doctorates: “Linguistica e didattica della lingua italiana a stranieri”, directed by Prof. Massimo Vedovelli; and “Letteratura, storia della lingua e filologia italiana”, directed by Prof. Claudio Ciociola.
  • The Centro Linguistico of the Università per Stranieri di Siena teaches Italian as a foreign language and conducts linguistic and glottodidactic research activities, as well as training and updating courses for teachers of Italian to foreigners.
    Director: Prof. Maurizio Trifone Tel.: 0577.240301
    Secretariat: Laura Grassi – Capo Divisione Tel.: 0577.240307 Fax: 0577.42112 E-mail: cluss@unistrasi.it
  • The Centro per la Certificazione della conoscenza della lingua italiana come lingua straniera issues two different certifications from the Università per Stranieri di Siena: the Cils (Certificazione di italiano come lingua straniera) and the Ditals (Certificazione di competenza in didattica dell’italiano a stranieri).
    Centro Certificazione CILS
    Via Sallustio Bandini, 35 - 53100 Siena/Italia
    Tel.: +39 0577.240467 Fax: +39 0577.240461 E-mail: cils@unistrasi.it

    Centro Certificazione DITALS
    Via Pantaneto, 45 - 53100 Siena/Italia
    Tel.: +39 0577.240113 Fax: +39 0577.283163 E-mail: info@unistrasi.it
  • The Ufficio Relazioni Internazionali of the Università per Stranieri di Siena takes care with the promotion of the university abroad.
    Capo Divisione Promozione e Relazioni Internazionali: Deanna Fineschi
    Via Pantaneto, 45 - 53100 Siena/Italia Tel.: +39 0577.240180 Fax: +39 0577.281030 E-mail: prorelint@unistrasi.it


  General information
Town map 
Siena in the Renaissance 
Siena in the Middle Ages 
Siena in Antiquity 

  Transport in town
Map of Hotels in Siena 
Town Map Siena 

  Transport out of town
Train services 

  Where to Stay
Farm Holidays and Country Houses  
Residence, Apartments 
Bed & Breakfasts 
Historical Residences 

Reservation Services Siena 
Last Minute Siena 

  Where to eat and drink
Disco Dancing 
Pubs & Wine Bar 

Siena University 
University for Foreigners 

  Art and monuments
Palazzo Piccolomini and Palazzo delle Papesse 
Palazzo Chigi-Saracini 
Palazzo d’Elci degli Alessi 
Loggia della Mercanzia 
Palazzo Sansedoni 
Palazzo Chigi-Zondadari 
Fonte Gaia fountain 
Carthusian Monastery of Pontignano  
Forte di Santa Barbara 

  Art and religion
Church of Sant’Agostino 
The Duomo – The Cathedral of the Assunta 
Church of the Osservanza  
The Oratory of San Bernardino 
Church of San Francesco 
Short Biography of St Catherine of Siena  
St Catherine Sanctuary 
Church of S. Niccolò al Carmine 

  Museums and galleries
The Museo Civico 
Bologna-Buonsignori museum 
Accademia dei Fisiocritici 
I Musei Senesi 

  Art and tourist attractions
Cappella di Piazza 
The Palazzo Pubblico and the Torre del Mangia 
Piazza del Campo 
The Montagnola Senese and the Fortified Village of Sovicille 
The Castles of Belcaro and Quattro Torri 


  The Palio of Siena
The Origins 
The July and August Palio 
The Contrade 
The Days of the Palio 
The Drappellone 
The Eve of the Palio 
The Corteo Storico Procession 
The Race 
The Patron Saint and Oratory of Each Contrada 
Weekly Appointments in each Contrada from April onwards 

Via di Città (formerly Via Galgaria), Siena’s Most Elegant Street 
Croce del Travaglio Place 
From Piazza del Campo to the Duomo Along Via di Città 
The Curves of Piazza del Campo 
Costarella dei Barbieri street 
Borgo d’Ovile 
The Terzo of Camollia – main streets 
Casato di Sopra e Casato di Sotto 
Terzo di San Martino district  
The Terzo di Città District - Via Stalloreggi, Via San Quirico 
The Terzo di Città District – The Pinacoteca Nazionale 

  What to see & do
Wedding in Siena 
Golf courses in Siena and Tuscany 
Wedding in Tuscany - Siena area 
San Casciano dei Bagni 
Chianciano Terme 
Bagni San Filippo 
Bagno Vignoni 
Rapolano Terme - Baths of San Giovanni and Baths of the Antica Querciolaia 
The Countryside around Siena and its Thermal Water Springs 

  Monte Amiata
Monte Amiata - nature tourism the year round 
SkiPass Monte Amiata 
WebCam sul Monte Amiata 
Meteo Monte Amiata 

  Specials - Out of town
Gift Ideas for traveling 
The Val d’Orcia and Its Main Towns 
Pienza - the old town centre 
Montepulciano - the old town centre 
San Quirico d’Orcia - the old town centre 
Montalcino and the Land of Brunello 
The Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore and the Crete 
The Crete Senesi 
Castellina in Chianti and the Via Chiantigiana Towards Siena 
Siena and Southern Chianti - from the Castle of Montalto to the Castle of Brolio and on to the Castle of Meleto 
The Chianti Hills - Monte Calvo, Monte Luco and Monte San Michele 
Cortona and the Valdichiana 
San Gimignano - The old town centre and its major sights 
The Val d’Elsa - Monteriggioni and Colle di Val d’Elsa 
Along the Old Via Francigena 

  Typical products
Typical Tuscan flavours 
Oleum Evo online selling 
Sapori Tipici Italiani buy online now 
il Prosciutto Cotto