Travel Blogs from Siena
... and dry. Job done! Then to a tour office as we only have 3 days here before off to the Amalfi Coast. Booked the hop on hop off for tomorrow and the Vatican and colosseum on Monday...can't go to the Vatican on a Sunday as it is closed! Will probably hit the Trevi Fountain tonight and gift a few Euro's to help pay the Italian debt. No photo's yet, so will update some tomorrow, which will include some of Tuscany. ...
So, my first rainy day...big storms during the noon hour so I holed up in a restaurant and ate a pizza..glad to have missed the storms. The rain lessened to a small spattering, so off I went. I went to the Piazza Duomo, bought a ticket for the museo dell'Opera ...
... take long to realise it was worth every penny! As we had missed our first night in Bologna we didn't have to much time to waste so we headed straight to our destination for the next two nights.
Siena was just magical from the moment we arrived til the moment we left. The hotel we were staying at was based at the city walls so from our balcony we had views of the Tuscan hillsides. You could not imagine ...
... accent asked for a zucca. Our host who had virtually no English looked puzzled so Wendy reemphasized zucha...zucho....zuchi... but our host continued to looked puzzled so I said juice with an italian accent and he understood. He advised that we want succo and that zucha is a long green vegetable aka zuchini! Merriment over he carried on cutting our bread slicing the proscuitto and cheese etc and we enjoyed a very relaxed ...
... crosses. They had a rose sculpture by Bernini done for the Chigi family that was all gold and the largest rose had a sapphire in the center. There were also glass-decorated cases with jawbones and skulls and other different bones of Chigi family members. It was disgusting. We wanted to walk up to the top of the tower at the museum to see a view of Siena and as soon as we started walking up the tiny (TINY) spiral staircase, a whole school ...
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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.