Siena is one of the most famous locations of Tuscany, perhaps of the whole Italy, and its popularity is confirmed by the hundreds of tourists that come there every year. The city is widely known for the Palio, the illustrious horse race, for its narrow streets and for its history. Not surprisingly, Siena is listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO. However, if you are planning to go on a trip there, you’d better know that making a list of things to see is not simple, since the city has this much to offer. But don’t worry, we are here to help you!
Piazza del Campo
This magnificent square is the core of Siena’s city center and the starting point for every visitor. With its characteristic shell-shape, it is one of the largest medieval squares in the world but its relevance is not only due to architectural and artistic factors. In fact, Piazza del Campo has been the headquarters of political and social life since 1300 and, not surprisingly, hosts the Palio every year. But this place could not be this beautiful and fascinating without the Fonte Gaia, a marvellous fountain that emerges at the top of the square.
Looking at Siena’s cathedral from the outside is already a unique experience, since the building showcases a black and white facade that is pure joy for the eyes. However, its best part is the interior, where you will be able to observe a magnificent floor depicting esoteric symbols and religious stories, the Piccolomini library with frescoes by the famous painter Pinturicchio and, last but not least, the Piccolomini Chapel, by all means one of the most important pieces of evidence of Michelangelo’s work.
Either you are staying in a hotel in the city or you chose to go for a villa rental siena, you must try Siena’s night life at least once. This might sound surprising for those who thought that this article was going to focus on the most enriching, cultural experiences you can have in Siena. Point is, the city’s nightlife is unique and it is probably worth sacrificing a morning of site seeing. Thanks to the many students, the atmosphere is always lively, with breweries, wineries and bars ready to welcome you. However, Siena’s nightlife is not only made for youngsters. In fact, it offers many theatrical performances and musical events, together with spectacles on the streets.
Siena National Gallery
As the ultimate step in your trip to Siena let’s go back to more traditional stuff. The city’s National Gallery is an amazing building dating back to the 15th century. Located in the historical center (just south of Piazza del Campo), it hosts a superb local art collection with artworks that were made between the 12th and the 16th century. “Raising of Lazarus” and “Entry into Jerusalem” are probably the most famous paintings in the gallery and are priceless for any art lover. Paying a visit to Siena’s National Gallery is not only an experience for your senses, it is the best way to come closer to the city’s tradition and history.