Siena

Travel Guide
Siena
Set amid Tuscany’s rolling, vine-covered hills, this medieval gem offers fascinating history, stunning sights and sublime local food.

When first arriving in Siena, it’s clear that this is an Italian town like no other. It is best known for its medieval history, during which time it was a cultural metropolis with a secular, quasi-democratic government. The city’s Golden Age lasted well into the 16th century, a period that saw the construction of unique brick buildings that still dominate much of the city center. Visit Siena today to be charmed by its enduring traditions and enjoy culinary specialties offered on every corner.

Begin the journey where all trips to Siena start, in the Piazza del Campo, the square around which the city was built and the heart of Siena’s Historical Center. Here you will find some of Siena’s most important sights, such as the Palazzo Pubblico, recognisable for its soaring Torre del Mangia at one end. Go inside the palace, which is the seat of the local council, to admire the artistry of the frescoes decorating nearly every room, then climb to the top of the tower for panoramic views over the city.

Out in the piazza, take photos of the Fonte Gaia, a monumental fountain, with the Loggia della Mercanzia in the background.

From the piazza, walk east for a few minutes to reach the Duomo di Siena, the city’s magnificent cathedral known for the marble mosaics covering the floor. Step outside the cathedral into the Piazza del Duomo to find the Santa Maria della Scala, a medieval hospital that’s now a museum complex. The building also houses Siena’s Tourist Information Office.

Take a break from your tour of Siena to enjoy some of the typical food of the region. Try the local pecorino cheese, cured meats, pork sausage and pici pasta. Sample Siena's famous sweet treats, such as panforte and cantucci cookies, which also make great gifts for family and friends.

Siena is in the heart of Tuscany. Travel by train from the closest airport, in Florence, in 2 hours, or drive in 1.5 hours. Siena has a train station with both local and long-distance train connections. A bus system offers transportation around the city and also into the surrounding villages.

Much of Siena’s Historical Center is closed to private vehicles, which can make parking difficult. Be aware that the city is quite hilly, so bring walking shoes to be able to explore comfortably.

Use Siena’s great location as a base to explore the charming hillside villages of the area, most of which have their own much-beloved type of wine grape.

Where to stay in Siena

NH Siena
NH Siena
4 out of 5
Piazza La Lizza 1, Siena, SI, 53100
The price is £88 per night from 24 Jul to 25 Jul
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Siena. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (958 reviews)
"The hotel was conveniently located and the served a very good breakfast"

Reviewed on 15 Jun 2022

NH Siena
Hotel Athena
Hotel Athena
4 out of 5
P Mascagni 55, Siena, SI, 53100
The price is £135 per night from 19 Jul to 20 Jul
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Siena. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the comfy rooms in their reviews. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (981 reviews)
"Good"

Reviewed on 24 Jun 2022

Hotel Athena
Grand Hotel Continental Siena – Starhotels Collezione
Grand Hotel Continental Siena – Starhotels Collezione
5 out of 5
Banchi Di Sopra 85, Siena, SI, 53100
The price is £285 per night from 17 Jul to 18 Jul
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Siena. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 bars/lounges and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (415 reviews)
A beautiful hotel
"We really enjoyed our stay here: it’s a beautiful hotel in a central location with very helpful staff, excellent food at breakfast and dinner and a very comfortable room."

Reviewed on 9 Oct 2021

Grand Hotel Continental Siena – Starhotels Collezione
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Il Battistero Siena - Residenza d'Epoca
Il Battistero Siena - Residenza d'Epoca
Piazza San Giovanni, 13, Siena, SI, 53100
The price is £123 per night from 4 Jul to 5 Jul
Stay at this residence in Siena. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their reviews. Popular ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (81 reviews)
"The location was perfect, very close to all the attractions of old town. Also, the staff were very nice and helpful during our stay."

Reviewed on 23 Jun 2022

Il Battistero Siena - Residenza d'Epoca
Residenza d'Epoca Palazzo Borghesi
Residenza d'Epoca Palazzo Borghesi
Via S.Pietro, 3, Siena, Toscana, 53100
The price is £176 per night from 14 Jul to 15 Jul
Stay at this business-friendly residence in Siena. Enjoy free WiFi, an on-site winery and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (61 reviews)
"I loved that I could WhatsApp the hotel front desk for anything, the lady with the glasses is the sweetest and even lent me her own umbrella when it was raining! Location is unbeatable, right in the middle of Siena a block from the duomo. Felt super safe at all times and I loved the building it’s ..."

Reviewed on 16 Jun 2022

Residenza d'Epoca Palazzo Borghesi
Camping Siena Colleverde
Camping Siena Colleverde
3 out of 5
via Scacciapensieri 47, Siena, SI, 53100
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly campsite in Siena. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the restaurant and the bar in their ...
4/5 Very Good! (127 reviews)
"This site is very well situated for Siena. Its restaurant is excellent. The staff are friendly. The cabins were fine except the mattresses were old and sagged in the middle !"

Reviewed on 9 Oct 2019

Camping Siena Colleverde
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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