Day Trips to Siena
Siena is another historic city in the Tuscan region and the capital of the province of Siena. Its amazing architecture and beautiful main square, the shell shaped Piazza del Campo, are what make it so unique. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, Siena is famous for the legendary Palio horse race that happens twice a year on July 2 and August 16.
Historic and Archaeological Sites
Siena takes you back into the Middle Ages. The city center sits on several hills so expect some climbing but it is quite small and the main sights are close Passionate historians will love Siena’s archeological tours because the historic center of Siena is one of the best-preserved and really a delight to see and explore. While in Siena, visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture, Palazzo Pubblico, and Torre del Mangia, a 102 mt. tall tower.
The Biblioteca Piccolomini includes the most impressive frescoes in the Tuscan region while the Siena Gallery offers artistic collections of Sienese artists from the 12th to the 16th century. Don’t forget the Church of San Domenico, Piazza Salimbeni, and the Gate of the Water Spout (Porta Pispini), which are part of the genuine Sienese experience. Of additional interest are the Santuario di Santa Caterina, Fortezza Medicea, and Baptistery of Santa Maria Assunta. The Siena Civic Museum is a popular tourist attraction for family visits due to its lively colored paintings.