Siena is located in central Italy - between Florence and Rome - in the heart of Tuscany’s rolling hills and breathtaking landscapes. Tuscany is the cradle of Italian art and language: a famous land of great culture and civilisation, with an extraordinary natural environment and an outstanding gastronomic tradition. Staying in Tuscany is an opportunity to gain a great cultural experience, since the region has preserved most of its architectural beauty unspoiled for centuries. Six Tuscan locations – among them the historic centre of Siena - have been nominated UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The University of Siena is one of the oldest universities in Europe, having been founded in 1240. Most of the University buildings, including Santa Chiara Lab, are inside the city walls of Siena, whose historical centre is off-limits to traffic. Santa Chiara Lab is a strategic project of the University of Siena launched in 2016. It offers a creative context for developing new ideas with a strong vocation to the development of a multidisciplinary culture.
Santa Chiara Lab includes a Fab Lab which collaborates with cultural and political institutions, districts, trades associations and third sector organisations promoting codesign in the field of cultural heritage, disability studies, health care, food, IoT, and a Virtual Reality laboratory which carries out research to investigate human behavior through virtual reality technologies by using computer simulations and virtual environments.