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Siena
Travel Guide

Siena featuring night scenes, landscape views and a city

Set amid Tuscany’s rolling, vine-covered hills, this medieval gem offers fascinating history, stunning sights and sublime local food.

When first arriving in Siena, it’s clear that this is an Italian town like no other. It is best known for its medieval history, during which time it was a cultural metropolis with a secular, quasi-democratic government. The city’s Golden Age lasted well into the 16th century, a period that saw the construction of unique brick buildings that still dominate much of the city center. Visit Siena today to be charmed by its enduring traditions and enjoy culinary specialties offered on every corner.

Begin the journey where all trips to Siena start, in the Piazza del Campo, the square around which the city was built and the heart of Siena’s Historical Center. Here you will find some of Siena’s most important sights, such as the Palazzo Pubblico, recognisable for its soaring Torre del Mangia at one end. Go inside the palace, which is the seat of the local council, to admire the artistry of the frescoes decorating nearly every room, then climb to the top of the tower for panoramic views over the city.

Out in the piazza, take photos of the Fonte Gaia, a monumental fountain, with the Loggia della Mercanzia in the background.

From the piazza, walk east for a few minutes to reach the Duomo di Siena, the city’s magnificent cathedral known for the marble mosaics covering the floor. Step outside the cathedral into the Piazza del Duomo to find the Santa Maria della Scala, a medieval hospital that’s now a museum complex. The building also houses Siena’s Tourist Information Office.

Take a break from your tour of Siena to enjoy some of the typical food of the region. Try the local pecorino cheese, cured meats, pork sausage and pici pasta. Sample Siena's famous sweet treats, such as panforte and cantucci cookies, which also make great gifts for family and friends.

Siena is in the heart of Tuscany. Travel by train from the closest airport, in Florence, in 2 hours, or drive in 1.5 hours. Siena has a train station with both local and long-distance train connections. A bus system offers transportation around the city and also into the surrounding villages.

Much of Siena’s Historical Center is closed to private vehicles, which can make parking difficult. Be aware that the city is quite hilly, so bring walking shoes to be able to explore comfortably.

Use Siena’s great location as a base to explore the charming hillside villages of the area, most of which have their own much-beloved type of wine grape.

Where to stay in Siena

NH Siena
NH Siena
4 out of 5
Piazza La Lizza 1, Siena, SI
Free Cancellation
The price is ¥9,599 per night from Apr 30 to May 1
Located in Siena Historical Center, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Stadio Artemio Franchi and Monte dei Paschi. University of Siena and Piazza del Campo ...
4.1/5Very Good! (920 reviews)
so so for a business hotel
"For a business hotel without tea and coffee in room is bit strange. and they can use some renovation. The trash can used in the bathroom can be changed as it was broken and dirty. Otherwise location is great."

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2020

NH Siena
Siena Vip
Siena Vip
Via Del Costone 11, Siena
The price is ¥11,377 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
Located in Siena Historical Center, this townhouse accommodation is within a 5-minute walk of Basilica di San Domenico and Palazzo Chigi-Saracini. Piazza del ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (183 reviews)
"This place is comfortable, very clean and cute. It is very close to one of the entrances to the city. It should be noted that the entrance is at the back of the building. I highly recommend it, the host is very friendly."

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2020

Siena Vip
Hotel Palazzetto Rosso
Hotel Palazzetto Rosso
3 out of 5
Via dei Rossi, 38-42, Siena
The price is ¥26,380 per night from May 2 to May 3
Located in Siena Historical Center, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena and University of Siena. Piazza del Campo and Siena ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (109 reviews)
Perfect!
"So very lovely"

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2020

Hotel Palazzetto Rosso
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Il Battistero Siena - Residenza d'Epoca
Il Battistero Siena - Residenza d'Epoca
Piazza San Giovanni, 13, Siena, SI
The price is ¥16,602 per night from May 1 to May 2
Located in Siena Historical Center, this residence is steps from Siena Baptistry, Piazza del Campo, and Siena Cathedral. University of Siena and Santa Maria ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (65 reviews)
MB
"The hotel and location were excellent! The staff was amazing especially Rita😊! The cafe food and drinks were excellent including the staff! We will stay here again when we visit Siena."

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2020

Il Battistero Siena - Residenza d'Epoca
Castel di Pugna
Castel di Pugna
Strada Valdipugna, 12, Siena, SI
The price is ¥13,865 per night from Apr 30 to May 1
Situated in Siena, this golf residence is within 3 mi (5 km) of San Spirito, Piazza del Campo, and University of Siena. Siena Cathedral is 2.5 mi (4 km) ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (46 reviews)
Beautiful View
"We got a great welcoming at the reception. They were quick on solving a little issue. Lot of information of stuff to do around. Nice pool, quiet place and beautiful view on Siena. Both breakfast and dinner were amazing."

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2020

Castel di Pugna
Palazzo Pannilini-historical Residence
Palazzo Pannilini-historical Residence
Siena, Tuscany
Located in Siena Historical Center, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Accademia Musicale Chigiana, Piazza del Campo, and Siena Cathedral. ...
Palazzo Pannilini-historical Residence
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Siena

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 3, 2019

beauty snd interesting.

5/5 - Excellent

Stu

Nov 27, 2019

Plot your course well if driving. Make sure your GPS can find the hotel.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 25, 2019

A city not to be missed.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 24, 2019

While in Siena , visit nearby natural hot springs!

4/5 - Good

Trish

Oct 29, 2019

Good size - be prepared for lots of walking and hills!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 23, 2019

Siena is a great experience, historic attractions, shopping, dining, well preserved medieval town. And it's not as "small" as they say, plenty to do there. The duomo and the dome climb are great.

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