Siena is a beautifully preserved medieval town in the province of Tuscany, Italy. Situated on top of a hill, typical of a town built in medieval times, Siena’s old town is one of the best that you will see. Walk through narrow cobblestone streets surrounded by centuries old medieval buildings. Here are 8 things to do in Siena.
Siena Cathedral (Duomo di Siena)
This 13th century cathedral is architecturally and artistically magnificent. The interior contains artwork by famous artists such as Michelangelo, Bernini and Donatello. Perhaps the most beautiful room in the cathedral is the Piccolomini Library which contains some magnificent frescoes and some very old choir books.
Panorama del Facciatone
The Facciatone is actually the facade of an incomplete cathedral extension that was commissioned in the 14th century to be later abandoned. The terrace is reached by climbing a steep spiral staircase located in the Museo della’Opera. The climb might be a little scary but the terrace provides amazing 360 degree views of Siena.
Piazza del Campo
Piazza del Campo is the heart of old town Siena, the main public square and one of the greatest piazzas in Europe. Dominating this main square is the Torre del Mangia, a 100m high clock tower next to the late 13th century Palazzo Pubblico, Siena’s town hall.
St John’s Baptistery
Unlike other main cathedrals in Tuscany, Siena’s Baptistery was not built as a separate building, and actually makes up the back part of the cathedral. Built in similar style to the cathedral, the baptistery contains some beautiful art and architecture.
A museum containing beautiful Sienese paintings from the medieval times.
Located near the cathedral, The Museo della’Opera is the Duomo’s Museum, containing many important treasures that have been removed from the cathedral over the centuries.
A 16th century fortress that is now public space and park lands, perfect for a walk and a picnic.
San Bernardino Oratory
A historical building, the oratory was where Saint Bernardino used to preach. Today it is a museum containing some interesting pieces.
You could really spend days wondering around Siena, but these 8 things are great start to your exploration of this magnificent town.