Via di Citta 15, Siena, Tuscany, 53100, Italy
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Christmas In Tuscany

by maro11

We will be spending from 22-29th December in a cottage near Siena. What happens at this time of year? Are there any Christmas markets or festivities to visit. Thanks for your help

RE: Christmas In Tuscany

by alexismasters

Oh, you will love it!!! My husband and I shared Xmas in Siena and Florence in 2000. It was fabulous. We found festivals all over. Don't miss the one at Casole d'Elsa, in the countryside west of Florence and Siena, where we enjoyed the very best pizza ever and a divine gelateria we drove clear across Tuscany several time to visit. It is worth the drive to get there for that festival. The hilltown takes several streets and turns them into a wonderful living Creche (sp?), nativity scene. It is so special it will stay with you all your life. And if you can, try to get a reservation for Xmas dinner at Tocchi, Locanda dell'Oste Poeta. I hope they are still in business. We had Xmas Pranzo there, and it was 16 courses of heaven and tons of good family fun. Giancarlo and his kids make you feel like part of the family.

Travel Tips for Siena

The contrade

by Tijavi

Siena is steeped in many traditions, many dating back to the medieval times. One of the city's most enduring is the contrade system that divides the town into 17 districts. Each district or contrada has its own church, colors, traditions, and symbols - usually in form of medieval animal mascots.

Loyalty to one's contrada is fierce as is the competition among them - particularly during the Palio. Twice every year, in summer, on 2nd of July and 16th of August, 10 of the 17 contrade compete in this exhilirating 60-second horse race around Il Campo. The Palio is arguably one of Italy's most spectacular festivals and is beamed live over national television.

If it's impossible to be in Siena to witness the Palio live, there's a 20-minute documentary at the city's only cinema, Cinema Moderno on Piazza Tolomei, showing between May and October. Unfortunately, I visited Siena in November, so it was "off-season." If all things fail, get a DVD copy of the Jamed Bond movie, Quantum of Solace. The opening action scenes characteristic of James Bond movies were filmed in Siena during the Palio. The downside is, the cameras were more focused on Daniel Craig rather than the race itself.

Battistero di San Giovanni - the basin

by globetrott

The basin for the baptisation is made in the shape of an octagon, built between 1417 and 1430

and it shows stations of the life of John the baptist

( I hope, THIS is the right english expression for " Johannes der Täufer " in German )

Gelati on the stairs

by karenincalifornia about Roxy Bar

Next to the portal and stairway leading to the Baptistry by the Cathedral is a gelato and bakery shop. Being the tourists we were, we had to have our standard gelato break in the afternoon. Gelato! The bakery items looked impressive, too!

Torre del Mangia

by janchan

Palazzo Pubblico in Piazza del Campo... is the symbol of the city.
You can climb up to the 105 meters of the tower to enjoy an incredible view !!
The name Torre del "Mangia" comes from its first bell-ringer.

Piazza del Campo

by Willettsworld

Italy's loveliest piazza occupies the site of the old Roman forum, and for much of Siena's early history was the city's principal marketplace. It began to assume it's present nine segment fan-like shape in 1293 when the Council of Nine, Siena's ruling body at the time, began to acquire land with a view to creating a grand civic piazza. The red brick paving was begun in 1327 and was completed in 1349. The piazza has been the centre of city life ever since, with executions, bullfighting and the twice yearly Palio festival. Cafes, restaurants and fine medieval palazzi now line the piazza's fringes.


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