Explore Siena

Siena has been specially chosen as a location worthy of note, due to its cultural significance.

July 8, 2016

From Florence or Rome

Siena is a beautiful area of the Tuscan countryside. In Siena, you will find exceptional views, great food, and lots of culture and local history. It is a UNESCO Heritage Site; Siena has been specially chosen as a location worthy of note, due to its cultural significance. While in Italy, you will want to travel and see it. This Tuscany treasure is perfect for a romantic weekend trip or a day trip.

How to Get There

You can reach Siena via bus, car, or train. If you are in Florence, a day trip works well. If you are leaving from Rome, it is better to stay for a night or two. Many people prefer the bus, which takes less than three hours and is a direct route. Get outside Rome and experience one-of-a-kind scenery and culture.

Things to See and Do

The Palio is a twice yearly horse race held on July 2 and August 16. On July 2, the event is called the Palio di Provenzano in honor of the Madonna of Provenzano. The August 16 event is known as the Palio dell’Assunta to honor the Assumption of Mary. First, you will watch a world-famous pageant, the Corteo Storico. Next, the race in which jockeys ride bareback dressed in the colors of their city ward. Ten jockeys represent 10 of Siena’s wards. The goal is to circle the Piazza del Campo three times. This event can be as short as 90 seconds. Jockeys thrown from horses is a familiar site due to the tight turns. Some horses finish the race unmounted!

Food and Drink

Local vendors provide excellent fresh food and drinks. You can sample local and regional wines, enjoy simple yet hearty traditional Italian fare, and find unique handcrafts to take home. Tuscany is known for its award-winning wines. Stroll the old streets, view the ancient buildings, and make memories to last a lifetime!

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