Things to See and Do in Siena
Before you decide to visit Tuscany, it may be a wise idea to learn a little bit more about one of the most popular cities in the region; Siena. This is by far one of the most visited places – and there are several reasons why so many tourists from around the globe flock to this part of Tuscany every year. If you plan to spend a holiday in this part of Italy, you’re going to want to visit Siena.
Piazza del Campo
A whole host of visitors choose to visit Piazza del Campo every year. Located in the heart of Siena and playing host to rich history and culture, as well as beautiful architecture; this location is truly spectacular. The Palazzo Comunale (the city’s Town Hall) and the Fonte Gaia water fountain are just a couple of the sights you may want to check out during your visit.
Twice a year (on the 2nd of July and the 16th of August), the Palio di Siena is held here. This is one of the biggest events in the area and is an amazing sight to see.
The Torre del Mangia
The Torre del Mangia is an imposing structure, with a height of 87 meters. The climb to the top of the tower can be quite tiring (you’ll need to go up 400 steep steps!) – but once there, the views of the city are considered more than worth it.
Those who also want to visit the Civic Museum should keep in mind that you can buy a combined ticket, as there’s a lot to enjoy here too, like the frescoes of “Good and Bad” government.
Piazza del Duomo
Piazza de Duomo is home to several treasures – and for anyone looking to truly immerse themselves in the beauty of Tuscany, exploring this area is a must. If you pay this part of Siena a visit, be sure to check out some of the many iconic sites here, like the Cathedral, the Crypt, or the Piccolomini Library.
The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta
One of the most notable landmarks is the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, which is a magnificent example of just how beautiful the Romanesque-Gothic churches in Italy are. Beautiful inside and out, with works by famous artists like Donatello and Michelangelo, a visit to this church won’t leave you disappointed.
Santa Maria della Scala
The Santa Maria della Scala is an incredibly interesting site, as it’s one of the oldest hospitals in Europe. It’s also right in front of the Duomo, so it’s not at all hard to find. While there are still parts that are under restoration, the complex is open to the public.