Walking in Siena, a jewel of art and history
Siena, a journey through time between art and culture
The beauty of the landscape, the abundance of important monuments and the people-oriented town center, rich in history and culture, make Siena a prime destination for those seeking an authentic break from everyday routine. In the heart of Tuscany, surrounded by beautiful countryside and charming medieval villages, Siena seduces the visitor with its timeless charm, the almost intact medieval road plan, and its ancient traditions still very much alive, such as the Palio.
A walk through Siena and its main monuments
In Siena, a parade of medieval antiquities among the most important ones in Italy is waiting for you in a traffic restricted center, where everything can be reached just by walking. Take, then, the pleasure of visiting the historical monuments of Siena in peace, beginning with the central Piazza del Campo, the heart of the medieval town and still the stage of the famous Palio. Here you can find the Palazzo Pubblico with frescos by Simone Martini and the Lorenzetti, the Museo Civico and the Torre del Mangia, which offers a breathtaking view of the entire center. The walk continues in the Piazza del Duomo, home to one of the most representative masterpieces of Romanesque-Gothic art, within which you can visit the crypt with its old thirteenth-century walls; a single combined ticket also gives access to the Baptistery of San Giovanni and the Piccolomini Library.
Living Siena, the city and its surroundings
In Siena’s main monuments are concentrated in the bustling city center, where it is recommended to stay for discovering the rich historic and artistic heritage in absolute comfort. Especially if you have a few days available and travel by train, choosing a hotel in the city it allows you to reach with a short walk or a few bus stops not only the railway station but also all major monuments, boutiques and restaurants. Instead, for those seeking the tranquility of the Crete Senesi countryside and expects to move mainly by car, the best choice is a farmhouse just outside the city, where you can taste the famous local products, first of all the Chianti. In general, Siena is a great base for exploring this whole area of Tuscany with private or public transport.