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Siena is a city with a rich and fascinating cultural legacy and an excellent place to visit. The streets look like they’ve stayed the same for centuries and the entire central city has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are magnificent cathedrals, churches, art museums, and public buildings all around, with excellent restaurants and craft shops scattered in between.
History buffs and art lovers alike will appreciate the old buildings on every corner, galleries big and small, and some truly staggering mediaeval palaces. Start at the Piazza del Campo, the city’s main public space. It is lined with impressive old houses and shops and is dominated by the Palazzo Pubblico. Head inside to find the Museo Civico, where you’ll see frescoes from hundreds of years ago.
Climb the stairs of the nearby Torre del Mangia for a breathtaking view of the area. Duomo di Siena is another of the city’s most spectacular landmarks. The towering Gothic structure was built in the 1200s and is best known for its black and white marble façade and the amazing artworks that decorate its walls. Be sure to visit the Biblioteca Piccolomini inside the cathedral to see its beautiful frescoes and old books. For more stunning churches, check out the Basilica di San Domenico or the Abbazio di Monte Oliveto Maggiore just outside the city.
Take a break from sightseeing and simply stroll the streets, duck into great little shops, and try out some excellent restaurants. Anyone in town for July 2nd or August 16th will be in for an incredible spectacle. The horse race known as Il Palio is run twice a year, stirring local passions and stoking ancient rivalries. Siena has been divided into 17 Contrade (districts) since the mediaeval era, 10 of which compete in the race each year. Enjoy the parades and festivities leading up to the races and take in the electric atmosphere.
Siena is an historic city with a formidable legacy. Visitors can admire its architecture, spend hours gazing at centuries-old artworks, or just soak up the tradition that permeates every street.
Excelent hotel. Near from everything. Porto Vechio is in the corner. The terrace incredible service and view. Rooms modern and nice and beautiful facilities. High recommend this hotel.
The property and location were amazing, but what made the hotel amazing were the staff. They went above and beyond- from wine tasting reservations to dinner suggestions and reservations. There was always someone at the desk willing to help. It was hands down the best hotel service I have ever received. ...
Great location in the middle of town, walking distance to everything, very clean, good breakfast and a very helpful and friendly staff.
Great hotel with good facilities and spacious rooms. This place is good if you are travelling by car as there is free parking. The only issue is that it is far to get into the heart of Siena but there is bus nearby which is frequent. The only problem is that the bus does not go run late and so you ...
I loved absolutely everything about this place. The staff go out of their way to accommodate you. The views are gorgeous, the restaurants have impeccable food. If you truly want to feel like a King or Queen then stay at this castle. It is 11 out of 10 stars for me !
Front desk curtious and helpful. Room was clean, facilities worked well. Much more spacious than other rooms booked in Italy.(chose larger bed) 15-20 walk to major attractions. 2 minute from train station. Overall, great stay.