It is always easiest to review a place when you have just been there, and in the past weeks we had the pleasure of being one of the many thousands of tourists embarking on the stunning medieval Tuscan city of Siena during Italy's summer holiday season. In addition to Florence, Lucca and Pisa, this city practically completes the list of must-see "major" Tuscan cities, and is without a doubt also one of Italy's hottest destinations.
In Siena, the narrow alleys and winding streets lined with red brick buildings invariably seem to lead to Piazza del Campo, a large shell-shaped square that is one of the loveliest public spaces we have ever set foot in. On that square the Palazzo Pubblico takes center stage, and when you walk into a street in any direction from here and you will find yourself in either a fantastic showcase of Gothic architecture, a shopping paradise with all the designer labels, or a gastronomic heaven with fantastic trattorias in every alley you head into. Or all at the same time, depending on what you allow to catch your eye.
Besides the Piazza del Campo, the Duomo as well as Pinacoteca should be on top of your list. But in reality Siena feels more like a huge open-air museum that will keep you entertained from the moment you take an escalator up from one of the parking garages outside the city walls. [Review by travelindicator]
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- Siena is a city in Italy's region of Tuscany. It has a population of 52,774, is situated at an altitude of 1129ft and the best airport to fly into is FLR (Peretola, Florence)
- The main spoken language here is Italian, and the average English skill is intermediate
- Note Siena is not a good point of entry for trips to Italy as it is not well internationally connected. Instead try entering through for instance Rome, Genoa, Milan or Turin
- The currency used in Italy is the Euro (EUR)
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