Siena Travel Guide

 

 

 

The bus ride through the rolling hills of the Chianti countryside with landscapes altering between vineyards and olive groves is an alluring prelude to the wonderful destination that awaits you at the end of your journey.

You will be thrilled when you arrive in Siena. It is an enchanting place to be on a holiday.

The Romans discovered Siena 2000 years ago and established a military outpost in 30 AD. It gradually developed into a busy – but small – trading post It is still a small city, too small – or perhaps too hilly – to have an airport.

Siena is Tuscany’s most beautiful city and Italy’s leading holiday destination. It is famous for its old world ambience, beautiful architecture, museums, art, cuisine, wines and a bareback horse race – known as palio – that the locals re-enact twice year, following a medieval brutal tradition.

 

Siena’s historic center seems to have remained unchanged for centuries. The old walls that surround the town have preserved its ancient culture and tradition. The hospitable people of Siena heartily welcome tourists to visit their wonderfully preserved old town.

Walking is the best – and mostly the only – way to explore the town because vehicles are not permitted inside the historic center.  Stroll along the narrow medieval streets, winding alleyways and sometimes steep steps.

You will see many elegant medieval palaces and finally face the  Duomo, the magnificent 12th century Gothic Cathedral. It has a stunning interior with zebra stripes and exquisite mosaic floor and pulsating frescoes by the 15th artist Bernardino Piccolomini. Recetas para Cookeo

Behind the Cathedral is the 14th century Baptistery, Battistero di San Giovanni with brightly colored frescoes by Renaissance painters Lorenzo Ghiberti and David Donatello.

Being a historic town, Siena has a collection of majestic Renaissance buildings which are still being used for various purposes like museums and art galleries. Some these are Palazzo Pubblico and Torre del Mangia, Spedale di Santa Maria dell Scala, Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, Pinacoteca Nazionale, Palazzo delle Papesse etc.

 

Siena offers excellent shopping opportunities for designer and also traditional hand-made clothing. The major shopping streets are Via Banchi di Sopra and Via di Citta for hand-crafted souvenirs and varieties of Tuscan wines.

There are a variety of bars, pubs, restaurants and clubs in this quiet town in areas like Piazzo del Campo. Besides eating, drinking and listening to music, you can also watch performances of jugglers and clowns.

Siena offers a varied and lively dining options and eating out is a great experience. You will find many of them during your walking expeditions. They range from family-run cozy trattorias to formal restaurants.

Hotels in Siena maintain the spirit of the city – welcoming, cordial and gracious. You will find them courteous and eager to make your stay comfortable. Select one in a historic palace, now restored imaginatively to rediscover the charms of the past and the comforts of modern times.  Palazzo Ravizza and Royal Demeure are two such hotels.

Siena Travel Guide

Siena Travel Guide

The bus ride through the rolling hills of the Chianti countryside with landscapes altering between vineyards and olive groves is an alluring prelude to the won

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Siena Travel Guide
Siena Travel Guide

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