For travelers to Italy looking for a break away from the major tourist destinations - such as Florence, Venice or Rome - Siena is a delightful option to consider. Located close to Florence, with easy connections by train or bus, Siena is a wonderful medieval city rich with history, art, culture and architectural beauty. While during the midday, Siena's streets can be packed with throngs of tour groups and day-trippers from Florence, by early evenings the crowds disperse, leaving a sleepy Italian town worth exploration and contemplation. A dedicated traveler can see most of Siena's top sites in two or three days' time, making it a perfect choice for a weekend getaway.
Here you will find my recommendations for how to best enjoy Siena: its history, its culture, its art and so much more. I hope after reading this page you will learn more about the wonderful Tuscan city of Siena and perhaps choose to visit it someday yourself.