Looking for a true Tuscany experience? Don’t miss Siena, one of the most famous Italian Cities and a must-visit place for tourists from all over the world.
What to do in Siena, Italy? Well, the town of Palio has a lot more to offer. Just strolling around its typical narrow streets flanked by stone brick medieval buildings you will discover its treasure.
Here our top 10 things to do in Siena is ready for you!
1 – Piazza del Campo – start your tour from the place that’s the heart of the city life since 1300. Save the date: on July 2 and August 16 every year a memorable historical event takes place here: the Palio Horse Race.
2 – The Fontana Gaia is the most important public fountain of Siena is a little hidden in the middle of Piazza del Campo. It was the citizens’ joy when it made its appearance in 1346.
3 – Visit the Cathedral with its black and white marble façade. This church, dedicated to the Assumption, has a unique floor, full of esoteric symbols and stories.
4 – Just behind the Cathedral, the Baptistery is one of the most important sites of the city. It dates back to 1325 and is covered by frescos.
5 – Discover the Biblioteca Piccolomini (Piccolominy Library) Inside the Cathedral. It was built by Siena’s Archbishop in 1492 to shield the rich library estate of Pope Pio II.
6 – Climb the 88 meters high Torre del Mangia, from which you will enjoy a wonderful view over the city roofs and the town’s sightseeing: Piazza del Campo, the Cathedral and beyond, the distant Tuscany hills.
7 – The Complex of Santa Maria della Scala, which was used as a hospital for abandoned children, is now one of the most interesting museums of Siena.
8 – The Church of San Domenico is where you can visit the relic of the Holy Head of Saint Catherine from Siena.
9 – The center of Siena’s political power is the Public Palace, where you can find the Civic Museum of Siena, that is home to the famous frescoes by Ambrogio Lorenzetti, the Allegory of Good and Bad Government.
10 – The “Contradas” – go around the city center and discover the 17 historical “contradas” that every year challenge each other’s at the Palio.
Tuscany is a land rich in culture, flavours and atmosphere that will gift you an unforgettable experience.
The things to do in Siena are countless, start visiting the city with our top ten!
And if you’re planning some days in Tuscany don’t forget to check this awesome tour of Siena and San Gimignano!