If you’re planning a trip to Tuscany, make a stopover to Siena! Discover with us the best areas to stay in Siena!
A famous city of Tuscany, Siena is a cultural centre in northern Italy, and is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. Staying in Siena for a night or two is one of the best things to do in Tuscany. Stretching over an area of 118 km², the city is home to a population of only 54,543 inhabitants, which makes it rather difficult to find accomodation, so don’t hesitate to book your stay in advance. A former Roman colony established by Emperor Augustus, the city was founded in the 7th century BC. In the Middle Ages, Siena was Florence’s powerful rival, and is therefore home to many historic buildings, both religious and secular. Visitors love to wander through the city’s narrow streets as they are sure to live a unique experience: the authenticity and beauty of Italy in all its splendor.
Boasting stunning age-old colourful architecture, as well as culinary delights – cheeses, breads, local dairy products – which are sure to impress your taste buds, beautiful landscapes, and homemade Italian gelati (ice cream), Siena is a little paradise. The hardest part will be finding a place to stay in Siena, although the offer will be overall cheaper than in Milan, Rome, or Florence. Discover the best areas to stay in Siena.
Piazza del Campo
Photo credit: Flickr – Chris Ford
The true historical centre of the city, Piazza del Campo is the best place to admire the medieval character of the city’s architecture, which has somehow traversed the ages only to seem ever more beautiful today. Discover the Duomo’s Gothic-style constructions, a real window to look back into time and past influences. Thanks to its curved shape reminiscent of an amphitheater, you cannot miss the gigantic pedestrian square of the city centre: Piazza del Campo.
Don’t miss the Palazzo Pubblico (town hall), the Torre del Mangia and the Siena Cathedral, which are all architectural masterpieces erected in the middle of the 14th century! This is where the Palio takes place, this famous summer and biannual horse race. If you wish to rent an apartment and stay in this area of Siena, book your night long in advance!
Surroundings of the city center
Photo credit: Flickr – Chiara Baldassarri
Close to the famous square are the residential areas of Siena. Since the city is relatively small, you will never be far from the city centre, so do not hesitate to find a place to stay outside Siena’s city centre if downtown accommodation is too expensive. For instance, you could stay in: Tognazza, Belverde, Ascarello, Val di Pugna, Cerchiaia, Costalpino, Tolfe, etc. A highly colourful and flavoursome trip awaits you if you decide to stay in Siena and surroundings.
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