Travel Blogs from Siena
Italy is known for many things but probably the most iconic of all images is that of a Ferrari whizzing through the Italian countryside. It was becoming painfully obvious that I should get to the Ferrari factory in Modena. I had not planned this but I guess this is what travel is about - wandering to places that take your fancy. My plan was to get …
... along. Of course, we added more oil as we went along.
At this time we started cooking the spaghetti. We did not use a timer, but instead my culinary companion told me that he knew a better way to make perfect al dente pasta.
Emmanuel tip #2:
Always make the pasta al dente, or just a little bit hard when you bite it. Using your teeth to break apart the starch of the pasta allows you to really taste whatever sauce ...
... up. We'd typically ride through small towns and villages, vineyards and farm country, and sometimes through forests or along riverside pathways before the inevitable climb up to the gates of that night’s hill town. We developed a routine of stopping for “un café” in the morning; a village or town of almost any size will inevitable have at least one place that serves delicious (of course) espresso and cappuccino for a euro. But no ...
... Snail), Smiths (Crested Porcupine).
The Goose has been the most successful contrada winning 63 races.
From the Piazza del Campo we wandered up a couple of streets towards the Duomo of Siena, Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta. The inlayed marbles and carved columns made it very different from St Mark’s in Venice, and very impressive. We purchased all inclusive passes for €8 which gave ...
Our day started with a visit early to the Duomo to beat the crowds. It is amazing how much time, energy, money and resources were used to create all of the churches we have seen. The striped columns and outside were very impressive in this church. Next we were off to Montereggioni and San Gimignano for a ride. The countryside was very undulating and varied from vineyards full of grapes to olive groves to forests. Every prominent hilltop seems to have a town or castle. In San Gimignano ...
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Location great; Hotel below average
Jolly Hotel Siena was below average. Stayed in an unrenovated room June 2004 which was hot, noisy and tired - poor value. No internet access available at hotel. Some staff speak English well and some don't. Location is perfect though just a short walk from Piazza del Campo.
It was okay
We stayed at this hotel in late May 2004 and were generally pleased. Our room was spacious and had recently been renovated. The room decor was very modern - while I prefer a more "old European" ambiance, it was difficult to complain because it was so comfortable. We arrived without reservations at around 9:30 p.m. and it was apparent that the dining room was closing up but they were, nonetheless, extremely gracious in agreeing to serve us dinner.
During our stay the hotel was undergoing extensive room renovations and very noisy construction started early in the morning.
Overall, it was a good stay - very convenient to the old town center. I would not have a problem with staying there again but there are undoubtedly more interesting hotels in Siena.
This is more of a response to the widely varied opinions expressed by other reviewers. I have stayed with my students groups at the Jolly in Siena three times and will again this summer. It's location is excellent --a block from the old city. The rooms are entirely adequate, as is the buffet breakfast, the service, the cleanliness, all we ask in a tour hotel. I wonder if the negative reviews are from people who expect 5-star accomodations at a 3-star price. I have 20 years of experience with students tours all over Europe. The Jolly in Siena ranks well above the run-of-the-mill; we request the Jolly year after year.
Good location in medieval Siena
I am a tour operator and have stayed at the Hotel Jolly Siena with groups many times. The location is excellent (if you don't have a car and don't have to worry about parking.) Walk across the street, through an alley, and you are in the 1300s. The rooms are smallish, as you would expect in a medieval city where space is at a premium, but clean and neat. The showers have plenty of hot water and good water pressure.
The public areas and dining rooms are large. The food is good and reasonably priced. The breakfast buffet is ample. The staff is professional.
We rated this the worst hotel in our two week stay in Italy. The bed was about eight inches from the not very clean floor. But the major problem was the shower that flooded the entire bathroom and took hours to drain. I felt worse after I showered than before. When we checked out we asked if they could call us a taxi but we were told to call ourselves because taxis are Sienas nightmare. We definitely would not recommend or stay here again.
Nice, small hotel. Very well located. Clean and friendly atmosphere.
View of Stadium
We stayed at Jolly in April and the hotel is located adjacent to the stadium, so you could sit on your balcony and watch the game; it was within walking distance of the city centre; the rooms were small but very clean and new; the hotel bar was cheerful and the internet access was not crowded. Overall, we had a very good experience at the Jolly in Sienna.
The Crappy Hotel
One of the worst hotels I have been in!