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Top 10 Places to go in and around Siena

This historically political city in the heart of Chianti wine country is not to be overshadowed by Florence or Venice. Still, it is not often a tourist’s first choice, leaving it with all the more medieval character and intimacy for you to enjoy.

Museum of Metropolitan Institution

Housed in the Siena Cathedral is one of the oldest museums in the world. A beautiful nexus of religion and culture, their prestigious art collection is a pillar of Siena history.

Siena Cathedral

This gigantic complex seems to never end. See ancient texts in the library, explore the sacred crypt, and climb to the top of the tower for a breathtaking panoramic view of Siena.

Complesso Museale Santa Maria della Scala

Walk across the street from the cathedral and back in time with 1,000 years of Italian history housed in this restored hospital complex.

Basilica of San Domenico

Also known as Basilica Cateriniana because St. Catherine’s head is kept here, this church is one of the most important structures in the area.

Torre del Mangia

Towering above the Palazzo Pubblico is the epic Torre del Mangia. It’s 10€ to climb to the top, but the view is worth every step.

Palazzo Pubblico

Torre del Mangia is the bell tower of this amazing Gothic structure. Inside you’ll find a wonderland of incredibly preserved sacred and secular frescos.

Piazza del Campo

Cultural center of the city, some say it’s one of the best piazzas in all of Italy. It’s the perfect place to sit outside with a glass of wine and soak in all the local character.

Castello di Meleto

Siena day trips are a must in the Chianti region. You won’t find a more unforgettable winery to visit than the one at this incredible castle in the countryside.

Castello di Brolio

This countryside castle wins the award for the world’s longest winemaking operation under the same family. Some say the Ricasoli family even invented the Chianti.

Palazzo Chigi-Saracini

One of the most famous medieval palaces in Siena was home to the significant Chigi Academy of Classical music, and you can still hear classical strings filling the air upon arrival.

Planning your Siena visit

How long to spend in Siena, Italy?

It is possible that two days in the city is enough, but allow yourself a couple extra days to relax and go for wine tasting in the surrounding countryside of Tuscany.

The Palio

One of Siena’s most famous attractions is the Palio, a bareback horse race held every July 2 and August 16 at Piazza del Campo. Seeing this ancient tradition is a once in a lifetime opportunity. If you’re visiting Siena around these times, however, be sure to book hotels, restaurants, and, of course, tickets to the Palio six months in advance if possible—it’s one of the rare times that Siena will feel very crowded.

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    Fall may be the best time to visit because of the autumn colors in the countryside. Although you can expect some rain, the temperatures are typically warm, and there are plenty of outdoor festivals to visit.

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