Siena is a city made for tourists, the most evocative and important places can be visited in one day.
However, it is so rich in art and culture that it would be a real shame to leave without visiting the museums, the different neighbourhoods, or simply discovering one of the many fascinating sights that suddenly appear among the narrow medieval streets.
Every Wednesday from 07:30 to 14:00 at the foot of the Medici Fortress, the weekly market is set up, where you can find all kinds of objects, clothing and food and wine stalls with typical products. It is very authentic and you can find some great bargains.
Suggestions for spending the day in Siena
Walking slowly from the Hotel, you can reach Porta Camollia in just five minutes and enter the old city by the same entrance used by pilgrims in the Middle Ages when passing through Siena on the way to Rome. From there, always walking, in a matter of minutes you arrive at Piazza del Campo, the Duomo and San Domenico (look for the magical Sator square, it is said that it is connected to the Knights Templar), where you can also visit the beautiful Opera Museum, the Crypt and Baptistery.
Do not miss the local gastronomic scene and have a nice meal in one of the many restaurants or taverns in town, where you can order dishes such as “pici”, a special type of simple pasta made with flour and water, delicious with the “all’aglione” (garlic) sauce and if the time is right (November-December), add a rustic bruschetta with “olio nuovo”, and top everything up with a glass of Chianti or Brunello! All this perhaps served informally on a yellow paper towel with the moonlit cathedral as background.
We advise you to make a stop at “Camporegio”, under the Basilica of San Domenico, to take a look at the original roofs of Siena perched on each other and dominated by the profile of the Duomo and the Torre del Mangia. A really evocative sight!
San Gimignano is a famous medieval town of beautiful towers in the heart of the Tuscan countryside. Due to the special medieval architecture of its historic city center, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Volterra is a city famous for the extraction and processing of alabaster, and it has a remarkable historical center of Etruscan origin.
Montalcino at the foot of the Val d’Orcia, is the motherland of Brunello wine, it is a must for wine lovers. The surrounding clay landscape is impressive.
Pienza, the utopian Renaissance city, with its ‘ideal’ urban structure, is famous for its pecorino cheese and pottery … a set of pleasures not to be missed.
The Chianti area is the chosen set by many international filmmakers for its unique splendour: Chianti is a journey through local flavours, villages and castles to explore, and a landscape in which to get lost.
The Spa(Terme di Rapolano): Nestled in harsh and fascinating clay soils, which change their appearance with every season, the thermal baths await you to regenerate and pamper you for a day of relax.
Adventure Park Saltalbero: A short walking distance from the SPA, there is a wonderful park, surrounded by a forest of ancient oak trees, perfect for a day out with the whole family, ideal for children of all ages, where they can venture among the trees along safe paths, or play on the ground with popular fun games and mini golf www.saltalbero.it.