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Travel Blogs from Siena
I was down because I didn't plan the Amalfi Coast trip soon enough so it was booked when I went to buy it. But I wasn't going to waste a weekend with nice weather! So Steph, Michaela, and I decided that we would figure out the bus system and travel to Siena for the weekend. We booked a hostel the night before we left. The next morning we woke up early to get to the bus station and get a seat for the earliest bus we could. Only 7 euros to get to Siena! With pretty much no ...
... the right. That was the 1st and only sign that this place even existed so I figured this town was nothing too special and maybe it was a farm stay. There are a lot of these through the area and it really didn’t look a particularly outstanding area to say the least. But hey…. That’s ok.
However, how wrong one can be because as we rounded the bend, there perched high on a hill was the most beautiful ...
... of the tower.
On our walk back from the Dumo we noticed the dozens of large colorful flags hanging along the backstreets. Each flag represented a different Contrade (or city neighborhood that originally formed a battalion for the city's defense) that corresponds to a specific horse in the famous Palio horse races.
For cannolis and a cappucinno we stopped at Nannini's, the best bakery in ...
... escalators. Crazy!!!! Apparently it was only finished in 2011! I couldn't imagine doing what we did via stairs. The steepness of the hill is quite intense!
We FINALLY reached the top! Just to the left as you come out there is a lovely little view over Siena. As we had our luggage we just wanted to get to the accommodation first. It was only a few minutes walk before we were there. We called the owner and we made our way in.
We went into the 'lobby' ...
... had bought the ticket which also took us into the Crypt which was only discovered during excavations in 2003. There are portions of frescoes which has never been seen before in a huge area below the cathedral. It went down a long way and looked as though the present day Cathedral had been built on top of an old romanesque church. We then did the Baptistry which has beautiful bronze panels by Ghiberti and Donatello. Lunch came next in ...
Other places to stay in Siena
Via Antonio Lombardi 41, Siena | 4 star hotelfrom $96
Via Custoza 2, Siena | 4 star hotelfrom $88
- A fine hotel
- Wonderful staff
- Loved it
Piazza la Lizza, Siena | 3 star hotelfrom $134
- Location great; Hotel below average
- It was okay
- Best location
P Mascagni 55, Siena | 4 star hotelfrom $99
- Clean, basic hotel
Via Nazareno Orlandi 32, Siena | 4 star hotelfrom $100
Viale Camillo Benso Conte di Cavour 67, Siena | 3 star hotelfrom $77
Via Montalbuccio, Siena | 4 star hotelfrom $66
Via Baldassarre Peruzzi 33, Siena | 2 star hotelfrom $101
Via Garibaldi 72, Siena | 3 star hotelfrom $78
- Ok, but lacking in charm
- Good location, nice enough hotel
- Not a first choice
Strada Di Vico Alto 2, Siena | 3 star hotelfrom $87
Viale Curtatone, 15, Siena | 3 star hotelfrom $74
- A Delightful Retreat
- Right and clean hotel.
- Chiusarelli isn't bad, but the price is too high.
Via Banchi Di Sopra 85, Siena | 5 star hotelfrom $366
- 5 Star hotel - Excelent location & Beautiful ammenities
- Wonderful experience!
- Only 5 star in the walled city
Pian dei Mantellini 34, Siena | 3 star hotelfrom $145
- Loved Palazzo Ravizza
- Absolutely wonderful introduction to Sienna
- Pretty disappointing!
Via E.S. Piccolomini 35, Siena | 3 star hotelfrom $95
Via Delle Regioni 26, Siena | 3 star hotelfrom $93
Via Montanini 28, Siena | 2 star hotelfrom $83
- Just okay...
- Too much money for poor quality
- Nightmare in Tuscany
Via Massetana 70, Siena | 3 star hotelfrom $105
Via Enea Silvio Piccolomini 7, Siena | 3 star hotelfrom $102
- A perfect 40th Wedding Anniverary celebration.
- Loved the Villa Santa Caterina
- Good choice
Via Stalloreggi 38, Siena | 3 star hotelfrom $102
Via Fiorentina 32/40, Siena | 3 star hotelfrom $110
- Super Value!
- Nice hotel
- Will certainly return !!
Strada di Pescaia 73 / 75, Siena | 3 star hotelfrom $89
Via B Peruzzi 19, Siena | 3 star hotelfrom $102
Via della Diana, 4, Siena | 3 star hotelfrom $94
- Me encantó todo
- Loved it all
- Nice hotel with a couple of drawbacks
Strada di Certosa 82, Siena | 4 star hotelfrom $390