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Reviewed October 28, 2017

This is a magnificent city; well worth a visit. But, please stay a few days. See the city in the early morning or evening, before or after the day-trippers with massive tour groups have gone. Get coffee overlooking il Campo when it is empty and the early sun is changing the colors of the buildings (remember the Crayola called Burnt Siena).

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed October 26, 2017

Siena is likely Italy's loveliest medieval city, Compared to Florence, Siena looks much cleaner, and streets seemed to be designed with in greater detail. It's actually very pleasurable to get lost for a minute and walk around to find either a nice cafe or restaurant.
Fascinating is the word that describes it best. The old city gives a total sense of culture and time; and Siena keeps its old town impeccable. Getting lost in those beautiful streets is the best way to visit such a wonderful city. The architecture of this old town is mind blowing. Worth a visit. There are lots of restaurants and attractions.
Siena's heart is its central piazza known as Il Campo, known worldwide for the famous Palio run here, a horse race run around the piazza two times every summer. Movie audiences worldwide can see Siena and the Palio in the James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace.
People might come to Siena after visiting other towns and will be struck by the grandeur and beauty.
Siena is considered to be Tuscany's second city. Picturesque Siena is a marvel itself, beautiful cathedral and churches, campanile that gives you a fantastic view of the city and countryside.
On top of all, there are other wonderfully interesting sights.

You will get lost even with a good map, but that's the point. A labyrinth of narrow streets turn round and there is a beauty to see. It is a place where you feel the time has stopped. If it would not be for a few cars, you would feel you are in the medieval period.
The Piazza del Campo is a pretty plaza that houses many quaint shoppers, eateries, gelatories and bars to enjoy. One of the many highlights was the market day. I have never seen a market day so absolutely full of vendors as this. It is a great experience.

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed October 24, 2017 via mobile

You need good walking shoes and good leg muscles to enjoy this city. As this is a very hilly place, you need to pace yourself and not get too exhausted and give up halfway. Park at San Caterina, take the escalators right up to the Cathedral area. Then explore the Cathedral, the rest of the city by walking down the narrow alleys, enjoying the museums, shops, gelatos, restaurants and cafe bars. At every street, the buildings/special places are telling you their stories. The buildings on either side of each street tend to block out the sun, and often it could be rather chilly especially when the wind blows. On Thursdays, there is a large street market. You have plenty of restaurants to choose from, some strategically positioned at the Piazza Del Duomo, others that will seat you alfresco charmingly along the slopes of the quaint narrow streets. Some of the restaurants are passionate about the Palios held annually, and photos of the event/horse riders/contradas are hung up in their walls. Siena becomes more endearing the more often you visit.

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed October 23, 2017 via mobile

Siena is amazing, it really is. If there is a more beautiful historic centre then I've not seen it.
Okay so it doesn't have the wow factor of Pisa and is way smaller than nearby Florence but it has a lovely old world charm and drips with character.
The narrow alleys are beautiful and atmospheric and make for a lovely place to wander. Some lovely little cafes and restaurants around too.
The cathedral and the magnificent Campo are the jewel in its crown but I loved the way the tight medieval streets wind around following the curve of the Campo.
It is amazing to be here for Palio when these streets are awash with colour as the competing families march with their banners through the historic centre. But it's also nice to be here on a regular day when things are bit less chaotic.
Anyway, a stunning place to visit no matter when you go. Give it the full day it deserves is my advice.

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed October 7, 2017

We visited in mid September and tourist season was still going strong. So the streets really were packed during the day but much quieter in the evenings. We had a guided tour during the day and went back to visit the duomo, one of the best I've seen. The historic city is just as it should be with winding narrow streets that are meant to confuse you as you invade this gem from time gone by. In the evening we noticed a quieter town center with locals young and old enjoying some cooler evening hours.

Date of experience: September 2017
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