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A Sojourn in Siena.

As you may know, I have a love affair with Tuscany and nestled into the countryside is the stunning city of Siena.Siena The quaint medieval city feels like you’ve stepped back in time, where there is a wealth of art and beautiful architecture waiting to be explored.

PIAZZA DEL CAMPOPiazza del Campo is one of the most well known medieval squares in Europe, with it’s unique sloping piazza, punctuated by the Torre del Mangia it has an air of magic.The imposing Palazzo Pubblico was built in the 13th century, originally the residence of Siena’s podesta, it houses government offices today.Admire the Fonte Gaia in the square, the city’s largest fountain decorated with marble sculptures.

My favourite way to enjoy Il Campo, is to take a coffee in one of the many al-fresco cafes that line the piazza. It’s perfect for taking in the historic atmosphere and soaking in the Tuscan sunshine whilst doing a little people watching.

PIAZZA DEL DUOMOYou could spend a whole day exploring Piazza del Duomo, where you will find some of the most magnificent places in Siena.I suggest buying the OPASi Pass, which is a cumulative ticket allowing you entrance into the Cathedral, Crypt, Piccolomini Library, Baptistery and the Museo dell’Opera – you’ll save over 50% on individual tickets.Siena’s cathedral is decorated with the colours of the city – white and green. The interior is decorated with artwork by famous artist including Donatello and Michelangelo.

A highlight of our trip was Panorama dal facciatone! Climb to the panoramic viewpoint at the top of the New Cathedral to get the best views of Siena and the surrounding countryside.

WHERE TO STAY

Hotel Santa Caterina is the perfect base to explore Siena. Located only a few minutes walk from the historic centre of the city, the hotel maintains a light and airy ambience. The Tuscan decor is enhanced by unique and elegant design features.

The Room
We were staying in a mezzanine room, furnished in classic Tuscan style with exposed beams and charming framed artwork.The sophisticated rustic decor created a calm and comfortable space to wind down after a day of exploring.

The Panoramic Garden
A highlight of Hotel Santa Caterina is most definitely the panoramic garden, with heart-stopping views across the countryside.It is the perfect spot to enjoy a Cappuccino and take in the incredible views. The hotel serves breakfast in the garden when the weather permits, such a wonderful start to the day!

Walking the winding stone streets of Siena feels like stepping back in time, every corner you turn there is a beautiful view awaiting you. I highly recommend visiting if you have the opportunity, you won’t be disappointed.

Have you visited Siena? I’d love to hear your experiences.

Disclaimer: We were guests of Hotel Santa Caterina. However, all opinions and photography are my own. 

I’m Gemma, a travel blogger who is in love with exploring new places. Follow me for luxury travel tips, travel inspiration and photography from around the world.

15 Comments

  1. Sienna looks so beautiful and charming and you have chosen a perfect hotel to stay at, to enjoy the views over the city and the countryside. I will be moving to Tuscany for a month in October and I will definitely take a day trip to explore Sienna.

  2. Your photos are making me want to go to Siena. The architecture is blowing my mind, and I can only imagine how much more awe-inspiring it would be if I were there in person. I need to put Siena on top of my Italian bucket list.

  3. What a stunning town! If I hadn’t of seen the people in their modern day outfits I would’ve sworn that you had taken me on a trip back in time! What a magical place to explore.

  4. I must confess I’d never heard of Siena before. I am passing through Tuscany this winter so will add it to my route. The medieval square looks stunning and so Instagrammable. I’ll check out Hotel Santa Caterina as my place to stay.

  5. Oh how lovely! We’ve been to Tuscany a few times, but haven’t explore Siena. My sister-in-law studied abroad there in college and has the best memories of Siena. Hopefully, we can add it as a stop next time we’re in Italy!

  6. Siena has such beautiful architecture and so many things to see and do. I love the amazing views from the New Cathedral and the Panoramic Garden. Siena should definitely top my bucket list for my next holiday abroad!

  7. Siena looks crazy similar to Florence!! The Duomo in particular is definitely comparable to the one in Florence, both inside and out.
    I actually spent 6 months studying in Italy just outside of Bologna and spent a lot of time travelling to other parts. I didn’t make it to Siena despite a friend of mine being placed there, and now I’m kicking myself! Your pictures and description really make me want to visit. And the hotel sounds (and looks!) like the perfect place to stay. It seems to be nice and quiet, which is exactly what I want in city break accommodation!

  8. Such a beautiful place. It seems pedestrian friendly. I am amazed with the architecture. The panaromic viewpoint offers some great views. This is exactly the kind of place I like to travel to.

  9. This is the first time I’ve heard of Siena, but thanks to your post I’m adding it to my bucket list! The architecture of the buildings in this city are insane, I can’t get over the detail of the cathedral in Piazza del Duomo. So many beautiful views to be found in Siena.

  10. We love to get inspired for destinations through photos. Going through yours makes us want to go visit Siena so much! Beautiful surroundings and architecture. What a fun time you had we want the same!

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