Siena is one of the best examples of Gothic architecture. Most tourists visit Siena on a day trip from Florence but the city has much to offer and you can easily spend a couple of days to experience the ambience of this city and its medieval aspect. Part of the Tuscany region, Siena is surrounded by picturesque rolling countryside and is actually built on three hills. Renowned for its museums, art and fantastic cuisine, Siena is one of Italy's most visited cities. It is also the host of the famous Palio horse race held bi-annually on 2 July and 16 August.
Although many people choose to visit Siena on a day trip out of Florence, the city offers so many attractions and experiences that it is well worth spending a couple of nights. There are a great range of Siena accommodation options available, strategically situated close to iconic attractions, wonderful dining options and public transport for your convenience. With accommodation options available for all types of travellers and budgets, staying on in Siena for a couple of extra days is easy, affordable and highly recommended. Book Siena Accommodation
Siena is easily reached from most Italian cities including nearby Florence by train. There is a station located approximately 2km from the city centre and there is a local bus service that runs to the old city. There are also regular bus services that run from a wide range of cities in Italy to Siena. The autostrata will also get you to Siena if you plan on arriving by car, however very little traffic is permitted in Siena's historic centre therefor it is recommended that you leave the car at one of the city's many parking areas. Siena is easily explored on foot. Getting around Siena
Siena is home to a number of tourist attractions however the Il Campo or Piazza del Campo is the old city centre and is also home to the Fonde Gaia Fountain, the 97m bell tower of Palazzo Publicco, Torre del Mangia palazzo, Museo Civico, Sala del Mappamondo and a great range of restaurants and cafes. The Duomo cathedral is also a must-see when visiting Siena with its amazing architecture and Gothic rose window. Opposite the Duomo, Ospendale di Santa Maria Della Scala is a fantastic cultural and arts centre while other attractions in Siena include Piazza Matteotti, Metropolitana, San Domenico monastery, Museo dell'Opera, Sant' Agostino church, Gothic Palazzo Chigi-Saracini and Pinacoteca Nazionale. Read more about Siena Attractions.
Siena is also known for confectionaries such as gingerbread, Ricciarelli biscuits and a type of sweet made from almonds and honey. The main occupation in Siena is agriculture while the most popular sport is football. Near Siena is the beautiful place of Chianti, known for its vineyards which produce soft red wines. Siena is home to a twice annual horse race known as the Palio which is held at the Piazza del Campo.