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Holidays in
Siena

Tuscany’s most romantic city

Siena is a glorious city, beautiful from a distance as well as close up, with terracotta-hued buildings set in an emerald-green landscape. Its historic centre, made up of a collection of peach and russet medieval palaces and churches, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city’s focal point is its grand oval piazza, Il Campo, and spiderwebbing out from it are 17 distinct, wonderfully preserved medieval districts. The centrepiece of the city, with its graceful humbug-striped tower, is an astonishingly beautiful white, green, black and white marble cathedral. There is so much to enjoy on Siena holidays. Having a sundowner in a sun-dappled piazza, browsing the city’s small boutiques crammed with exquisitely made artisanal products, snacking on delicious pastries, dining on incredible Tuscan dishes, and wandering around this work-of-art cityscape. It’s no surprise that Siena is considered one of Tuscany’s loveliest cities.

Your Siena questions, answered

You could do without a car if only staying in Siena, but you’d miss out on some of the wonderful, winding drives through the jewel-green countryside that surrounds the city.

Siena is wonderful year-round: sunny in summer (when it hosts its extraordinary Il Palio horse race), balmy in spring and autumn, and cosy and enchanting in winter.

Il Palio is a contest among Siena’s 17 districts, which culminates in a horse race around the main square. It takes place on 2 July and 16 August annually.

Best things to do in Siena

Hang out in Il Campo

Siena’s sloping central piazza is called Il Campo, literally ‘the field’. It’s overlooked by some beautiful buildings, and it’s a great place to hang out in the sunshine.

Visit the cathedral

Siena’s cathedral is as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside, with a inlaid marble floor, soaring striped columns, and heavenly blue ceiling spangled with stars

Climb a tower

On the main piazza, you can visit the elegant, medieval town hall, and its Torre del Mangia, whose steps you can climb to see dazzling, panoramic views.