Siena: a train-friendly city
Train tours: take a stop in Siena
Why not plan a short holiday to discover Tuscany by traveling by train? Starting from Florence you can easily reach the most famous sites of the region and even Siena, which is directly connected with the capital, and is undoubtedly a destination that should not be overlooked, given the high number of trains that depart each day and arrive at its station. Getting there by train does not mean that it would be a problem to move around the area, because the municipality is served by an efficient network of public services that allows you to reach every corner in a very short time. Many of the buses stop at the station but, if you want to walk on foot, you can take the lifts to the city. It is a system of escalators that allow you to easily reach all the different levels of the city. The whole path runs underground, in a gallery that houses several shops. Right from the station, one of the lifts leads to Porta Camollia, the entrance to the historic center.
Siena is a precious jewel of a city with narrow lanes that wind around the scenic Piazza del Campo where the Palio is held twice a year. Its particular shell-shape, the red tiles of the floor divided into nine parts, and the Torre del Mangia and the Palazzo Pubblico give it a unique charm. The Duomo is no less astonishing with its rich decorations that make it one of the most beautiful examples of Italian gothic style. In its vicinity you can also find the equally rich baptistery and the ancient crypt, but the sights that Siena has to offer do not end here. The art gallery with the paintings of the greatest Renaissance painters, from Duccio di Boninsegna to Simone Martini, and the museum complex of Santa Maria della Scala, the ancient city hospital, are all not to be missed. Speaking of churces, there is the basilica of San Domenico, where the precious relics of Santa Caterina are preserved, the basilica of San Francesco where the miracle of the particles took place, and then the medieval church of St. Augustine, rebuilt by Vanvitelli in the 18th century.
Where to stay in Siena, arriving by train
Most of the city’s most important sights are located within the historic center and booking your stay in Siena in a hotel in its vicinity is, of course, the ideal solution. You just have to go out of the wall circle to find hotels that offer much comfort at a really affordable price and yet within walking distance of the major attractions. Among these structures is worth mentioning our Hotel Italia, a three-star hotel just 300 meters from Porta Camollia, the northern entrance to the historic center. Next to the city bus stops and very close to the station, it offers rooms of several types, from standard to junior suites, all provided with Sky TV and Wifi, and is the right choice for those wishing to arrive in the city by train.