What to do in Siena, Italy

The Medieval City of Tuscany, Italy

Italy is the land of everything nice whether its the food, the landscape, the people, 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 to landscape and lastly hitting a small town for some seascape.

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, wine tours and has great selections of balsamic vinegar and olive oils. Let's go!

Siena, Italy Itinerary

October 17 - 20
3 Days in Siena, Central Italy 1 Day BUS ride to Amalfi Coast

Thursday, October 17
Address: Strada Scacciapensieri 47, 53100 Siena, Italy
4 days 3 nights 230 euros (3 pax)

Complimentary breakfast at Camping Siena Colleverde. Now I'm ready to Explore Siena!

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

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. 

Imagine hundreds of people flocked in 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.

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. 

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.

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

I love how everyone is doing their own thing here. Everyone just sat down in the Piazza like no one is watching.

Siena is very tourist-friendly all you have to do is follow the signs. 

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.

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

In the Philippines, every time my friends and I went to a new church we make a wish.

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 been friends since college and we've always talked about seeing each other in a different country in the future, and here we are.

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.

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.

The best ice cream combination I've ever had! A match made in heaven: Stracciatella and Amarena. The store is called Gelateria "Il Camerlengo" located at Il Campo, 6. 

Souvenir Shopping

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.

I have a huge fascination with Vespa and that handsome guy who left his keys.

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. 

Across the street where my husband took my epic light shot was this fascinating water fountain.

Look around the small town and you'll find interesting doors. Paris had beautiful windows but Italy gave it all for the doors.

My husband and my friend have no choice but to post for the camera or else we're not moving at all, ahahaa. 

All the corners seemed to lead us to somewhere unfamiliar.

I'm trying to picture out 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.

Walking around Siena is an overwhelming experience of history. There are so many stories behind all these buildings.

Shopping in Siena

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

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

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.

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 remember all my wishes but I do know I wanted to travel and see Italy.

Live Italian Opera at Piazza La Lizza 1

You can end the night attending a live opera or get two bottles of wine and call it a night.

More post about our trips: 
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

Have fun and be safe ^__^

Itinerary Reminders:

1. Flight Details
Make sure to write down your booking reference number, be at the airport two hours before your flight, and allocate time for your travel to the airport.

2. Accommodation Details
Write down your hotel/motel/resort/BnB booking number. Contact your place to inform them around when you'll be arriving — it really does help.  Also, ask if your accommodation has any discounted activities.  You'd be surprised!

3a. Transportation
List possible times your bus/train/boat arrives and leaves so you don't miss an activity.  Always give yourself an extra 30-45 minutes in case you get lost, get stuck in traffic, or are looking for parking.  Better early than late.  Of utmost importance: check for the last trip and fares!  So you still have time and money to get back.

3b. Car Rentals
Take note of your pick-up address and time allotted.  Our last car rental told us to bring the car back by a certain time with a certain amount of gas.  Allot money for fuel and parking.

4. Budgeting
Set aside a minimum and maximum spending amount for meals, transportation, entrance fees, activities, souvenirs, and emergencies.  3 meals a day + snacks add up quickly, so keep track!  As well as tips for restaurants and activities.

5. Activities
Call to confirm your booking(s) a day or so beforehand.  Set alarms and/or calendar reminders for things you plan to do (i.e- bungee-jumping, river-rafting, or even city/food tours).

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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