Travel Blogs from Siena
... museum, and panoramic tower walk. The queues were just starting to form because we were so early. We then explored and had a coffee in a little side street coffee shop. Whole Richard stayed to pay Sue had a little look in the shops near by and bought a Christmas decoration to remember Tuscany with. When she came out Richard had tried to go in and pay and was told to wait outside, he then caught the attention of the waiter twice and was ignored - our tour was about to start and we ...
... in the U.S. New York City was the first thing that they all said. Then we got to talking about school, and it is getting very stressful over there too. They were very disgruntled parents, said England fines parents 1,000 pounds now for truancy, and Denmark is going to start it too. I wondered how they would enforce it. The smoking in this part of the world is really starting to get to me. They smoke ...
... little shaken by this (not just the milk, but the man's harsh attitude) but we continued on to see the Duomo. I was surprised that this one was striped as well. Apparently they had the same building material to work with as Orvieto. This one had less of the dark stone, however, and I think it looked more dignified. :) I took a bazillion photos from different angles and on different settings. It was a good lookin' church!
On our way ...
... with us (all 25 of them!) in order to find a post office; which we did - Unfortunately, where the stamp counter was there was nobody serving, and inside the main body of the post office was bedlam (like home really). They seemed to have cranked up the heater to about 30 degrees, and in a way I think it might have been a ploy to make people leave. It worked on us. We might have to hand our postcards out when we get home at this rate - we still have some we haven’t ...
We hiked the town from end to end today. We searched for hidden gems of which we found at least one. There was a botanical garden attached to one of the universities. Although the nomenclature was a bit odd and out of date, the garden was quite novel. Many of the exotic trees, including some from Australia, were growing in pots. It was interesting to see their success and the size the trees attained.
The porcini mushroom pasta at lunch time was ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Minerva Siena
Ok, but lacking in charm
This place was just ok. Initially, we were disappointed to find that it's not right in the middle of Sienna. The walk into the centre, though, is hardly worth mentioning. It's 5 - 10 minutes, depending on your clip, and picturesque. Rooms are clean and large, though lacking in charm. The price is reasonable. The view out the windows is nice.
Service at front desk is not exactly friendly, nor is it rude. Great parking if you have a car. Overall, it was ok, but wouldn't stay again.
You can do better for the price. I'd rather sacrifice modern convenience, i.e. elevator, for a bit more charm.
Good location, nice enough hotel
The hotel is about a 10 minutes walk to the main square of Siena. It is an up-hill walk, but not at all strenuous. We had a room with a balcony that overlooked the town - nice view. We sat in the sun and had a little picnic and drank some wine. The room was average size and the bath was adequate - good shower pressure. They have a free computer with internet access in the lobby. Parking was about 9 Euro extra, and the inside garage was right next door - very convenient. Not a luxurius place but definitely comfortable.
Not a first choice
This was the worst hotel experience we had during a 5 city Italian vacation. The air-conditioned room we had reserved was not available when we arrived, and the room we were given instead was pretty shoddy. The hotel staff was not at all accomodating or pleasant to deal with. They even tried charging us the air-conditioned rate when we checked out!The only positive thing I can say about this hotel is that it was very convenient from the train station.
Great hotel, but a bit hard to get to
This is a nice hotel with an excellent breakfast. But be aware that it is a difficult uphill walk from the train station. We arrived via bus, which is a much easier walk, and left via train, but if we had done the reverse it would have been very difficult. Also, it is a 10 minute + walk from the old part of the city.