Tourist Office has a lot of free information
Siena’s tourist office has an excellent location directly at the Campo (approx. in the middle of the half round opposite of Palazzo Communale). And they have an excellent selection of free information brochures about the city and its surroundings. Especially the brochures are a piece of art itself with marvellous photos and excellent text. I especially liked the ones Val d’Orcia, Le Crete and Terre di Siena – holiday with the bike. These are available in Italian, English, German and French.
Most of the information is also provided on their (excellent) website. From what I could see they also have more brochures than the ones I picked, available as a “flash flip-through” version. In addition, the website has short atmospheric videos about each region (each approx. 2-3 minutes) and much more specific details. A really good and well-thought-out site!
Piazza Campo 56, Phone: +39 – 0577 – 280551
Opening hours, winter: 8:30 – 13:00, 15:00 – 19:00
Opening hours, summer: 8:30 – 19:30
Terre di Siena
© Ingrid D., November 2010.
Seem a little stressed!
Stop at the Psychiatric Hospital for a great photo op. You can also go on the grounds if you are sly enough. They are actually quite beautiful. Just make sure you can talk your way out so you don't have an unexpected stay.
Orange Tra-IN busses around Siena
These busses are GREAT! They go all over the city and a schedule is posted at every stop. While there is no car or bus activity permitted inside the city (it's small enough, use your feet!), if you have a hotel outside the city walls, this is the greatest mode of transportation. It was 77 cents in euros while i was there for one trip, which you could buy at any tabacchi shop.
Piazza del Campo is not only Siena's main square but the site of the Palio, or the crazy horse races held twice annually in July & August. The square is a big, open space area in the shape of a fan or shell and it seems that all ancient streets lead to it.
From the square you can see the Palazzo Pubblico and its bell-tower, also built in the white & black marble synonymous with Siena's architecture
The main square is where most walking tours end and both locals & visitors come here to meet up or socialize at one of the cafes. Personally I would just come here to meet, those cafes are expensive!
Entrance is free
THE FIELD(II CAMPO)
The ll campo (the field) is the most dramatic town square in Italy but it is not a square shape but a fan shape divided into nine sections symbolising the cloak of the Madonna which had nine folds .
the campo was completed in 1349 and its brick line surface is the focal point of siena were every one gathers to sit and enjoy the sun or have a drink or meal in the bars and restaurants or buy the souvenirs from the shops that have been crated in the palazzos that flank the campo
It is in the campo were the famous Palio is run twice a year on the 2nd July and the 16th August the oldest recorded Palio was run in1283 the course is 3 times round the campo. the actual Palio is the embroidered banner that is awarded to the winner of the races