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“2 nights in this old walled city”
Review of Siena

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Brisbane, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
144 reviews
255 helpful votes
“2 nights in this old walled city”
Reviewed April 27, 2008

Italy trip Oct 07
We arrived by bus from Florence. It took about an hour and we alighted a few streets away from our B & B in a central Piazza. We only had 2 nights which was really an afternoon and one full day.
Siena is built on 3 steep hills so good walking shoes are a must. The roads are very narrow and cars are not permitted inside the walls unless of course, taxis, drop off and pick up etc. The buildings in Siena do show their age and this is it's beauty. Untouched by modernization. We tried the panforte cake which Siena is famous for, did some shopping, and was amazed at the size of the Piazza dell Campo. We walked to the Catedrale di Santa Maria to find it was under wraps literally. A lot of renovations going on. This shows in my photo out our B & B kitchen window to the Catedrale and crane in the distance. However, while there do climb the steps to the arches for a good view over Siena.
We were staying in one of the many districts of Siena, namely St Catherine's Grotto. We looked down the via to her home as a child where she locked herself in her bedroom for 3 years conversing with God. The original house now houses a series of chapels.
We had a short but an enjoyable stay in this interesting old Tuscan city and even got a taste of chocolates from Perugia.
Molto bello!

11 Thank Niec
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Level 5 Contributor
73 reviews
40 helpful votes
“Great old town!”
Reviewed November 13, 2007

If you really want to enjoy Siena, go there in the late afternoon and spend the evening when all the tourists have left. Grab a glass of wine in one of the spots overlooking Il Campo & watch the square turn pink as the sun goes down. There are lots of lovely shops in the maze of streets if you are inclined to shop and also a very good museum in the town hall on the Campo. It's a great town. We stayed at a parker villa residence about 20 km from Siena near Asciano and it was the highlight of our trip. Anybody who wants to rent a place anywhere in Italy, check out [--]. Very reasonable accommodations in the heart of Italian countryside with all the amenities we Americans enjoy. The Italian people are wonderful!

5 Thank travelbunny1
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Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
35 helpful votes
“Precious memories of Siena”
Reviewed April 16, 2007

I had previously visited Siena on business and for the first time was able to do the touristy thing. It didn't take me long to find the wow factor because it felt that round every corner was another brilliant surprise.

You don't need a car to get around Siena - indeed you probably can't get it to the central areas anyway - but to see the surrounding area you definitely need access to a vehicle.

Montalcino, Montereggioni, San Gimignano are all delightful and the scenery is stunning. I ran out of film!!! Add to that other fantastic off track areas in the surrounding area - just get your map out and search.

Siena itself was fantastic and not too busy but I'm sure that when it's the height of summer things will be a bit different with masses of them.

27 Thank amysam
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1 review
3 helpful votes
“Miserable taxi service-a shame for siena!”
Reviewed September 23, 2004

In Siena, you have to wait HOURS for a taxi, the service is almost inexistent and seams to be in the hands of a monopoly with no desire to improve its quality for the many tourists and business travellers they get there. A huge shame for a touristic city. I don't know whether it's the dispatching service, the number of taxis or whatever, but it is ABSOLUTELY UNNERVING. I spent 18 Euros on my cell phone trying to get one, my battery went dead and I had to walk back 3 miles to my hotel in the outskirts.

3 Thank Escape14873
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Vancouver, BC
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
23 helpful votes
“Siena-if not to see the Campo, stay to take in the lifestyle”
Reviewed June 10, 2003

It's true, the Siena sites can be seen in about 4 hours but we stayed for 4 days and would have stayed longer if we could have. After seeing the history heavy sites of Rome and Florence, and every church inbetween, we were pleased to relax in Siena. Its a great base to visit San Gimignano (a pleasant day trip). The city center is pedestrian only so the cobbled streets are quiet and fun to explore. The shopping was enjoyable-great coffee at Nanini, fabulous wines, etc. There are also yummy little restaurent finds. Try to avoid the tourist book recommended restaurants-they are tourist laden the servers are grumpy, and the food mediocre. We found a nice little Rotisserie (sp?) on Via de Montanini, cross road- Costa Incrociata. They have a nice outdoors sitting area and a good menu selection with friendly waiters -try their house appetizer plate-the best appetizers of our trip. Total cost for two incl wine, appy, 2 courses-50 euros. We would go back in a heart beat. For later we have the Brunello REserve wine to open in 15 years. This is La Dolce Vita.

3 Thank ModernFamily
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