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Day Trip to Siena

The perfect day trip from Florence with a mix of culture, art and wine.
Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 0.7 miles
Duration: Half day

Overview :  Siena is one of Tuscany's true gems. A beautifully preserved medieval city that has always held on proudly to its traditions, the city... more »

Tips:  To reach Siena from Florence by public transport, your best bet is to take the local SITA bus (just over an hour's drive) rather than ... more »

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Points of Interest

1. The world's oldest bank, Monte dei Paschi di Siena

Arriving in Siena by bus, take a short walk to Via Banchi di Sopra, a street that immediately gives reference to the reason this city has always been so wealthy: banks.

The first point of reference is the little Piazza Salimbeni where the elegant headquarters of the world's oldest bank, Monte dei Paschi di Siena, are still located. The bank has... More

Make an obligatory stop for a coffee and one of the excellent pastries at Cafe Nannini - a great way to start your visit of Siena.

Pay first at the cash register, then take your receipt to the counter to order.

There are some local pastries, cookies and cakes to make note of when you are in Siena. They are essentially medieval recipes and will... More

Quite possibly the most beautiful piazza in the world, Piazza del Campo is Siena's heart and soul. It is the site of the city's famous Palio horserace, a 600 year old tradition that sees the piazza turned into a race track for dangerously bareback jockeys. Summer is the high point for the Palio, when the races are held every 2nd of July and 16th... More

This beautiful cathedral is one of Tuscany's most striking monuments. The current structure dates back to 1215 and it is characterized by its black and white striped marble exterior AND interior, symbolic of the colors of the city of Siena: black and white.

It is an unusual cathedral in that it's main attraction is actually its floor (but don't... More

After being dazzled by the beauty of Siena's Duomo, you may need to sit down and rest your legs with a wine tasting or two. After all, Siena is at the heart of some of Tuscany's most important wine regions, from Chianti to Montalcino to Montepulciano.

If you want to delve deeper into the culture of vino, choose from the crash class, the Tuscan... More