What to do in Siena & Sights to See
Siena is a lovely medieval town, with the Piazza del Campo as its heart. We've visited Siena many times, each time discovering different streets and sections of the historical center, trying out new places to eat at.
What are the main things to see in Siena? The Piazza del Campo is at the very top of the list, but then you have many other choices as well! How about going into the Palazzo Pubblico, the red brick city hall that overlooks the Campo and visiting the Civic Museum? It holds a lot of treasures, including some of the most interesting, thought provoking frescoes on the role of government. How about climbing up the Torre del Mangia and looking down on all of Siena?
Head to the Piazza del Duomo and buy yourself a pass to visit the inside of the cathedral, the baptistery, the Museum of the Opera del Duomo from where you can enjoy another view of Siena, and the crypt. Inside the cathedral enjoy the beautiful pavement stories and the Piccolomini Library.
Enjoy the art of the Sienese masters? Head over to the Pinacoteca Nazionale di Siena, or the "picture gallery", for some more masterpieces by Duccio di Buoninsegna, Simone Martini and Pietro Lorenzetti, among others.
Also check out the Santa Maria della Scala in front of the Duomo. This is one of the first examples of "hospital" (as in hospitality) in Europe that welcomed pilgrims making their way to Rome. Today it is a museum and hosts many temporary exhibitions being held in Siena.
These are just some of the main sights, check out the articles below for more details and sights you should see while in Siena.
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Not far from Siena, in an area which is still immersed in quite, peaceful atmosphere, one can enjoy visiting a piece of Tuscany's past at the small medieval village of Serre di Rapolano. And after a stroll around the cobbled stone streets, you an head over and relax in the numerous hot springs that populate the area.
Read full article "The ancient fountains of Siena"
While wandering the cobbled stone streets of Siena you have an excellent opportunity not only to admire the striking architecture in stone and brick but also the possibilty to discover what few will ever find, the many fountains of Siena. There are so many in plain view however there are a few that not even those who live in Siena know about. Follow us on an adventure.
Read full article "On the tracks of St Catherine"
Follow the steps of St Catherine of Siena, patron of Europe, and discover art treasures in the church of St Domenico and the home-sanctuary of St Catherine constructed at the place of her family's home.
Read full article "Museo Civico Siena"
The Civic Museum of Siena conserves many interesting frescoes and is a must-see during your visit to the city.
Read full article "Porta del Cielo"
Join the guided tour “Porta del Cielo” (Gate to Heaven) and experience the secret places of the Cathedral of Siena while enjoying views of the Cathedral’s floor from above, the Siena rooftops and Tuscan hills.
Read full article "OPA Monuments in Siena"
Visit the Crypt, the Baptistery and the Museum dell’Opera to get a full history of the Siena Cathedral and complete your visit to Siena's main religious sites.
Read full article "Live music in Siena"
Are you looking for live music in Siena? Here are some tips for places to go.
Read full article "Visiting Siena with Children"
Are you on holiday with children? Here are ideas for places where the whole family can enjoy and take a break from the tourist attractions while you're in Siena.
Read full article "Siena Duomo"
Siena's Gothic cathedral is full of treasures, including its marble pavement, Piccolomini library frescoes and incredibly ornate interiors. We highly recommend a visit into this wonder of Siena's past!
Read full article "Pinacoteca in Siena"
Visit the masterpieces of the Sienese school at the Pinacoteca Nazionale art gallery of Siena and admire the marvelous paintings with golden background.
Read full article "Piccolomini Library"
The first time we went into the cathedral in Siena, we weren't expecting all the black and white. Then you step into the Piccolomini Library and discover where all the colors are! It is a stupendous discovery we highly recommend you include on your itinerary in Siena.
Read full article "A day in Siena"
Siena strikes your heart from the first time you visit it, making you fall in love. Located in the heart of Tuscany, the city is easy to reach and is suitable for a day trip - although 24 hours or less is really not enough to see all that it offers! Here are some must-see spots we recommend to see in Siena if you only have a day, but if you have the time, spread them out over 2 days.
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Are you going shopping in Siena? Here are some tips that will help you to find clothes, bags, groceries and more while you're in Siena.