Siena

Travel Guide

Set amid Tuscany’s rolling, vine-covered hills, this medieval gem offers fascinating history, stunning sights and sublime local food.

When first arriving in Siena, it’s clear that this is an Italian town like no other. It is best known for its medieval history, during which time it was a cultural metropolis with a secular, quasi-democratic government. The city’s Golden Age lasted well into the 16th century, a period that saw the construction of unique brick buildings that still dominate much of the city center. Visit Siena today to be charmed by its enduring traditions and enjoy culinary specialties offered on every corner.

Begin the journey where all trips to Siena start, in the Piazza del Campo, the square around which the city was built and the heart of Siena’s Historical Center. Here you will find some of Siena’s most important sights, such as the Palazzo Pubblico, recognisable for its soaring Torre del Mangia at one end. Go inside the palace, which is the seat of the local council, to admire the artistry of the frescoes decorating nearly every room, then climb to the top of the tower for panoramic views over the city.

Out in the piazza, take photos of the Fonte Gaia, a monumental fountain, with the Loggia della Mercanzia in the background.

From the piazza, walk east for a few minutes to reach the Duomo di Siena, the city’s magnificent cathedral known for the marble mosaics covering the floor. Step outside the cathedral into the Piazza del Duomo to find the Santa Maria della Scala, a medieval hospital that’s now a museum complex. The building also houses Siena’s Tourist Information Office.

Take a break from your tour of Siena to enjoy some of the typical food of the region. Try the local pecorino cheese, cured meats, pork sausage and pici pasta. Sample Siena's famous sweet treats, such as panforte and cantucci cookies, which also make great gifts for family and friends.

Siena is in the heart of Tuscany. Travel by train from the closest airport, in Florence, in 2 hours, or drive in 1.5 hours. Siena has a train station with both local and long-distance train connections. A bus system offers transportation around the city and also into the surrounding villages.

Much of Siena’s Historical Center is closed to private vehicles, which can make parking difficult. Be aware that the city is quite hilly, so bring walking shoes to be able to explore comfortably.

Use Siena’s great location as a base to explore the charming hillside villages of the area, most of which have their own much-beloved type of wine grape.

Where to stay in Siena

NH Siena
NH Siena
4 out of 5
Piazza La Lizza 1, Siena, SI
The price is $80 per night from Feb 6 to Feb 7
Located in Siena Historical Center, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Monte dei Paschi, Stadio Artemio Franchi, and University of Siena. Piazza del Campo ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (947 reviews)
"Great location of the property. Hotel got busy day after we checked in. Nice staff. Clean room. Great breakfast. My only mistake was I chosed to make an adjustment and relocate our room in front or with a city view. It was nice but was noisy at night. But overall it's a nice hotel"

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2021

NH Siena
Grand Hotel Continental Siena – Starhotels Collezione
Grand Hotel Continental Siena – Starhotels Collezione
5 out of 5
Banchi Di Sopra 85, Siena, SI
The price is $228 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20
This family-friendly Siena hotel is located in the historical district, within a 5-minute walk of Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena and Piazza del Campo. Santa ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (408 reviews)
A beautiful hotel
"We really enjoyed our stay here: it’s a beautiful hotel in a central location with very helpful staff, excellent food at breakfast and dinner and a very comfortable room."

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2021

Grand Hotel Continental Siena – Starhotels Collezione
Hotel Athena
Hotel Athena
4 out of 5
P Mascagni 55, Siena, SI
Located in Siena Historical Center, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Siena Cathedral, Siena Baptistry, and Palazzo Pubblico. Piazza del Campo and Civic ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (967 reviews)
"Very nice hotel. My only gripe was that during breakfast the servers or kitchen staff were not always present to serve breakfast. There were 3 staff. and all of them were inside the kitchen and the person supposed to be serving the food was MIA. Guests waited standing for 5 min to get their breakfast. ..."

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2021

Hotel Athena
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
ApartHotel Anghel
ApartHotel Anghel
via Paolo Frajese 71, Siena, SI
The price is $58 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20
Situated in a shopping district, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Fontebranda and Piazza del Campo. Casa di Santa Caterina and Church of San ...
4/5 Very Good! (230 reviews)
"Extremely helpful staff and parking was right outside the building. Very easy to catch bus into town for minimal cost, comfortable beds and great apartment layout. Only negative was not all ammenities available for cooking and basic coffee/tea making needed to be taken from foyer. Would I stay again ..."

Reviewed on Jan 7, 2020

ApartHotel Anghel
Fullino Nero
Fullino Nero
2 out of 5
Strada del Petriccio e Belriguardo, 166/168, Siena, SI
Situated in a rural location, this apartment building is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Siena Stadium and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Santa Maria alle Scotte Polyclinic. Palasport ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (33 reviews)
Family trip to Siena
"Fullino Nero is a property with renovated, fully furnished apartments in a former farm at Tuscany, very close to the Siena residential area. The apartments are comfortable, with plenty of natural light and amazing views of the Siena/Tuscany landscape. There is even an in house laundry facility that ..."

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2019

Fullino Nero
Il Battistero Siena - Residenza d'Epoca
Il Battistero Siena - Residenza d'Epoca
Piazza San Giovanni, 13, Siena, SI
The price is $113 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20
Located in Siena Historical Center, this residence is steps from Siena Baptistry and Piazza del Campo. Santa Maria alle Scotte Polyclinic is 2.3 mi (3.8 km) ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (74 reviews)
"The staff, Rita, Linda and Maria Pia were knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. The location could not be better. The charm and history of the building are notable."

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2021

Il Battistero Siena - Residenza d'Epoca
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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