The buildings now known as "The Grand Duke's Horse Stables" were constructed near the end of the 19th century by the owners of the manor house next to the Porta Senese (the Gate on the road to Siena) as well the buildings that were typical of a large agricultural estate.
Built in part from material recycled from the partial dismantling of the city walls, the stables have travertine colonnades and splendidly executed brick arches inside.
Their design shows a desire for functionality and architectural elegance, a rare thing in buildings meant to shelter animals. Recently the stables were restored and made into a restaurant, which has since closed. Now a public meeting place, the stables are frequently used for social events and all kinds of luncheons.
Their use for various purposes is facilitated by their proximity to the Casa Corboli Museum and the Church of Sant.Agostino, recently restored and frequently used for exhibitions and conferences.