Residencia Paradiso

Via del Paradiso, 16,, Siena, 53100, Italy
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Scooter Travel near Siena

by lonerider68

Hi, I would like to soak in the Tuscan countryside around Siena. So I was planning on taking an early morning bus to Siena, then renting a scooter and taking SR2 to Pienza, then up SP15 towards Asciano and back to Siena.

My main goal is to see and take photos of the scenic countryside. Some key questions I have away

1. Is SR2 safe for small (50cc) scooter travel?
2. Are the roads in the area easy to navigate (i.e. will I get lost assuming I have a decent sense of direction and map).
3. Should I stop by any particular places, someone recommended Monticiano and S.Galgano Abbey to me.

Thank you

Re: Scooter Travel near Siena

by Sunsparkjr

The SR2 is a very well travelled secondary road. I would think that a scooter may be rather small to hold your own. I don't know where you are starting your day trip but I would think that you could get a rental car and be a bit safer and cover more ground. If I remember correctly, Pienza is at least 45 meandering minutes (time for pix) from Siena traveling with the flow.

You can get a Touring Club Italiano map of Toscana at any good book store and it is an excellent resource.

Do you mean Montalcino or Montepulciano? Montepulciano is a wonderful hilltop town with beautiful scenery. Montalcino is also nice but if you are going to Pienza and Asciano on the same trip then I'd skip it.

You might want to get a good travel guide of the area - Fodor's, Rick Steves, Eyewitness Travel or the like - to get some tips on the area for a more worthwhile experience.

Pete

Re: Scooter Travel near Siena

by lonerider68

Ok... reading up... I perhaps I should go with a 100cc scooter. I just got an IDP, but I don't know how to drive stick shift (so I'm limited in driving a car). I have a fodor's, frommer's and lonely planet.

Re: Scooter Travel near Siena

by Beausoleil

If you book ahead, you can get an automatic car. We had no trouble.

If I didn't get lost, you will be fine. I have no sense of direction and we managed nicely.

San Antimo Abbey is lovely.

Travel Tips for Siena

San Domenico

by KiNyA

This is a barn-like Gothic church. It was began in 1226 and the belltower was added in 1340.
Inside is an exquisite chapel dedicated to St Catherine, built in 1460 to store her preserved head (now the head is kept in a gilged marble tabernacle on the altar).

Remote location, Crete Senesi: Monte Oliveto

by Trekki

In retrospective this is one of the things I deeply regret: not having waited one more hour until the abbazia would open again. I was on my way back to Siena from Gubbio on a Sunday around noon and drove through Crete Senesi on my search for the marvellous erosion I once saw photos of (see above). This was how I got to Abbazia Monte Oliveto Maggiore, because the erosion can be seen from the parking lot. It was around noon, I was hungry so I had something to eat in the Bar La Torre Di Monte Oliveto (ok, on the more expensive side, but nothing to write home about). After lunch I walked down to the abbazia ground to see that it wasn’t open during lunchtime (of course... what did I expect?). Because it was starting to rain, I decided that I won’t wait this one hour and drive back to Siena. Oh my, what a silly decision.....
From descriptions in books and internet I know now what I have missed: a famed fresco cycle made by Luca Signorelli, the same who has painted the Last Judgement in Orvieto’s cathedral. I also have missed the Gregorian Chants the Benedictine monks sing late afternoon at around 6 p.m. And I have missed to browse through the goods the monks are selling in their shop: finest oils, soaps and liqueurs.
There is always a next time. And despite my dislike of Toscana (because of the overall hype and because so many travellers reduce Italy to Toscana only) Monte Oliveto Maggiore is one reason for me to come back, and if it is only as a day trip from my most favourite Italian region, Umbria.

Opening hours of the abbazia:
Summer: 9:15 – 12:00, 15:15 – 18:00
Winter: 9:15 – 12:00, 15:15 – 17:00

More information:
photos of the frescoes,
shop,
English description of Monte Oliveto.

Abbazia Monte Oliveto Maggiore on Google Maps

© Ingrid D., December 2010.

Don't miss their sfogliatina calda affumicata!

by randychiara about Al MARSILI

THIS IS A VERY EXCLUSIVE RESTAURANT LOCATED BETWEEN PIAZZA DEL CAMPO AND THE DUOMO. THE BUILDING WHICH HOSTS THE RESTAURANT IS FROM THE 12TH CENTURY. BEST COURSES ARE THE ANTIPASTO AL MARSILI, WHICH IS A HUGE STARTED COMPOSED OF SFOGLIATINA CALDA AFFUMICATA, SALAD OF SIENA GOAT CHEESE, CROSTINI NERI AND BRUSCHETTA.

ALSO, AMONG THE PASTAS, DON'T MISS THE TORTELLONI WITH RUCOLA AND PINENUTS, PICI WITH PORCINI MUSHROOMS AND MANY MANY MORE.

Il Campo!!

by m-joy

In my eyes this is definitely the loveliest Campo in Italy with a nice view on the Palazzo Pubblico, many (expensive) cafes, artists, lots of sun and the Fonte Gaia, the joyful fountain in the middle.
Come here, sit down in the sun, ignore the thousands of tourists and enjoy the atmosphere.

Cathedral-Duomo

by prleprle

Siena's great Cathedral was begun in the 12th century in the Romanesque style but was transformed in the 13th century into one of the finest examples of Italian Gothic. The Sienese had planned to remodel the Cathedral in 1308 to create one of the biggest buildings in Christendom. The project was abandoned within five years, after the Black Death swept the town and killed more than a third of Siena's population. There were too few men to complete a building on such a colossal scale. Some sources say that is false assertion and that only reason was lack of money.
This splendid building is on of the most beautiful Italian Cathedrals and thypical example of Italian Gothic. The façade is really colourfull and fine with the imposing marble walls enlivened with alternate pink and black stripes or rather dark and green and the nice mosaics.
The walls and columns of the church's interior are covered with black and white marble, and its marble floors have decorative inlays by Domenico Beccafumi. A magnificent baptismal font with bas-reliefs by Jacopo della Quercia, Donatello, and Lorenzo Ghiberti distinguishes the Church of San Giovanni, which serves as the crypt for the cathedral. There are many other great works of art in every corner of the Cathedral.

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