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Visiting Siena in one of the days
Siena, one of the most beloved and frequented places in Tuscany, is a place full of culture and culture, with a long tradition linked to its 17 counties (called "contrade") and the prestigious Palio di Siena, the largest of its kind held twice a year in the town during the year.
Situated in the centre of Tuscany, Siena is easy to reach from the other towns of the area, by road, rail or coaches. There is no access to the centre of the town, so if you travel by road, you must go to Siena on foot or using local railroad.
Situated outside the town, the station is well linked to the town centre by bus. In Siena without a vehicle, I suggest that you study this report on how to get to and visit Siena without a vehicle, which contains information on how to get there.
When you go to Siena, in this Siena parking section you will certainly find useful information about where to use. In Siena, one full days are certainly not enough to discover the many facets of the capital and its riches. However, one of these days, with some organisation, you will certainly be able to see the major attractions of Siena and appreciate the charms and ambience of this beautiful mediaeval cityscape, probably with the wish to come back as soon as possible.
When you have the chance in Tuscany, come back for a second outing! In Siena, what can you see in less than 24h? When you first come to Siena, I strongly suggest you go directly to the centre of the town, to the lovely Piazza del Campo, one of the city's emblems.
In Siena you can begin your walk right here or go to the Cathedral instead and return to Piazza del Campo later. Between Piazza del Campo and the Cathedral are the town' s major attractions, so you will probably be spending most of your stay here! The Piazza del Campo is truly one of a kind with its shell form, brick paving and all the structures on it.
Twice a year (July 2 and August 16), Piazza del Campo is the venue for the Palio di Siena, the most awaited and thrilling of all Sienese people. The Fonte Gaia, the town' s biggest well, can be admired in the plaza, initially adorned with Jacopo Dora Quercia statues.
Beneath the building with a view of Piazza del Campo you will see Palazzo Comunale (or Palazzo Pubblico, the town hall of the city) and Torre del Mangia. Torre del Mangia, 87 metres high, has one of the most spectacular panoramic points of view of the town.
If you want to see the City Museum as well as the Torre del Mangia, I suggest the combination pass (only available at the tower box office), which is ? 13,-. When you have a moment, the frescos of the "good and bad" government in the city museum are exceptional!
Continue from here to the valuable Piazza del Duomo. You will be able to admire some of the most splendid sites in Siena I would recommend: the Cathedral, the Crypt and the Piccolomini Library. When you want to see these sites, I suggest you buy the OPASi Pass, a collective pass that allows you to go to the Cathedral, the Crypt, the Piccolomini Library, the Baptistery and the Museum of the Opera del Duomo (where you can admire the views of the town from the "Facciatone") and save more than 50% on each one.
Recently a new walk inside the cathedral was opened, "The Door of Heaven", which allows you to visit the cathedral from above while really taking in exceptional outlooks. Siena Cathedral, or Santa Maria Assunta Cathedral, is one of the most prominent example of the Romanesque-Gothic style in Italy.
Impressive, almost brilliant for the large-scale use of large areas of pure quartz stone, the cathedral also has a fascinating external appearance. You will not be disappointed: the cathedral is rich with works by renowned painters such as Donatello, Nicola Pisano, Michelangelo and Pinturicchio. Its interior, like its outside, is adorned with a selection of marbles, either red, blue or blue, reflecting the colours of Siena.
Undoubtedly one of the most striking works inside the cathedral is its sidewalk, which consists of 56 rectangles that depict sculptured motifs etched in stone. However, if you are in Siena during the Palio or between the end of August and October, you will have the opportunity to see the entire area.
I recommend reading this articel for a detailled explanation of the cathedral. Piccolomini is a real jewel that is indispensable in Siena. It is INSIDE the DUOMO. There is a crypt under the cathedral. This Baptistery is devoted to San Giovanni and was constructed in 1300 when it was agreed to extend the cathedral.
Baptistery, with entrance from Piazza San Giovanni, is easy to recognize by its imperfect granite façade. One of the oldest Italian privately-owned museum, the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo is situated on the southern side of the cathedral, in an area that was to be an expansion of the cathedral according to the "New Cathedral" design, which was never made.
Here you can see the cathedral's authentic sculptures, among them Giovanni Pisano's, the Duccio da Buoninsegna vestibule and one of the greatest Buoninsegna works of art of the early fourteenth century: the Sr. Santa Maria of the Scala is one of the oldest hospital in Europe where priests were received (Siena is on the old Via Francigena that linked Rome to Middle Europe), as well as the impoverished and desertedños.
Situated in front of the cathedral, it is very easily reached and can be visited. Situated on four floors (the second is not yet accessible), it is a kind of "city within the city", so I suggest that you consider whether or not you have enough free space to see the whole building before entering (as I said before, you should really consider returning to Siena for more than a day).
Above attractions are just a few suggestions to help you organise your stay in Siena, and again, as mentioned at the beginning of this section, you probably won't be able to see everything. It is highly recommended that you spend some spare hours just strolling through the town' s roads, browsing through the stores, wandering through the colours and logos of the different areas you hang on the window s/doors of homes and more to get an idea of what everyday living in Siena is.
When you are on holiday with the kids, here are some extra hints on how to visit Siena with them. If you want to get to know Siena off the tourist paths and more, we have two walks where you can see the town from an extraordinary, "more authentic" view.