Siena

Siena - a splendid UNESCO world heritage site in north Tuscany

 

The beautiful city of Siena had its historic centre declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1995. It is easy to see why; its magnificent centre has maintained its lovely and unique appearance as if frozen in time from the 13th century. More intimate, and often less crowded than its other Tuscan counterpart, Florence, Siena is a delightful place to explore, discovering narrow back streets and hidden squares.

The city also plays host to the Siena Palio, Italy's most famous sporting event, where horses are raced, bareback, across the Piazza del Campo, an event that has been held here almost every year since 1644.

 

What to do

Head first to the Piazza del Campo, Siena's main square. It is one of the biggest medieval squares in the world, renowned for its beauty, and has been the centre of life in Siena since 1300. At the top of the square you will find the Fonte Gaia, one of the most beautiful fountains in Siena. Also fronting the piazza are the imposing buildings of Palazzo Sansedoni and Palazzo Pubblico. Also in the square you will find the Torre del Mangia, which when it was built was one of the tallest towers in Italy at 102m. If you're feeling energetic climb the 400 steps to the top of this impressive tower and admire the breathtaking views across the whole of Siena and the distant hills beyond.

Siena's breathtaking Cathedral is situated in a piazza just above the Piazza del Campo. Striking for its black and white marble interior and exterior, representative of the black and white symbolic colours of the city. Inside you will find a stunning interior housing important monuments and with an impressive mosaic tiled floor.

Make sure you don't miss the striking Piccolomini library, located inside the cathedral.  Famous for the stunning, rich, gold frescoes that decorate its interior, the work of Pinturcchio and his pupils in the early 1500s. The library is a true gem, not to be missed.

Located on the south side of the cathedral is the Opera del Duomo Museum. A privately owned museum that houses some of the statues from the façade of the cathedral. Just behind the cathedral is the Baptistry, built in 1325, it is one of the most important religious sites in the city. Inside you can admire frescoes as well as an impressive bronze and marble font.

Right in front of the Duomo is the Complex of Santa Maria della Scala, Once home to a hospital caring for abandoned children, the poor, sick and pilgrims, it is now an impressive museum holding a vast collection of important works of arts and monuments. This enormous museum complex, of over 10,000 square metres on several different levels, is connected by a maze of tunnels and hallways. A must to discover the art and history of Siena through the years.

 

What to eat

Siena is a lively university city, packed with restaurants, cafes, bars and wineries. Enjoy an evening meal before taking a slow stroll, enjoying some of the many street performers you will find lining its busy streets and squares.

For one of the best pizzas in Siena head to the reasonably priced, Il Cavaliere Errante. The pizzas are cooked to perfection and the delicious house wine is served by the carafe. Located only minutes from piazza del Campo, it offers outside seating, a lively atmosphere and attentive staff. For seafood lovers, Tre Cristi, is a must. One of the few seafood restaurants in the area, this long established venue offers an elegant menu, a complimentary glass of prosecco on arrival and a chic and elegant interior.

If you're looking for the perfect wine bar head to Osteria Il Vinaio. This incredibly popular bar is buzzing with locals enjoying a bowl of pasta or two washed down by their highly quaffable house wine.

For the best gelato try La Vecchia Latteria. A favourite amongst locals you will find it near the Pinacoteca Nazionale. The owners use fresh ingredients to concoct fabulous gelato and frozen yoghurts recipes.

 

How to get there

From Florence there are hourly direct trains into Siena. There are also direct trains from Grosetto in the south. The train station in Siena is located approx. 2km north of the city centre. It's an uphill walk into town but all buses from the station pass through the centre and will only take about 5 minutes to get you there. If arriving by car, relatively cheap parking can be found near Fortezza Medicea, northwest of the city stadium, and around it.

The nearest airports are at Florence (80km) and Pisa (119km) Both of which are served by good bus and train connections into the city. 

 

See below our villas and apartment in Siena & surrounding areas

Villa in Tuscany
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8

* Located approximately 7km from Castellina in Chianti * Restored farmhouse * Set within beautiful vineyards * Peaceful position

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Tuscany villa
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4

* Located in the hills of the Chianti region * Spectacular views of the surrounding countryside * Converted medieval chapel * Shared swimming pool * Pets allowed

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Tuscany villa rentals
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8

* Within walking distance of amenities in the local village just 400m away * Private swimming pool with waterfall * Surrounded by greenery * Pets allowed on request

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Chianti villa with private pool
5
4
10

* Great views over the surrounding countryside * 5 double bedrooms * Private bean shaped swimming pool * Pets allowed * 200m walking distance from a restaurant

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Villa in Tuscany
£1,890 - £3,000
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3
8

* Located near Castellina in Chianti * Pets allowed on request * Spacious green garden * Private swimming pool * Traditional furniture

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Tuscany villas for rent
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8

* Set in a panoramic position of the rolling hills of the Chianti region * Shared swimming pool * Surrounded by vineyards & olive groves

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Tuscany villa with private pool
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10

* Near Castellina in Chianti in a peaceful and panoramic position * Daily cleaning service * Large private swimming pool * Possible guided tours & tasting produce events * Pets allowed on request

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Tuscany villa
£1,415 - £1,895
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2
4

set in the countryside surrounding Siena

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Villa in Tuscany
5
3
9

* Set in a panoramic position of the rolling hills of the Chianti region * Shared swimming pool * Surrounded by vineyards & olive groves

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Large luxury villa in Tuscany for 18 people with private pool
9
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18

* Located on top of hill with stunning views of the surrounding countryside * Large private pool in sunny position * Outdoor dining area with wood burning oven * Pool table

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Tuscany villas
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10

* Part of the old Lilliano estate, close to Castellina in Chianti * Beautiful panorama of Chianti near Siena * Tasting of wines in the medieval wine-cellars and of olive-oil produced on the farm

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Villa in Chianti with private pool
£2,490 - £4,840
6
7
12

* Located in an excellent position for exploring Florence & Siena * Large attractive stone farmhouse * Great views of Chianti hills * Includes daily cleaning

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Classic villa in Tuscany Chianti region with private pool
4
4
8

* Sleeping 8 people in 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms * Located in one of the most beautiful parts of the Chianti Classico area * Wellness center with sauna, Turkish bath and Jacuzzi * easy to reach numerous award-winning wineries in the area * Private swimming pool

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Lovely villa in the Chianti region with private pool
6
6
12

* In a peaceful position * Situated 3km. from Gaiole in Chianti * Surrounded by a large garden interposed between vineyards * Private swimming pool

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Luxury villas Tuscany
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25

* Suitable for weddings or large gatherings * Location in the Chianti countryside, just 9km from Siena * Inside a large farm producing excellent extra virgin olive oil and Chianti wine * Elegant villa, grounds and private swimming pool

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Tuscany villa with private pool for large groups in the Chianti region
9
9
18

* Beautiful farmhouse located in a panoramic position on the Chianti Classico hills * Divided into two large units * Garden slopes gently down to a beautiful swimming pool

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Tuscany Villa with pool
£1,825 - £2,915
5
4
12

* Surrounded with vineyards, olive groves and woods * 5 double bedrooms * Extensive private grounds * Private swimming pool * Siena only 5km away

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Tuscany Villa with pool
4
3
8

* Farmhouse on the edge of the historic town of Montalcino * About 500 metres away you will find all kinds of shops. * Private swimming pool * Traditional furniture

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A traditional Tuscany villa with panoramic views and private pool sleeping 20 people in 10 bedrooms
10
10
20

* Sleeping 20 people in 10 bedrooms * Stunning panorama, we can see the Etruscan city of Volterra * San Gimignano with its towers within extremely easy reach * Private swimming pool

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Chianti villas
£1,480 - £2,820
6
5
11

* Beautiful stone house just 20km from Sienna * Stone-built farmhouse located inside a vast property that extends for 460 hectares * Within an estate of vineyards, olive tree groves and wheat fields * Large private swimming pool * Villa + annex

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Tuscany villas
£1,010 - £1,810
5
3
10

* Private swimming pool * Very private & spacious villa * Stunning views and beautiful antique gardens * Pets allowed * Ping pong table is available to entertain your children

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Villa with private pool near Siena
6
4
10

* With jacuzzi & sauna * Walking distance to local village * An old farmhouse, 4km from the center of Siena * Completely fenced garden * Private swimming pool surrounded by a sun terrace and a gazebo

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14

located between Siena and Arezzo

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