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Overview

The classic beauty of Tuscany

The classic beauty of Tuscany

Most people know the “package” destinations of Italy : Venice, Florence and Rome, usually visiting in that order. It’s incredibly easy on Le Frecce, hopping from one bellissima city to another in two hours or so. And absolutely, everyone should visit these storied destinations, but with just one extra day, oh, the things you could see. Siena is one of those slightly “off-the-beaten-path” destinations you could be visiting – if only for a day. Just a short, 90-minute train ride from Florence, Siena is one of those picture-perfect medieval walled cities that you read about in guidebooks and hope to visit. Now is your chance.

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The train station in Siena is right outside the city walls, and is approximately a 15-minute walk. The walk is steep at times, so if you’re planning on staying the night and have luggage, hop into a taxi or bus right outside the station.

Siena is a classic, Tuscan town – hilly, with narrow streets to wander and get lost in. Which is why you’ll want to get a map before taking on this maze of a city. Wander away without worrying about cars as on many streets they are forbidden. With so few flat streets, get on your comfy walking shoes – it’s time to get to the main piazza that lies on a slope.

The Piazza del Campo (also known as Il Campo) is paved with brick and surrounded by cafes, restaurants and historic buildings, and is one of the most beautiful squares in Italy. It’s also home to the city’s famed Palio, a horse race held twice a year in which ten horses and riders represent ten of the 17Contrade, or city wards. Beforehand, there’s a magnificent costume parade that draws spectators from around the world.

The Palazzo Pubblico, is Siena’s Gothic town hall building next to the bell tower, the Torre del Mangia. Standing 335 feet tall, it’s the second highest bell tower in Italy. You’ll be thankful for those comfortable shoes should you want to climb the tower’s 505 steps for a magnificent view of the Tuscan hillside.

Siena is a city of intense beauty. When the sun sets on the red rooftops, a warm glow shines down on the cobbled streets. At night, after the day-trippers go home, you’ll have the place to yourself (ok, to share with the locals) and discover the magic under the Tuscan moonlight.

There are plenty more sights to see here. But this is where you come to relax and live la dolce vita, before heading back to the cities where you frenetically try and see every artistic masterpiece.

Siena station(s)

Trains are convenient way to reach any town and city in Europe. All main towns have a railway station, while major cities have more than two railway stations. Nearly all railway stations are located in the city centre. Check our map to locate railway station(s) in Siena.

Siena city guide

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Station - luggage lockers I would like travel to a city for a short visit, then travel to another city on the same day. Are there secure lockers to store luggage at the station while you see the city?

Michael McPhearson | 12 July 2023 complete | 51 Comments
Traveling by train from rome > florence > siena I am arriving in Rome to go to a wedding in Siena this summer. I heard that taking the high speed train from Rome to Florence then another train from Florence to Siena is the best way to get there. How do I make sure I book a high speed train (...)

Tony | 18 February 2003 complete | 5 Comments
Can we pay for tickets at the train station with credit card? Paying for train tickets? We will be travelling the train from Siena to Venice, then to Florence, and finally back to Rome. Should we purchase each ticket before the first travel and also can these be purchased using a credit card or must we (...)

Lynne Harris | 13 August 2018 complete | 3 Comments
Train travel with large suitcases on trains from rome to florence and siena to rome?? We will be traveling from Rome to Florence by train and then from Siena to Rome by train. This will be at the beginning and end of our trip so we will have all our luggage. Is it extremely difficult to travel by train with larger (...)

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No seat seat numbers on our tickets from pisa to empoli, empoli to siena, and siena to florence hello, we have purchased 4 train ticket from pisa to Empoli and from empoli to siena then from siena to Florence these tickets do not have seat number. do we need to make a reservation? how do we get our seat number to guarantee our space on (...)

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