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Experience the Authentic Charm of Siena, Italy: A Siena Italy Travel Guide



Piazza del Campo-the town square of Siena with Palazzo Pubblico

Stay a While in Siena

To truly appreciate the complexity and beauty of Siena, I recommend you spend more than just a day in this enchanting city. Start with a walking tour to gain an understanding of the area and familiarize yourself with the surroundings.


Make sure to allocate time to explore the Gothic/Romanesque Duomo, which features stunning mosaics from the floor to the ceiling, as well as the impressive Piccolomini Library adorned with perfectly preserved frescoes.


Additionally, don't miss the opportunity to visit the Pubblico Palace, located in the Piazza di Campo, where guided tours are recommended. Both the Duomo and the Pubblico Palace offer access to terraces that provide breathtaking views of the city's iconic terracotta rooftops and the picturesque surrounding valley.



Another must-see attraction is Saint Catherine’s Basilica, which dates back to the 1200s and boasts remarkable historical and architectural significance.


a full side view of the Basilica oof St. Catherine in Siena Italy
The Basilica of San Domenico, also known as the Basilica of St. Catherine as seen from the terraces of Palazzo Pubblico located in Piazza del Campo

For a glimpse into the centuries-old traditions and way of life in Siena, be sure to take a guided Contrada tour, typically available for a donation and led by a knowledgeable local from the Contrada.


Stay Here While in Siena

When it comes to accommodations, Siena's city center offers a variety of options, including family-owned B&Bs, a few 4-star hotels, and a handful of luxurious 5-star establishments. While the city may not have as many lodging choices as some other tourist destinations of similar size, the accommodations here exude authentic charm and hospitality, providing a unique and memorable experience for visitors.


Grand Hotel Continental Siena - Starhotels Collection

  Address: Via Banchi di Sopra, 85, 53100 Siena SI, Italy

Situated in a historic building in the heart of Siena, the Grand Hotel Continental offers luxurious accommodations with elegant decor and modern amenities. Guests can enjoy the hotel's beautiful courtyard, upscale dining options, and convenient access to the city's main attractions.


a vew from the bedroom area with French doors open to the terrace with views of Siena
Grand Hotel Continental Deluxe Room with Terrace

Hotel Athena

  Address: Via Paolo Mascagni, 55, 53100 Siena SI, Italy

Nestled within walking distance of Siena's historic center, Hotel Athena features comfortable rooms with stunning views of the city and the Tuscan countryside. The hotel also boasts a rooftop terrace, a restaurant serving delicious local cuisine, and a warm, welcoming atmosphere.


Palazzo Ravizza

  Address: Pian Dei Mantellini, 34, 53100 Siena SI, Italy

Housed in a charming 19th-century building, Palazzo Ravizza offers a peaceful retreat in the heart of Siena. With its well-appointed rooms, beautiful garden, and panoramic views, the hotel provides a tranquil and authentic Tuscan experience for guests.


Eat Here in Siena

City Center restaurants embody the authentic essence of Siena, providing visitors with exceptional dining experiences that showcase the rich culture and culinary heritage of this enchanting Italian city.


Osteria Le Logge

  Address: Via del Porrione, 33, 53100 Siena SI, Italy

Boasting a Michelin-starred dining experience, Osteria Le Logge offers exquisite Tuscan cuisine in a refined yet welcoming setting. Guests can savor innovative dishes made with fresh, seasonal ingredients while enjoying the restaurant's elegant ambiance and impeccable service.


ChigianArtCafè

Via di Città, 89, 53100 Siena SI, Italy

A charming and vibrant establishment nestled in the heart of Siena, Italy. Boasting a prime location inside Palazzo Chigi-Saracini, this eclectic café offers a delightful fusion of art, culture, and gastronomy, creating a unique and inviting space both inside part of the Palazzo and out in the courtyard - when the crowded main streets are just too much.


Table and Chairs set up in the courtyard with views of the Palazzo walls
ChigianArtCafè in Siena Italy

Antica Osteria da Divo

  Address: Via Franciosa, 25, 53100 Siena SI, Italy

Set within a former monastery, Antica Osteria da Divo offers a unique dining experience in a captivating historical setting. Guests can indulge in classic Tuscan specialties and creative culinary creations while admiring the restaurant's fascinating architecture and timeless charm.


How to get to Siena

When traveling to Siena, Italy, there are a few transportation options to consider. If you're coming from Florence, you can take a direct train, which takes approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. However, it's important to note that the train station is located at the bottom of a hill. If you choose not to hire a taxi, you can take the escalator system up to the city gates. A taxi from the train station or hotels outside the center to the Duomo typically costs about 12-15 euros.


Alternatively, you can opt for the bus from Florence, which takes around 1 hour and drops you off directly in the city center near the Duomo or Piazza di Campo. This option is usually more affordable than the train.




 



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