Overview Siena

Visiting Siena

Nestled atop three hills and surrounded by an imposing medieval wall, Siena offers visitors a history rich enough to rival Florence's, but with far fewer touring crowds. Here, amongst pastry shops and pizzerias, visitors stroll narrow alleyways and street markets on their way to the Piazza del Campo—the city's town square and site of the world-famous Palio horse race, which has been held here every July and August since the 1300s. ... Read More Nestled atop three hills and surrounded by an imposing medieval wall, Siena offers visitors a history rich enough to rival Florence's, but with far fewer touring crowds. Here, amongst pastry shops and pizzerias, visitors stroll narrow alleyways and street markets on their way to the Piazza del Campo—the city's town square and site of the world-famous Palio horse race, which has been held here every July and August since the 1300s.     Close

Stories and Tips Siena

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Viareggio – Belle Époque Resort on the Versilian Coast

Written by actonsteve on 17 Dec, 2009

It seemed like the whole of Italy was at the beach today.They bussed into Viareggio from miles around – disembarking, clutching their beach gear and wearing their designer sunglasses. But it was beautifully hot here in Tuscany and a day at the beach was very…Read More


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In Search of Saint Catherine of Siena...in Siena

Written by Liam Hetherington on 10 Jun, 2008

Considering that Siena was the birthplace of the patron saint of (among other things) nurses, firefighters, television, Italy, Europe, and Allentown, Pennsylvania I really expected the town to make a big thing of it. Assisi for instance is pretty much a town devoted to the…Read More


Shopping in Siena

Written by travel2000 on 17 May, 2002

What to bring home Siena is famous for its ceramics and embroidery. Famous Sienese sweets include the panforte (a dense sweet cake made with honey, nuts and spices), castagnaccio (a torte made with chestnut flour and pine nuts and rosemary, only made in the fall…Read More


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Day Trip to Siena and San Gimignano

Written by Elia Papillon on 17 May, 2006

Again, as we were looking for activities for our wedding guests, we made a few day trips to local places. One day we visited Siena and San Gimignano. Much of Tuscany (indeed Italy) was originally under Etruscan rule, including Siena, later a Roman colony called…Read More


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Siena During Palio

Written by ragazza1indy on 01 Jan, 2007

If you have a chance to go to Palio, which takes place on July 2 and August 16 every year, I say buy a plane ticket now and pack your bags for Siena, Italy! The pride and passion that permeates the air during this time…Read More


Why Siena?

Written by lyss710 on 13 Jul, 2001

Siena vs. Florence - the eternal battle which began as an intense rivalry dating back to the 12th century. Throughout it's history, Siena has been at odds with Florence - sometimes triumphant and sometimes defeated. Today, Florence is the heralded city of Tuscany…Read More


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Il Paradiso: Whose gardens are these?

Written by Tana B. on 06 Jan, 2005

Our favorite thing to do in Italy was "wander": when we tired of duomos and crowds and guidebooks, we'd look at each other and say, "Want to wander?" These follow-our-nose impulses inevitably brought us magic, those little moments that are solely yours. Like the 700-year…Read More


Slow Food

Written by travel2000 on 17 May, 2002

In an effort to preserve traditional food and wine manufacturing methods and to counter the fast spread of fast food, Carlo Petrini founded the Slow Food movement in Italy. It has since grown into a worldwide company, with magazines, food and wine guidebooks for Italy,…Read More


Le “Crete” Sienese

Written by travel2000 on 17 May, 2002

South of Siena is an area of beautiful changing landscape specific to this location. It is an unique environment and in some places, it even resembles a lunar landscape. No matter which direction you reach it from, you will realize right away when you have entered…Read More


The Passeggiata

Written by travel2000 on 16 May, 2002

"Facciamo una passeggiata!" means "Let’s go for a walk!" in Italian. But in Italy, these words mean more than the occasional stroll or walk in the park. Every late afternoon, around 4 or 5pm when the stores re-open, Italians have the tradition of walking along…Read More


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