Gorgeous Siena: the city's most incredible spots

An itinerary through the city's curiosities

Have you ever visited Siena? Here is an itinerary taking you through the classic bucket-list spots in one of the world's best-known Tuscan art cities, including monuments and historic remnants that you absolutely can't miss.
 

Piazza del Campo 
is the stage for the exciting Palio race which runs every year, and it is also the heart of the city. It was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and holds the main symbols of medieval Siena and its glorious past. The Torre del Mangia rises out of the most important Sienese palace, the Palazzo Pubblico, which was once the headquarters of the Signoria, and the Podestà, which is now the center of the city government in addition to the civic museum. Some of the artistic marvels that it houses are Simone Martini's Maestà. Martini was a great Sienese artist who created incredible, evocative masterpieces. For those who love breathtaking views, you absolutely must climb the tower, which offers a view of the entire historic center. 


One of the most important Italian churches in the Roman-Gothic style is the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the ASsumption, with its unmistakable marble facade, striped in black and white. Inside you'll find the Libreria Piccolimini, with its breathtaking fresco cycle by Pinturicchio. Behind the cathedral is the Baptistery of San Giovanni, the place where Jacopo della Quercia was baptized.
 

Amazing palaces like Palazzo Tolomei, the oldest in town, and Palazzo Salimbeni, which dates back to the fourteenth century, adorn the city streets in the most elegant and "genteel" portion of Siena. Take a trip to the Pinacoteca Nazionale to explore Sienese painting between the thirteenth and seventeenth centuries, including works by masters like Duccio di Buoninsegna.


Beyond history and art, Siena is known for its fine food and drink: in the trattorias and historic cafes, you'll want to try tasty Ricciarelli and the most exquisite Sienese wines.
 

Cover image credit: Goncalo Figueiredo

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