Siena Journals

Siena

A June 2000 trip to Siena by Grasshopper

San Gimignano Photo, Siena, Italy More Photos
Quote: While I often struggle with where I will live when I make my one year sojourn to Italia, Siena is certainly high on the list of choices. The "citta" is small enough to feel small but it large enough to offer a year's worth of things to explore.

Siena

Overview

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Siena is a charming burnt amber jewel with a famous piazza in the center and a beautiful marble Duomo to rival Florence. Twice each year the "Palio" takes place where horses race around the piazza with riders bedecked with their neighborhood "colors". There are shops and ristorante galaore. It is a great place to base oneself as you venture out and explore Tuscano. And don't miss St. Catherine's (the town's Patron Saint) head!Quick Tips: From Siena one can explore much of Tuscany by car, bicycle or Vespa. Bikes and vespas are easily rented in the town. Siena is a pedestrian town and within the walls of the ciy one will encounter very few cars. This makes it a delightful place to explore...Read More

Hotel Santa Caterina

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Hotel

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Santa Caterina was my perfect home away from home. Just outside of the Porto Romano, and an easy walk to the main piazza, the hotel was friendly, clean and comfortable. The staff was wonderfully helpful and it came to feel as if we were staying in a friend's home. Our room had two levels with the bed on a loft and large windows that looked out over the Tuscan countryside. But one of the best features of Santa Caterina was the delicious breakfast (included) buffet of breads, cheeses, yogurt, juices, coffee and cappucino which could be taken in the charming breakfast room or eaten outside in the gorgeous garden. website: http://www.sienanet.it/hsc/welcome.html Reservations can be ma...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 19, 2002

Hotel Santa Caterina
Via Enea Silvio Piccolomini
Siena, Italy
0577-221105

Fuori Porta

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Restaurant

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This trattoria ranks in my top five restaurants in the world (at least so far). I have been here three times and each was as good or better than the previous. Our first experience with Fuori Porta was when we blew into Siena in the middle of a thunderstorm. It was late on a Sunday afternoon and we were starving. The owner of our hotel recommended a place "about 100 meters down the road". So we ran through the rain the 100 meters and sloshed into the trattoria. Paolo greeted us with a huge smile. He took us to a table by the window and brought us wine. Noticing our plight, he took my friend in the back and used a blow dryer to dry her off and make her more comfortable. Then he to...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 19, 2002

Fuori Porta
Via Enea Silvio Piccolomini
Siena, Italy

San Gimignano

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Attraction

San Gimignano Photo, Siena, Italy
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From Siena we took a day trip to San Gimignano, one of Tuscany's most famous hill towns. San G. is surrounded by walls that originally had 14 towers. Today, only several of those towers still stand but the town is well worth a visit. We took a SITA bus, which took a little over an hour, with one bus change at PoggiBonsi. The bus let us off at the front gate and directly to the right is a fantastic view down the hillside across the Tuscan countryside. Once inside the walls the tiny cobblestone main street (no cars) traverses the town and is lined with shops and restaurants. In the center of the town is a large piazza with a wishing well. There is where the Duomo (everpresent in a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 19, 2002

San Gimignano
Tuscano
Siena, Italy