Siena in a day: 5 attractions you can’t miss!

February, 25 2021 ( Updated February, 25 2021)


If you're near beautiful Versilia, you can't miss a stop in Siena, a historical city in the heart of Tuscany. 


The city is rich in architecture, art, history and ancient traditions that have been handed down from generation to generation, such as the famous Palio di Siena and the contrade that characterize this town.  


In this blog post, we will talk about 5 attractions that can be covered in a day in Siena.


The most famous square in the city, Piazza del Campo is located in the heart of Siena. From this square to the Duomo you will find the most famous attractions that make Siena a unique destination worldwide. The brick colour of the terracotta floor of the square, together with the colour of the buildings create a warm and welcoming atmosphere. 


Palio di Siena is an event that is held twice every year at this square and is especially close to the hearts of the citizens of Siena. There are also several palaces worth admiring, especially the Palazzo Comunale. The beautifully decorated fountain called Fonte Gaia with Carrara marble faithfully reproduces the original fountain (now kept in the museum of Santa Maria della Scala) is an extraordinary structure.


Also, in the center and close to the Duomo is the Santa Maria della Scala complex. This building was once a hospital for pilgrims- a warm place for the poorest people and for abandoned children. Today, the building houses various works of art. Spread over four levels, this 'miniature city' is worth visiting if you have ample time.

In the center of the same area, is Piazza del Duomo. Here, you can admire several attractions that can not be missed: the Duomo, the Crypt, the Piccolomini Library, the Baptistery and the Museum of the Opera del Duomo. That's why tourists who want to enjoy all these beauties are always advised to buy a pass that will save them a lot of money. 


The Duomo, or rather the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, strikes you with its beauty right from the outside with its Romanesque-Gothic style and use of white marble. The interior is also worth discovering- white and dark green marble is the representative materials and colours here. It will not be difficult to come across works by Michelangelo, Donatello; Pinturicchio and other famous artists here.


The floor of the Cathedral of Siena is an artistic gem. It consists of 56 carved marble panels depicting different scenes. You will definitely be amazed! There are also several works of art and statues as well as a magnificent view from the roof. 


On a trip to Siena, the Torre del Mangia is also in the top 5 attractions. The city's civic tower is 87 metres high and offers the most impressive view of Siena and its surroundings. After climbing up 400 steep and narrow steps, you will reach the top and your effort is rewarded by the spectacular view.

Siena is a town full of history, traditions and unique beauty. If you are staying in Tuscany, make sure to visit this beautiful town. Discover our holiday homes in Versilia!


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