Palace Hotel Due Ponti

3 out of 5 stars3 Stars

Viale Europa 12, Siena, Tuscany, 53100, Italy
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Forum Posts

Coming to Siena for 3 months!

by Romanista

Ciao a Tutti!
i'm coming to Siena to study italian language & culture course in "Università per Stranieri di Siena". Starting 4th October and i need some help...

- i'll be arriving to Rome(Fumicino) around 7.00am On sunday 3rd October, will it be possible to find a BUS from there to Siena? as it will be a weekend? i have already checked some websites with no luck.

- my accommodation will be "Casa dello studente" - Via De Nicola 9 , in the city centre, How far is it from the Train station/ Bus stop?

- about the weather during the 3 months ( Oct- Dec) i found out that it will be somewhat rainy and cooler at night, Do i need heavy clothes or just some light wears and jacket? and regarding the same issue: i read about "pack light" so no need to bring a lot of clothes, i can get by shopping in Siena??

i wait some useful info, i appreciate and thank you in advance!

Grazie x 1000.000

Re: Coming to Siena for 3 months!

by bekerovka

There is a bus line from Rome to Siena but unluckily they don't run on Saturday and on Sunday.
Other option is from Roma Termini via Chiusi, trains every 2 hours, the trip takes around 3.30 hours, 21.80.
Your residence is outside Siena center, around 1 km from the station, bus line #3, #10 or #77 to POLICLINICO, stop VIALE BRACCI INCROCIO ORLANDI, 5 minutes, 1€.
In December the weather can be very cold but the real problem is the humidity and the rainy days but with some sweaters and a windstopper jacket, you should not have problems. Anyway, don't worry: you can buy everything you need in Siena.
Ciao, Marco

Ps: l'Università per Stranieri di Siena is excellent, my former wife studied there and now she speaks Italian better than me!!!

Re: Coming to Siena for 3 months!

by Beausoleil

Pack light and buy things in Siena. There are very nice shops there. You will need an umbrella and waterproof shoes too. On the bright side, it is gorgeous and you should have a chance to tour the surrounding Tuscan countryside. That is a dream come true.

Study hard . . . and have a lot of fun.

Re: Coming to Siena for 3 months!

by Romanista

Grazie Marco!
that was so helpfullll :)
i think the Train then, the only option i have, although i have luggage with me and it will have one stop before we reach Siena, will be little hard.

regarding the univirsity: Yep! it's highly recommended, i was given the option between Perugia and Siena, i chose the last for i knw it's beautiful palce. i hope i'll be good speaker. i luv italian

Re: Coming to Siena for 3 months!

by Romanista

thank you very much for the advice and wishes.
indeed: a dream came true, especially i was granted a scholarship from the italian cultural at " Esteri" and have never been to italy before, only wishing and wanting.
i'll enjoy every single minute and study hard, coz la bella linga is part of my dream , too :)

again, Grazie!

Travel Tips for Siena

Where are the people?

by karenincalifornia

I had to do a double take when I looked at this picture. This was taken in the central part of Siena - the Piazza del Campo - the place where all tourists (like us) had to stop. Now after griping in my other tips about how crowded Siena was in July, you are not going to believe that is was that crowded when you see this picture.

It WAS crowded. Everyone was standing in line to climb up the campanile. Moments when we weren't fighting our way through the crowds.

Taking family photos in the Piazza del Campo like all good tourists should.

The wolf (il lupo) on this...

by sandravdp

The wolf (il lupo) on this small statue is to be seen in every city. It's said that this wolf brought up Romulus and Remus. The two brothers later stood up to eachother and awaited for signs to tell them who could built a city. Later on Romulus was the chosen one and started building Rome, the first city of the Roman Empire Period.

Loggia della Mercanzia

by globetrott

The Loggia della Mercanzia looks even better at night than during the day.
Plenty of strong lights shine on the beautiful ornaments, while during the day the direct sunshine will never get there.

So the evening & night is certainly your best chance to take good pictures there !
During the day hundreds of people will be walking in that street, so close to all the major attractions. NO special dresscode required !

If not for the tiramisu...

by Tijavi about La Cellina

The restaurant prides itself with rave reviews from travel guides. My encounter with them was prompted by my search for something light - think seafood - after days of feasting on Siena's meaty cuisine. So it was seafood all the way.

It started with mussel soup, which was average - quite decent if you realize that Siena is hundreds of miles inland. The grilled seabass that followed was the same mediocre dish - and without batting an eyelash, the waiter proceeded to de-skin the fish - to my horror! I love my sea bass with skin and waiters usually ask before they show off their fish-handling skills. The saving grace was their homemade tiramisu - delicious!

Probably because of the positive travel guide reviews, the restaurant thinks their food was worth more than average. Paying more than average for food that is clearly average is not my idea of a good dinner - so this restaurant is best avoided if you share the same views.

Interior of the Duomo

by JoostvandenVondel

Upon entering the Duomo of Siena, the visitor is greeted with an almost metaphysical embrace. What is so striking about the interior of the cathedral is the use of colour, most notably the black and white marble which permeates throughout the structure. During the Middles Ages when the Duomo was built, the most powerful towns in Tuscany (and indeed throughout most of Europe) civic pride was expressed by the construction of a cathedral, but Siena's pride seemed to go even further by incorporating it's municipal colours. Black and white are the colours found on the civic coat of arms of Siena and are linked to the black and white horses of the legendary founders of the city: Senius and Aschius who were the sons of Remus, one of the co-founders of Rome.

The design of the Duomo is based on that of a latin cross with a slightly projecting transept. Each side of the nave is flanked by two side aisles, separated by semicircular arches. Atop these arches one can see a cornice running the length of the nave decorated with busts of popes (dating from around 1495). There is no triforium, and the perpendicular clerestory (the stretch of windows above the side aisles) is also decorated with black and white marble panelling. The beautiful vaulted ceiling is painted with an azure blue with golden stars which poetically immitates the evening sky. The formerets (the wall-rib carrying filling-in of a vault) and tiercerons (secondary ribs) are decorated with multi-coloured motifs. The cathedral is also crowned by a hexagonal dome which was painted in the late 15th century with tromp l'oeil coffers in blue and golden skys. The high Renaissance altar is found in the choir/apse below the stained glass window depicting The Last Supper. I'll describe some of the other elements in the following pages...

My numerous visits to the Duomo of Siena have always been an uplifting experience, but I suggest, that if you can, arrive early when the crowds of tourists are limited. Wondering around the near empty cathedral will give you a better sense of what this cathedral is trying to transmit to its visitors. Aside from its striking display of marble stripes, it is a cathedral which exudes a sense of peace, owing especially to the starry night sky motif which cloaks the ceiling.


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Address: Viale Europa 12, Siena, Tuscany, 53100, Italy