University of Oregon

Siena

Inside the City

Live and study in this bustling, vibrant university town in Tuscany. Immerse yourself in student life in Siena, located just 35 miles from Florence and home to more than 20,000 students each year. Relax in a café on the Piazza del Campo, a medieval square and public gathering space. Enjoy the flavorful, fresh Tuscan cuisine. Explore the 13th century Duomo di Siena, the shrine of St. Catherine and look out over the city from the Gothic Basillica San Domenico. Stroll through the narrow cobblestone streets and explore the 17 contrade, or districts. Immerse yourself in the city's nightlife or shop along the three main pedestrian streets downtown. Experience the relaxed pace of Italian life. Siena is an ideal place to develop your intercultural competency skills while you experience medieval and modern Italian culture, food, art, architecture and politics.

Center Description

The GEO Center is located in the 19th century Palazzo Bargagli, within the medieval city walls in the Contrada dell’Istrice (the Porcupine district). It is just across from the Medicean Fortress and a short walk to the Piazza del Campo where the Palio is run twice each summer. The center offers wireless access for students and a modest, frescoed library and meeting rooms in addition to large classrooms overlooking Giardini della Lizza, a park where the weekly market is held. Surrounded by soaring medieval towers and Gothic architecture, Siena offers countless opportunities to serve as your classroom, including excursions to the 13th century San Domenico to see relics from St. Catherine, the exquisitely designed and adorned Gothic Duomo and its museum placing you face to face with works of the Italian masters like Duccio and Giotto, and a visit to Castello di Brolio where Chianti wine was born.