Siena is a city that truly transports you back in time. As soon as you step into town, you’re greeted with the charming sight of narrow brick walls and cobblestone streets that seem to wind their way around every corner.
Siena, a beautiful medieval city in Tuscany, Italy, has a rich and exciting history dating back to the Roman Empire. It was founded by the Etruscans, an ancient civilization known for their sophisticated culture and advanced technology. During the Middle Ages, Siena became a powerful city-state, known for its art, architecture, and banking industry. The city’s famous Piazza del Campo, a UNESCO World Heritage site, was the center of political and social life, and the site of the famous Palio horse race, which is still held twice a year to this day. In the 14th century, Siena was at the height of its power, but a series of wars and plagues brought a decline in its fortunes. Nevertheless, the city’s impressive medieval architecture and art have been beautifully preserved, making it a popular tourist destination and a treasure trove of history for visitors to explore.
The heart of the city is the main square, Piazza del Campo, which is the perfect place to people-watch and soak up the sun while enjoying a delicious meal or drink.
Piazza Del Campo (town square)
One of my favorite experiences in Siena was stumbling upon a mini parade with a group of young boys playing drums. The energy and passion they brought to the streets added to the lively atmosphere of the city.
As we made our way through the narrow alleys, we came across the stunning Siena Cathedral. Built in the 14th century, the cathedral boasts a striking black and white striped exterior, and a pyramid-shaped roof in the Romanesque style. Inside, the cathedral is truly breathtaking and it’s easy to see why it’s considered one of the most beautiful churches in Italy.
If you plan on visiting the Duomo or any of the other museums in Siena, be sure to stop by the ticket center. It’s located near the Duomo and is easy to spot due to the line of people waiting outside. Tickets can be purchased individually or in a bundle, with prices ranging from 5-20 euros. I can’t wait to continue exploring this beautiful city and all it has to offer.
Experience the charm of history and culture in Siena, the captivating Tuscan city where every corner holds a new adventure. From the lively main square to the stunning cathedral, Siena is a must-see destination for a memorable vacation. Don’t miss out!
Stay tuned for part 2 of my journey in Siena.
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