UNESCO heritage listed Siena, Tuscany is one of the best preserved historic cities in Italy. I find it to be one of the most beautiful cities in this awesome country. Medieval Siena boasts many well-preserved Gothic buildings, some of them dating back to the eleventh century. Siena is located in 1,5 hours from Florence so it can be done as a day trip from there or may be included in your Tuscany road trip as the place not to miss when you visit Tuscany. As the old town is closed to traffic, leave your vehicle in the parking lot and go.28siena cathedral thesanetravel.com 1450420

1) Gates of Siena

The old city of Siena is surrounded by seven kilometer long fortified wall built in the 11th century so you will enter it through one of the gates. The wall still has 12 gates that you can admire when entering the historic centre or walking around. Porta Camollia is one of the main gates into Siena, once used by everyone coming to the city from Florence. The inscription above the gate says: “Cor magistibi Sena pandit” – Siena opens its heart to you. So welcome to discover the heart of Siena.10siena tuscany thesanetravel.com 1450250

2) Streets of medieval Siena

To me, the streets of medieval Siena felt a bit like a maze, being quite narrow and surrounded by high buildings that don’t let you see what is behind them or around the corner. But keep walking and be patient, soon you will see it all.11 siena tuscany thesanetravel.com 1450259

3) Piazza Salimbeni

It is where the headquarters of Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena is located. It is the world's oldest bank, founded in 1472. Currently, the bank is the fourth largest commercial and retail bank in Italy. The palaces of the Tantucci, Salimbeni and Spannocchi close the piazza on three sides. In the center of the square the statue of Sallustio Bandini (1677 –1760), an advocate of free trade, is located.12 siena tuscany thesanetravel.com 1450277

4) Piazza Tolomei

is one of the many places in Siena where the statue of the she-wolf suckling Romulus and Remus is located. According to a medieval legend, Siena was established by Senius, son of Remus and nephew of Romulus; therefore, the symbol of Siena is a she-wolf suckling Romulus and Remus. Notice also the San Cristoforo church located on the square. If you could turn around, you would see the Palazzo Tolomei opposite the church, one of the oldest buildings in the city.13 siena tuscany thesanetravel.com 1450280

5) The building of the Circle of Uniti

the oldest and one of the most unachievable members club in Europe. In the middle of the 17th century, 21 noblemen from Siena decided to establish a circle aimed to entertain themselves and their guests with parties and events. This is how the Circle was born. These days the only requirement for admittance to the group that only consists of 100 members is to prove a strong link with the city of Siena. Address: Via di Città, 214siena club thesanetravel.com 1450286

6) Piazza del Campo

It is truly unique with its shell shape, its bricks pavement and the buildings facing it. Piazza del Campo hosts famous Palio di Siena horse racing competitions twice a year—on July 2 to honor Madonna of Provenzano and on August 16 for the Virgin Mary's Assumption.21siena tuscany thesanetravel.com 1450301

7) Siena Cathedral

Piazza del Duomo is where so much beauty of Siena is located with the Duomo, or the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, being the most outstanding part of that. Imposing because of the white marble, the Duomo fascinates already from the outside. The large monumental complex comprises the Cathedral, the Piccolomini Library, the Gate of Heaven, the Baptistry, the Crypt, the Museo dell'Opera, the Panorama from the Unfinished Façade, the Oratory of St. Bernardino and the Costone Gardens.22siena tuscany thesanetravel.com 1450305

8) The interior of Duomo

like the exterior, is decorated with white and dark green, almost black marble, a choice made to reflect the colors of the city of Siena. It looks magnificent indeed.24siena tuscany thesanetravel.com 1450327

9) The Piccolomini Library

is a true gem that you really can’t miss. The library is located inside the Duomo. Look for a small door on the left side of the church! Inside the Library, you can admire truly extraordinary frescoes with scenes of the life of Pope Pius II shining for the abundant use of gold.26siena tuscany thesanetravel.com 1450369

10) The Baptistery

behind the Duomo is dedicated to San Giovanni (St. John) and was built in 1300 when the decision to enlarge the Duomo was made. The interior of the Baptistery is beautifully decorated with frescoes by artists of the Renaissance. The most precious masterpiece there is a beautiful baptismal font.29siena tuscany thesanetravel.com 1450500

11) The view of the Duomo

From the Facciatone of Museum of the Opera del Duomo you can enjoy the view of the city and Duomo. This museum is one of the oldest private museums in Italy.28siena cathedral thesanetravel.com 1450420

12) Pilgrims' Hall

The complex of Santa Maria della Scala, also located on Piazza del Duomo, is one of the oldest hospitals in Europe where pilgrims and abandoned children were welcomed. The complex is located right in front of the Duomo, so it is very easy to reach and visit. Still, it’s lesser known and harder to understand for a first time visitor. It’s a large venue, so allocate at least 1,5 hours for your visit. The complex is arranged on four levels. Level four made the strongest impression on me, first of all, because of the grand Pilgrims' Hall with its 15th century frescoes by famous painters of Renaissance.30siena tuscany thesanetravel.com 1450558

13) The church of the Santissima Annunziata

on the same level, is also worth visiting. Its construction began in the middle of the 13th century. It houses excellent works of art and church furnishings; its high altar has a splendid bronze sculpture of the Risen Christ cast by Lorenzo di Pietro, known as Vecchietta.31siena church thesanetravel.com 1450530

14) Via del Comune

Siena is hilly in some parts so you can enjoy its beauty from different points of view. So take via del Comune when leaving the beautiful Siena.33 siena street thesanetravel.com 1450679

15) Porta Ovile 

We leave the stunning Siena through Porta Ovile pictured here. The original Porta Ovile dates back to 1230, but the gate has been rebuilt and enlarged several times over the years. It is built entirely of brick, with a massive rampart for protection.37siena gate thesanetravel.com 1450704Like it? Pin it!

Siena in Tuscany is a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the best preserved historic cities in Italy. Medieval Siena boasts many well-preserved Gothic buildings, some of them dating back to the eleventh century including the terrific Siena Cathedral. It’s a day trip from Florence or a part of your Tuscany road trip. It is the place not to miss when you visit Tuscany. My Siena photos will show you the way. #Siena #unescoworldheritagesite #Tuscany #travelblog #travelphotography #EuropetravelSiena in Tuscany is a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the best preserved historic cities in Italy. Medieval Siena boasts many well-preserved Gothic buildings, some of them dating back to the eleventh century including the terrific Siena Cathedral. It’s a day trip from Florence or a part of your Tuscany road trip. It is the place not to miss when you visit Tuscany. My Siena photos will show you the way. #Siena #unescoworldheritagesite #Tuscany #travelblog #travelphotography #Europetravel

What did you think? Have you been to Siena? Or perhaps you’re thinking of visiting there in the near future? Either way, I’d love to hear from you so please add your comments below.

  • Published by Anita on February 23, 2019
  •  Author: Anita Sāne

     

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    Anita is a part-time traveler, passionate photographer and a mature career woman from Latvia, 
    traveling mostly solo for more than 10 years. She is a skilled travel planner planning and executing her travels by herself. Anita wants to show you how to travel the world and open your mind to new experiences. Follow her also on InstagramPinterestTwitter and Bloglovin.

     

    Siena in Tuscany is a UNESCO heritage site and awesome historic city of Italy with Gothic buildings including the Siena Cathedral. My Siena photos show you the way. https://bit.ly/2VgtrPu by @thesanetravel #Siena #unescoworldheritage #Tuscany #travelphotography #Europetravel

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    It's been a few years since I've been to Siena, but how I loved it. And, after reading this post, I realized that I missed seeing quite a few things. But happily I would love to go back. Even just walking around Siena is a pure joy. Thanks for bringing back the memories.
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    Stunning pictures!!

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