Siena Travel Guide

  • Palazzo Sansedoni, May 2009
    Palazzo Sansedoni, May 2009
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  • Duomo

    Several years after our five week tour of Italy, Nancy and I still remember the cathedral at Siena as the one with the elaborate floor. It is a beautiful building in many aspects, but its inlaid marble mosaic floor is so unique as to make it memorable. The massive task of enlaying the floor panels took place between the 14th and 16 centuries, with...

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  • Piazza del Campo

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    This fountain - a pool with water pouring into it from a pipe - looks a very useful Piazza addition for the pigeons....but people always like a water feature so heres a rather elegant one for people to come and admire or sit near and listen to the relaxing sound of trickling water. (there are toilets handy lol)

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  • the PALIO

    Two times a year, at the beginning of july and at mid august, Siena celebrates the Palio. Don't even think that the Palio is something arranged for tourists or a staged manifestation. People in Siena "live" the Palio. Everyone in Siena grows up with a sharp feeling of belonging to a "contrada" that is a city ward. There are 17 of them in Siena...

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Siena Restaurants

  • Popular With Locals and Tourists: WIP...

    The restaurant is open Tues-Sun noon-3pm and 7-10:30pm. We came there on a Sunday afternoon when a large Fiat club was meeting there. The restaurant has been in Siena for a long time and according to the bed and breakfast we stayed at is family run. Seating is either indoors or on one of two floors inside.We were not looking for a large meal and I...

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  • Excellent and “authentic” dishes

    During one of our lessons, my teacher Claudio has selected the topic of different restaurants in Italy. And when he explained the differences between trattoria, ristorante, osteria, enoteca etc he suddenly asked me if I would like to have lunch in one of the cutest osterie in Siena. Of course I did, and so we went there next day. Grattacielo means...

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  • Letizia says: the best gelato in town

    Of course November was a silly month to eat ice cream. And of course Siena’s gelaterie will have open all year round because only we silly tourists eat ice cream in winter. I was no exception, but at least only once, haha. When I asked Letizia where to get the best gelato in her opinion, she dragged me to Kopa Kabana in the north-eastern part of...

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Siena Nightlife

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  • Enoteca Toscana

    Now this is one of the sweetest things Siena could offer to the visitors, wine testing in almost perfect ambient of the local enotecs. That's one of my lifestyles, testing local wines and nibbling excellent cheese. Tuscany is home os some world finest wines, such as Barolo which is perfect red wine, to me the best that excists. Besides wines...

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  • African music in Siena

    During my stay in Siena there was an open-air concert in Piazza del Campo. The central city square was fulfilled with deafened and hot African rhytms and dances, performed by outstanding artists. It was a kind of celebration for my eyes and ears and I enjoyed alot like whole crowd on the square. The most attractive to me was a group from Senegal,...

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  • Nightlife in Siena

    I'm not exactly sure if they're still around after four years..but I use to hang out at the Irish Pub a lot where they had live music and sometimes Italian military boys would come up to us,.and try to use their Italian charm with no avail. The pub is located near the Bus station There is also the lively and always crowded Barone Rosso...which is...

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Siena Transportation

  • Don't go without a car!

    Remember to always bring your car to Siena. Transportation in Siena is pretty messy and difficult. But in the other hand if your starting point is not beside Italy....... You have problems! Well that's all I can say but, bus is great but really confusing, train are not located really often around Siena. If you live in the city Siena your...

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  • Dont drive into the old town

    Siena with its old maze of narrow streets on top of a hill is not a place you want, need or normally would be permitted to take your car - dont be put off having a rental car as theres plenty of easy parking at the entrance/where you will see signs not to drive into the old town.If you are staying overnight inside the old town and you are able to...

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  • Rental car and Parking

    I had a rental car and had managed driving around Florence no problems as it had been a long weekend and the usual parking restrictions hadnt been in force. I drove to Siena for a day visit and could see that i was approaching the old town - theres a large flat area with a lot of parking signs - and a lot of trees around to create shade if you...

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Siena Shopping

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  • Pizzicheria - delizie Toscane

    De Miccoli is shop offering salami, cheese, olive oil, wines, drinks, truffles, sandwiches, all in a typical Italian relaxing atmosphere, maybe too relaxed. The ambient is an old fashionable shops from 60's of last sentury and it makes it special and cosy.The shop isn't perfectly clean, the owner and his assistant not too kind and missing some...

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  • Terracotta di Siena

    Siena is well known for its ceramic works and it has very long tradition as well as in the rest of Tuscany. There is fine small subterranean gift-shop with the local craft works, right next to the Baptistry, offering ceramics and art reproductions, religious items and hand crafted ceramics which is the mosr expensive. It is called Artigianato...

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  • Universal Market

    On my way to the Piazza Del Campo, I saw this tiny store (the stores are all the same- they have tiny doors) and they sold different kinds of Asian foods. It is called the Universal Market.I saw that they also sell some Filipino food (of course, in cans!). The only difference is that the Italians called Filipinos, "Filippinis". The stores also sell...

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Siena Local Customs

  • The only ghibelline remains in Siena

    Ever since I saw the swallow-tail pinnacles on the walls surrounding Arsenale in Venezia, they fascinated me. Since history wasn’t my favourite at school, I had to catch up with a lot of matter before, during and after my travels. It was then when I learned about the eventful time in Italian history when guelphs (supporters of the church) and...

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  • Senius, son of Remus

    Scattered around Siena are several statues raised on a column of a female wolf suckling two babies, an image considered the emblem of the city. It stems from a legend claiming that Siena was founded by Senius, son of Remus, the twin brother of Romulus, who in turn founded Rome. Remus and Romulus are the twin babies who were raised by a she-wolf,...

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  • Vivere Siena

    What is town? In terms of definition town is densely populated area of considerable size. Should be place with abundant jobs, resonable living costs and plenty of fun things to do. So much about the definitions.Town is made of its streets, houses, shops, restaurants, bars, parks, theatres but above all, of its inhabitants.Siena has all of it and...

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Siena Warnings and Dangers

  • Watch out for flying pigeons!

    The pigeons in Europe are notorious. They are so many of them and being fed by the locals. I had seen pigeos every plaza and park I went. In Siena, the pigeons hang out on the edges of the fountain.Watch out for them when they fly above you because sometimes they poop! One of the students got the "bomb" on her shoulder. Luckily, the bomb did not...

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  • Never Wander About Without Your Map!

    Siena is like a maze. You can so easily get lost. While living there, my roomate left the apartment telling me she would be back in 15 minutes. She didn't return for over an hour. She had gotten lost and had no map with her to help her find her way back.To buy a map on the internet see website below.

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  • One day taxi drivers will strike back!

    Of all the possible jobs in the world there is one I would definitely never dare to apply for: driving a taxi in Siena. No, not for the maze of the streets or the challenging width or rather narrowness of the streets. No, because of the pedestrians. I might wake up one day and decide that I will simply drive over them instead of using the horn...

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Siena Tourist Traps

  • One way streets

    The streets are very tiny and there are no visible and clear signs in the streets of Siena. It is very easy to get lost in the city center. It is better to walk in Siena than renting a car. Or if you rent a car, make sure to rent the smallest car like the "api" or smart car.

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  • Souvenirs

    It is not a trap as such but if you a lover of souvenirs like me don't think that you will find lots of shops of stalls where you can buy cos the only three shops I found were near the Palio and around 4 stalls always in the same Piazza Del Campo and believe me they are not cheap, but I don't give a damn cos I'm going every day there so I will take...

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  • Last two gentalmen left Verona long ago!

    Skip it. It's the tackiest thing I've seen in Europe. Juliet's balcony area is full of graffiti and gum. Yuck! There is very little history here but lots of stoes like United colors of Benenton and other chain stores. Don't go. Shop at your own mall! Skip the tacky balcony and the mall area. Have a long nice meal in one of many lovely...

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Siena What to Pack

  • Comfortable shoes - walk, walk, walk...

    Either a backpack or luggage on wheels will come handy for walking up and down the hills from bus station to your accommodation. Or a taxi :-) Although Siena is small in dimensions, comfortable shoes are a good idea, especially when you plan to see not only Campo and duomo (then high heels for girls would be sufficient, erm...). An umbrella is a...

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  • You must have....

    Good walking shoes are essential as you will find yourself walking up and down hills and on stone all day. Make sure you protect your feet. And don't forget your sunglasses. The sun reflecting off the white marble buildings can be very intense.

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  • Comfortable shoes

    Don't bring too many things in your bag cos you'll get tired since you need to walk a lot. Choose comfortable shoes since you need to walk a lot and there are lots of steps. Also bring an umbrella with you so you won't sing in the rain if it rains :) Camera is the most thing you need to bring with you cos there are a lot of things to see

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Siena Off The Beaten Path

  • S.Galgano Abbey

    Really exists only one sword in the stone, all over the world. It's S.Galgano's sword. We find it in Tuscany, between Monticiano (Siena) and Chiusdino, near the wonderful ruins of an impressive Abbey without roof with a meadow of green grass as floor and one sword in the stone. A lot of Britan carried in Tuscany.The sword also seems to be...

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  • Siena in Springtime

    I went to Florence for a medieval parade event and then drove around Tuscany for a week or so. It meant that i was in Tuscany in March which is springtime - and Siena had evidence of this with a few blossoms around - which I loveGet great great views from off the top of the Duomo and enjoy the landscapes - with spring blossoms showing as well

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  • Enchanting erosion in Crete Senesi

    Ever since I saw a photo of this landscape in Google Earth, I wanted to see it with my own eyes. On my way back from Gubbio I realised that it is close from the highway and so I turned off at Asciano and tried to find it. Since my trip to Gubbio and thus renting a car and being flexible on the weekend wasn’t planned, I didn’t have the exact...

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Siena Sports & Outdoors

  • The Palio

    The Palio is a fast horse-racing in Siena and it is actually done twice a year. The Palio attracts a lot of tourists and visitors in Siena and the expectators surround the Piazza del Campo-which is turned into a horse-racing arena. The people fill the bricked piazza with soil so it won't be hard on the feet of the horses!I just can't imagine how...

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  • Never ending Florence-Siena rivalry

    The rivalry between Tuscany's two major cities Florence and Siena hasn't really died down with the advent of peace in the peninsula. Today, a Serie A match between the two cities' flagship football clubs - Fiorentina of Florence and Siena's AC Siena - is probably as dramatic a bloody battle in the Middle Ages.If you have the chance to see a...

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  • For who wants to burn much calories!

    To go on the top of Torre del Mangia!!! This is the face of who arrives to the top!!! ;-))))

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  • Loos in Siena

    There are toilets signposted at the entrance to the old town - with the huge numbers that often visit here its really important and handy to have good sign posting as to where to find these important conveniences!So gratefully there are loos here for your arrival, and there were toilets signposted in a number of places around the streets that would...

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  • Via di Citta

    Via di Cita is the main street of Siena and considered the most elegant in the city. It is formerly Via Galgaria, the street of shoemakers and most of the locals still call it by that name. This street is shopping paradise of Siena offering fancy cloths, fine shoes, Tuscany handcraft ceramic products and inevitable Pizzicheria de Miccoli.

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  • Santa Caterina Benincasa

    Santa Caterina Benincasa (1347-1380), also known as Caterina da Siena, was Scholastic pholosopher and teologian. Although she hadn't long life have left behind alot of important works in teology. In 1970 Caterina Benincasa was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church. Santa Ceterina is a patron saint of Siena, but at the same time she is patron saint of...

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