YOUR HOLIDAY IN SIENA

There are plenty of choices in Siena: arm yourself with a good camera, you will never get short of glimpses to catch. Thanks to a dense but relatively small historic center, the city is easy to explore on foot, provided to accept a few steep roads imposed by the three hills on which the city lies. The most natural route starts from the entry-way for those coming from Florence, Porta Camollia, sporting the Latin inscription “Cor Magis Tibi Sena Pandit”, Siena will open a heart bigger (than the door you’re going through). Following the north-south axis that overlaps the ancient path of “Via Francigena”, the pilgrimage route that contributed to the city’s fortunes during the Middle Ages, you will walk across streets filled with typical restaurants and picturesque corners before reaching Piazza Salimbeni, the historic headquarters of Monte dei Paschi di Siena. As you approach the heart of the city, Piazza del Campo will suddenly appear, almost as a sort of funnel where streets and alleys converge inexorably. At any time of the year, this square will wrap you in a warm embrace. Stop, sit down on bricks, enjoy the view and open your heart: nobody can possibly feel lonely in this place. A stop at the Civic Museum is almost compulsory, to admire the frescoes of Good Government by Simone Martini. Unless you intend to let its 332 steps put you off, climbing to the top of the Mangia Tower is a rewarding experience. From up there, it is possible to admire the entire city and the surrounding countryside. Going up Via di Città you will soon reach Piazza del Duomo. Besides the majestic Cathedral, the square also hosts the Opera Museum with its extraordinary treasures, most notably the famous altarpiece by Duccio Di Buoninsegna, and the Santa Maria della Scala Museum. Here you should definitely visit the beautiful hall of Pellegrinaio, whose frescoes will give you an even clearer picture of a city that has always been committed to reception and hospitality.