Siena Location and Weather:
Siena is about 200km north of Rome and 60km south of Florence near the center of the Tuscany region (Tuscany map). Between it and Florence lies the Chianti Wine Region.
For typical temperatures and rainfall to help you decide when to go, see Siena Weather and Historic Climate.
Where to Stay in Siena:
If you're traveling with friends or family Villa Pipistrelli, in the hills near Siena, would make a great lodging choice. The luxurious villa has its own private infinity pool, a large well-appointed kitchen, and a fireplace for winter.
Il Palio di Siena:
Siena Tourist Office:
- Piazza del Campo, also known as Il Campo, is the heart of Siena. Il Campo is paved with brick and ringed by cafes, restaurants, and historic buildings. Narrow medieval streets lead to the piazza, which has an unusual fan shape. Piazza del Campo was originally the Roman forum and later was Siena's main marketplace. Grab a seat at Osteria Liberamente to enjoy the piazza scene; it's an especially good place for an evening aperitivo. (more about Osteira Liberamente and the nearby Il Magnifico Bakery where you can try the typical panforte and sweets of Siena).
- Palazzo Pubblico, Siena's Gothic town hall building, and the bell tower, Torre del Mangia, dominate Piazza del Campo. Torre del Mangia, 102 meters tall, is the second highest medieval bell tower in Italy. You can walk up the tower's 505 steps for some great views of Siena.
- Fonte Gaia is an ornate fountain carved by Jacopo della Quercia in the fifteenth century. The one you see today is a 19th century copy. It sits at the north end of Il Campo.
- Piazza del Duomo is another beautiful square and home to Siena's Duomo. The impressive Duomo has a black and white facade with intricate carvings and statues. The magnificent floor pavement consists of 56 inlaid marble scenes but it's only uncovered a few months of the year - see Siena Cathedral Floor. Also inside are frescoes in the Piccolomini Library. The Museo dell'Opera del Duomo has some beautiful art works and a panoramic terrace. You can also visit the Baptistery and the Crypt under the Duomo for an interesting archaeological look at the Cathedral's past.
- Siena's art museum, Pinacoteca Nazionale, houses some of Italy's greatest paintings from the 13th and 14th centuries. The musuem opens daily at 8:15 but closes at 1:30 on Sundays and Mondays.
- Siena Combination Tickets - Save time and money by buying combination tickets for Siena's attractions. The Combo Pass can also be bought online through Select Italy (read more or buy a pass)
- Federica Olla gives English language tours of one of Siena's neighborhoods that includes a visit to its Palio Museum - see Olla Eventi.