Built on three gently sloping hills, the medieval city of Siena, with its narrow streets and ancient buildings, guards over the city’s famous and prestigious artistic treasures. The impressive town hall tower, the Torre del Mangia, the Piazza del Campo where the annual Palio di Siena horse race takes place, and the majestic cathedral are all precious witnesses of a magnificent and fascinating time gone by of such cultural relevance.
Here are just some of the stunning sights and attractions that you really should not miss during your visit to Siena:
Piazza del Campo & Torre del Mangia - Piazza del Campo is the huge, shell-shaped square at the heart of the city. For the ultimate panoramic view of the city, climb the 300 steps to the top of the bell tower.
Palazzo Pubblico - for over 800 years, this was the town hall of Siena. The building houses a large number of historical treasures including frescoes by Ambrogio Lorenzetti, Simone Martini and Duccio.
Palio Horse Race - one of the most famous spectacles in Italy. The horse race is held in honour of the Virgin Mary who is said to have appeared in the region around Siena. Venue for the race is the Piazza del Campo. The race is contested by several city districts or "contradas", in a tough race against each other, three times around the square. During the Palio the streets are decorated with the respective flags of the contradas and thousands of people take to the streets.
The Cathedral - The magnificent Romanesque church symbolises the pride the citizens have in the city. You should definitely not miss the Piccolomini library, the Baptistery and the subsequent visit to the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo.
The Hotel Adler Thermae is located just 40 minutes away from Siena.