As you may know, I have a love affair with Tuscany and nestled into the countryside is the stunning city of 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.
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.
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.