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An intense weekend


An intense weekend

This is a one day itinerary to discover all the artistic and architectural beauties of this fantastic Medieval city. You can easily complete this itinerary on foot, as nearly all the most interesting places in the city are in the old city center.
  • Morning
    Our itinerary starts in the heart of the city: il Campo, the spectacular shell-shaped square where the famous Palio di Siena is held each year. You can admire the wonderful Palazzo Pubblico, whose interior is decorated with allegories by Lorenzetti and which houses the interesting Civic Museum in this square paved with the characteristic red bricks. Take a break in the famous confectioner’s store Nannini La Conca D’Oro in Via Banchi di Sopra, just a few minutes from the square, between one visit and another. You can be served excellent coffee and a few handmade Siena sweets here. You can also visit the huge Torre del Mangia in the square. The top is 120 meters from the ground, from where you have a wonderful view of the city.
    If you are still not hungry, you can carry on to Piazza San Giovanni to visit the fourteenth-century Battistero di San Giovanni. Choose a small restaurant or trattoria nearby and enjoy the true flavors of Siena cooking.
  • Afternoon
    Just a short walk from the Battistero you will come upon the wonderful Piazza Duomo. Here you can see the Gothic style Cathedral that houses works by Michelangelo, Bernini and Donatello. Next to the cathedral you will find the interesting Museum of Metropolitan Work and the Santa Maria della Scala building, which are both worth a visit. You can now dedicate the rest of your time to discovering some of the pretty Medieval buildings in the city. The first must be Palazzo Tolomei, one of the oldest in Siena. We also recommend the Bishop’s Palace and Palazzo Salimbeni, now the headquarters of the Monte dei Paschi di Siena bank.
  • Evening
    Siena is a wonderful place in the evening. The façades of its Medieval buildings are lit up by the thousand street lights. Before dinner, go for a romantic walk, to Fonte Branda, for example, a charming fountain that dates back to 1080. We recommend you drink a wine-based aperitif in the historical Enoteca italiana, located in the huge Fortezza Medicea. Choose a restaurant near the Campo for dinner and then continue your evening in one of the several clubs in the area, some of which also offer excellent live music.

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