Siena Travel Guide
When we started planning our trip to Italy, we decided to split our time evenly between Rome and Florence. When we messed up on the check out date for Rome, however, we had to change our plans. With one night sans apartment, we talked about whether to find another place in Rome or to do a one-night stay somewhere between Rome and Florence. We decided on the historic hill town of Siena and it ended up being the best mishap of all…
My fiance had visited once when he lived in Florence in college, but I’d never been. Although a tourist town, it is much calmer and more relaxed than Rome and Florence. And since most of the visitors take day trips instead of spending the night, the evenings are very relaxing. And to top it off, we stayed at a great B&B that I can’t recommend enough! You can see the delicious array of homemade goodies for breakfast and the cute front path below.
When you visit, I hope you’ll spend one night in Siena – it’s wonderful! We stayed at the La Coperta Ricamata, enjoyed dinner at Trattoria 46, and continued to drink our weight in cappuccinos – no surprise there! Here’s my for One night in Siena Travel Guide.
Two Weeks in Italy: Roaming Rome, Foray in Florence, and Serene in Siena
Above is a cute and tasty cafe called Fiaschetteria Il Pulcino. Just remember they don’t do cappuccino portate via (to go)!
The Piazza del Campo is the most famous scene of Siena. A large church tower. I heard long before our trip that the trek up all the stairs wasn’t worth the effort. And when we had to pay to do the climb, we were quickly over it too. The huge piazza, however, is so fun to hang out in. The buildings, all the people lounging on the ground, and all the restaurants. We didn’t eat in the piazza, but it looked very fun – if only for the view!
This was the adorable path up to our B&B. I felt kind of chic in my all white outfit with my scarf and leather jacket, which was good because the women from Siena dress so beautifully. The shopping is pretty good. Nothing super chic or huge, but lots of boutiques and well-known brands as well. Each woman we saw, had some pizzaz she’d added to her outfit to make it her own or just had a knack for putting clothes together. It was so fun!
Food in Siena
This was the breakfast spread offered by Luciana, the B&B host. Homemade croissants, rolls, torta della nonna (the slice in the back), cornflake cookies, cereal, yogurt, juice, and coffee! Oh – and mini nutella packages. It was so tasty – definite carb overload and definitely worth it!
One of the places my fiance remembered from his visit was Nannini – a bakery and cafe. With tons of morsels to chooses from and a cute bar to enjoy your goodies, this is another great place for drinks, snacks, and fun foods to bring home!
Remember our search for great alley photos to print on canvas?? Here’s one from Siena! See the ones from Rome here!
The beautiful Siena Cathedral. My fiance, the architect, took me on mini guided tours in Siena and Florence. He is a fan of the Medieval architecture of Tuscany and fascinated me with all the mechanics of architecture, as well as the inspirations for colors and models. This stunning church was just a foreshadowing of what would come in Florence!
Trying to keep up with the beautiful style of the women of Siena, I kept my leather jacket on and tried to be creative with my layers. I wore my hair wavy for a good portion of the trip. One day was my braided bun, and the next were these waves – I’m all about easy hairdos on vacation!
One of the great things about Siena, because it’s a hill town, is that down almost every alleyway was a beautiful view of Siena rooftops or Tuscany hills. Beauty really was everywhere!