What to do in Siena, Italy

What to do in Siena, Italy: Must-try

The Medieval City of Tuscany, Italy

Italy is the land of everything nice whether it's the food, the landscape, the people, or even the culture and tradition. I love this country. After visiting the busy streets of Paris we intentionally decided to hit the mountains in Italy. We wanted a balance for our Europe trip from cityscape in Paris to landscape in Siena and lastly hitting a small town for some seascape on Amalfi Coast.

Siena was on my top list, a medieval town in Central Italy. A few hours away from Florence the main capital of the country. The town is popular for hosting the annual horse race, and wine tours and has great selections of balsamic vinegar and olive oils. Let's go!

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October 17 - 20

Address: Strada Scacciapensieri 47, 53100 Siena, Italy
4 days, 3 nights 230 euros (3 pax)
Next Destination: Amalfi Coast

We love Camping Siena Colleverde for the unique accommodation, good location, and friendly staff who made our stay in Siena productive and memorable.

What to do in Siena, Italy: Must-try
I wanted something different for our Italy trip.  Camping Siena Colleverde is a well-known place in Siena where you get to experience nature in a comfortable way. 

What to do in Siena, Italy: Must-try
Complimentary breakfast at Camping Siena Colleverde. Now I'm ready to Explore Siena! 

Piazza del Campo
A popular public space for celebrations and this is also the spot where they held the "Palio di Siena" a horse race held every 2nd of July and 16th of August of the year. 

What to do in Siena, Italy: Must-try
Imagine hundreds of people flocking to this square to witness the horse race. But for this day it was a time of relaxation, where people sat down in the plaza and have an ice cream under the sun.

ATM Machine

What to do in Siena, Italy: Must-try

If you need to withdraw some cash this atm machine is found conveniently in Piazza del Campo. Make sure to set your international cash limit withdrawal a bit higher before the trip to avoid any hassle. 

What to do in Siena, Italy: Must-try
Here is my husband trying to change our online banking settings. 

Pubblico Palace
The palace is located beside Torre del Mangia. It is considered one of the finest Gothic-style architecture in Siena.

What to do in Siena, Italy: Must-try
Everything looked so old and dreamy here!

Torre del Mangia
This is an iconic tower in Siena located in Piazza del Campo. It's 87 meters tall and if you want to climb the tower you only need to take 300 stairs to get to the top.

What to do in Siena, Italy: Must-try
I love how everyone is doing their own thing here. Everyone just sat down in the Piazza like no one is watching.

What to do in Siena, Italy: Must-try
Siena is very tourist-friendly all you have to do is follow the signs. 

Just get lost in the city...

What to do in Siena, Italy: Must-try
It's way better not to use any google maps as you explore the narrow streets of this medieval town. I love getting lost here as every turn feels like an adventure. Just make sure to do it in the morning as it gets scary at night, not because it's not safe, but just because of the "old" feel.

Duomo di Siena  
A medieval cathedral church in Siena. This church is situated above the Piazza del Campo. 

What to do in Siena, Italy: Must-try
In the Philippines, every time my friends and I went to a new church we make a wish.

What to do in Siena, Italy: Must-try
One of the finest churches I've ever seen in my life. I told my friend Kel to walk slowly not like a Godzilla, ahahaa. Kel and I have been friends since college and we've always talked about seeing each other in a different country in the future, and here we are.

What to do in Siena, Italy: Must-try

There are a few water fountains all over town. This is something new to me and I find it really amusing that water is accessible here.

Sant' Agostino 
A Roman Catholic church in Siena located in Prato di S. Agostino, 2. We found this just by walking around town.

What to do in Siena, Italy: Must-try
If your energy is running low then it's time to hunt for the best gelato in town.

Best Gelato I've ever tried!
Gelato is a traditional and famous frozen dessert in Italy. We found this little gelato store at Piazza del Campo and I melted. It was so rich and creamy.

What to do in Siena, Italy: Must-try
The best ice cream combination I've ever had! A match made in heaven: Stracciatella and Amarena. The store is called Gelateria "Il Camerlengo" at Il Campo, 6. 

Souvenir Shopping

What to do in Siena, Italy: Must-try
Who doesn't know the classic book entitled "Pinocchio" which was also made popular by Walt Disney? A classic tale that was written by Carlo Collodi and his wooden puppet, it was said that he got his inspiration from growing up in Tuscany. I find the movie a bit strange when I was young and just started to be fine with it thanks to the movie "Shrek."

Scooter Land
Italy is the birth country of Vespa, an Italian brand for scooters. An iconic ride in Italy and a part of the Italian culture.

What to do in Siena, Italy: Must-try
I have a huge fascination with Vespa and that handsome guy who left his keys.

What to do in Siena, Italy: Must-try
I told my husband I dreamed of getting one and whenever I go grocery shopping this will be my ride. Cruising the streets with my old Vespa riding slow and easy like an old happy lady. 

Fountains Galore

What to do in Siena, Italy: Must-try
Across the street where my husband took my epic light shot was this fascinating water fountain.

Doors! Amazing Doors!

What to do in Siena, Italy: Must-try
Look around the small town and you'll find interesting doors. Paris had beautiful windows but Italy gave it all for the doors.

What to do in Siena, Italy: Must-try
My husband and my friend have no choice but to post for the camera or else we're not moving at all, ahahaa. 

What to do in Siena, Italy: Must-try
All the corners seemed to lead us to somewhere unfamiliar.

What to do in Siena, Italy: Must-try
I'm trying to picture the simple lives they have here and us invading their privacy. Surprisingly, the locals were kind about it. No one showed any dismay or unfriendly tones while we roamed around town.

Palazzo Chigi-Saracini
A Gothic urban palace located Via di Città in Terzo di Città.

What to do in Siena, Italy: Must-try
Walking around Siena is an overwhelming experience of history. There are so many stories behind all these buildings.

Shopping in Siena

What to do in Siena, Italy: Must-try
There are plenty of shops at Via Pantaneto and Via Banchi di Sopra if you're looking for boutiques, leather bags, and shoes. Souvenirs can also be found in Via di Citta from Banchi di Sopra.

Piazza del Campo at Night

What to do in Siena, Italy: Must-try
Never missed the Piazza at night, it comes to life in a different way. People seemed more relaxed, more laughter in the cafes, and lots of wine bottles too.

A closer look inside Pubblico Palace and the Torre del Mangia at night

What to do in Siena, Italy: Must-try
The building was cold and quiet. When you look up at the windows your imagination runs wild with the tower lurking around the corner. 

Fonte Gaia 
A nice monumental fountain located in Piazza del Campo.

What to do in Siena, Italy: Must-try
Do you remember those days when you asked your mum for a quarter so you can close your eyes and make a wish right in front of the wishing fountain? I can't remember all my wishes but I do know I wanted to travel and see Italy. See? Dreams do come true!

Live Italian Opera at Piazza La Lizza 1

What to do in Siena, Italy: Must-try
You can end the night attending a live opera or get two bottles of wine and call it a night. Thank you to the staff of Camping Siena Colleverde for taking care of us.

More Unique Things to Do in Siena, Italy:
Saturday, October 19 Wine Tour @ Chianti Region in Italy

Sunday, October 20 Chianti Classico Marathon (Trail Run) and Night Train from Siena to Amalfi Coast

Also, take a look at "Must-Have Travel Planner for Travelers"The planner also serves as a keepsake of your trip, allowing you to look back on your adventures and relive the memories. Whether you're an experienced traveller or new to exploring the world, a travel planner can help ensure that you have a smooth and enjoyable journey.

Have fun and be safe  ^__^

Do you want more information about our European adventure?
Check out Travelling to Europe for 2 weeks: Art Class in Paris, France then getting on a Hot air balloon ride at Siena, Italy, and relaxing by the beach at Amalfi, Coast with a side trip to Rome, Italy before flying back home.

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