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It takes an expert itinerary to fully explore Siena, especially when you intend to include plenty of local cuisine and entertainment. And it's clear that you don't plan to sleep all day遥ou're excited to get out and play. You're eager to sign up for the top activities around, and a quiet day exploring local neighbourhoods is always time well spent. Our activities are the ideal way to organise your trip. Book professional regional tours on Expedia, and you'll learn all about the city's history along the way.
Siena is like a city made into a museum. It’s a medieval masterpiece transported through the years to the present and it awaits your visit. Siena’s architecture is Gothic splendour that encompasses the secular and the spiritual with a unified sweep that will take your breath away. Wander inside the facades and you’ll find masterpieces of another kind in the wonderful collections of regional art. What’s more you will never have to stroll too far to find a delightful restaurant, inviting cafe, cosy bar or a deli stuffed with local produce. Feast your eyes, sate your appetite and fill your soul: welcome to Siena.
The Campo - All roads lead to the Campo and Siena’s evenings are defined by meeting here to kick things off and returning to see the night out in its embrace. The amphitheatre curve of the piazza is perfect for taking in the ancient buildings around that include the fresco-filled Museo Civico.
The Duomo and Around - The zebra-striped interior and Gothic facade of the Duomo have survived numerous plans to ‘improve’ it since it first reached perfection in the 13th century. Opposite is thee Santa Maria della Scala, an ancient hospital that is now a centre for art and culture.
Via di Cittá - Linking the Duomo and Campo are plenty of shops to browse in and more alleys and fine palazzis to explore than you could ever wish for.
North of the Campo - Keep wandering past the atmospheric streets where tourists fade and Sienese daily life makes its presence felt and you will come to the delightful gardens of La Lizza and the Medici’s Fortezza di Santa Barbara which now houses the extensive wine collection of the Enoteca Italiana which stocks over a thousand Italian wines.
Things to See in Siena
The main thing to see in Siena is Siena itself. although certain sights do stand out, namely the amphitheatre surrounds of the central Campo, perhaps the loveliest of the thousands of Italian squares, the Duomo and the Palazzo Publico whose architecture is the purest expression of Gothic that you will ever lay eyes on.
Within all that Gothic splendour are some fine collections of art to explore and many excellent restaurants, particularly in the area around Piazza Matteotti. Lovers of the grape should head to the Enoteca Italiana in the Fortezza di Santa Barbara to drool over and sample its bewildering collection of Italian wines. Twice-yearly the Siena Palio takes place and you can watch bareback horse riders competing in a thrilling race around the Campo amidst medieval-style pageantry and plenty of events.