What to see in Siena in 3 days

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A true Tuscan jewel nestled in the hills that stands out for its medieval brick-built buildings, the palaces with the towers and the historic districts that extend around the magnificent Piazza del Campo.
In Siena, time seems to have stopped at the thirteenth century the period in which the city experienced an important artistic and architectural period. Ready to take a dip in this fantastic city? Then let's find out what to see in Siena in 3 days.



Index

  1. 1 day
  2. 2 day
  3. 3 day
  4. How much does a weekend in Siena cost
  5. User questions and comments

1 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Piazza del Campo, Palazzo Pubblico, Civic Museum, Torre del Mangia, Fonte Gaia

Start your first day in Siena with a good coffee and a croissant at the Caffetteria Torrefazione Fiorella (€ 3,00) and then reach the nearby Piazza del Campo home of the famous Palio.
After marveling at so much magnificence, visit the Palazzo Pubblico which houses the Civic Museum with the beautiful frescoes by Lorenzetti (from 10:00 to 18:00 from November 15st to March 10th; for the rest of the year, the opening hours are 00:19 - 00:9,00; full admission € 8,00 without reservation; € 11 with reservation; reduced for children aged 19 to 658,00 and over € 7,50 without reservation, € with reservation).

Next to the building is the Torre del Mangia that we suggest you visit to admire the city from above (10:00 - 16:00 from October 16 to February 28; 10:00 - 19:00 for the rest of the year; full admission € 10,00; cumulative ticket with the Civic Museum and Santa Maria della Scala € 13,00. No need to book). Finally finish the visit of this one magnificent Piazza by taking a photo of the Fonte Gaia, the copy of the original made by Jacopo della Quercia.



2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Facciatone, Baptistery, Cathedral, Santa Maria della Scala museum complex

Before continuing your tour to Siena, stop for lunch at Prètto Prosciutteria, a place between Corso Banchi di Sopra and Piazza del Campo, where you can savor a platter of cold cuts and cheeses while sipping a glass of wine (from € 15,00).
When you have rested sufficiently, you can reach, in 10 minutes on foot Facciatone, the Baptistery and the Duomo, an artistic masterpiece both externally and internally. Pay a visit inside to admire the floors, the Piccolomini Library, the Chapel and the Pulpit (approximately open at 10:30 - 18:00, from € 8,00 to € 15,00 depending on the period).

Once out, go to the neighbor Santa Maria della Scala Museum Complex one of the most important in the city where you can admire several works ranging from archeology to contemporary art (approximately open from 10:00 - 19:00, € 9,00).

3 - Evening: Dinner and Jezz Club

For your evening we suggest you dine at the Osteria Il Rialto, a place that offers Tuscan dishes in an informal but refined setting.
And if you want to continue the evening, reach the nearby Jazz Club Un Tubo (Get directions), where you can listen to good music and sip a glass of wine.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,9 km / 26 min
  • Places visited: Piazza del Campo, Palazzo Pubblico, Civic Museum (full € 9,00 - reduced € 8,00), Torre del Mangia (€ 10,00), Fonte Gaia, Duomo (from € 8,00), Santa Maria museum complex della Scala (€ 9,00)
  • Siena Cathedral Complex: Fast Track Ticket Siena: Walking Tour with the Duomo and Piazza del Campo Florence Cathedral Complex: Entrance and Audio Guide
  • Breakfast at Caffetteria Torrefazione Fiorella (Get directions), lunch at Prètto prosciutteria (Get directions), dinner at Osteria il Rialto (Get directions)

2 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Basilica of San Francesco, Piazza dell'Abbadia, Palazzo Tolomei, Piazza Indipendenza, Teatro dei Rozzi

Start the second day in Siena with a continental Gusti breakfast (€ 3,00) and head to the nearby Basilica of San Francesco, one of the most important churches in the city (opening hours every day: 7:30 - 12:00; 15: 30 -19: 00). From here, going down towards Via dei Rossi, go and visit Piazza dell'Abbadia, with the homonymous church which hosted the first headquarters of the Vallombrosans.
Then pass by the Church of San Cristoforo and Palazzo Tolomei an ancient building in Siena along one of the main streets of the city.
End the morning in Independence Square where there is also the Teatro dei Rozzi, born in the 500th century thanks to the inventiveness of the Rozzi coven and today still very active.



2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Pinacoteca, Medici Fortress, Italian Enoteca

Stop to taste traditional Sienese dishes at the Osteria Cice (price € 25,00 approximately) and then go to visit the National Art Gallery. Here you can admire all the masterpieces of the art of Siena from the origins to the sixteenth century (hours Mon 09:00 - 13:00; Tue-Sat 08:15 - 19:15; Sun and holidays 09:00 - 13:00. Admission € 4,00). After a visit of around 1 hours, head to the other side of the city (around 30 minutes on foot) to discover the city Medici Fortress and the world of enology at "L'enoteca Italiana".
Here, you can first follow the path on the walls and then, inside a bastion, admire the permanent "parladivino" exhibition followed by the tasting of the best labels at the Wine bar (free admission).

3 - Evening: Dinner and pub

To end the day, go back to the center and have dinner at the Il Biondo Restaurant, a place where you can enjoy both meat and fish dishes (main courses € 22,00). If you feel like you can then continue the evening at Cacio e Pere (Get directions) a pub where you can listen to music while sipping a cocktail.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 4,6 km / 1 h
  • Places visited: Basilica of San Francesco, Piazza dell'Abbadia, Palazzo Tolomei, Piazza Indipendenza, Teatro dei Rozzi, Pinacoteca (€ 4,00), Medici Fortress (free), Italian wine shop
  • Historic Siena: Guided Walking Tour
  • Breakfast at Gusti Continentali (Get directions), Lunch at Osteria Cice (Get directions), dinner at Il Biondo Restaurant (Get directions)

3 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Monteriggioni, San Gimignano

Before dedicating the last day to visiting the surroundings of Siena, have a good breakfast at the Antico Bar La Lizza with the excellent pistachio croissant (€ 1,50). Then leave in the direction of Monteriggioni which is about 25 Km away; by car, follow the Strada Statale 674 / Tangenziale Ovest of Siena and the Florence - Siena motorway junction (travel time about 20 minutes). Alternatively, the 130 bus that leaves from Siena - Via Tozzi, Porta San Giovanni will take you to Monteriggioni in 30 minutes (€ 8,00 round trip). Once you arrive, an hour and a half will be enough to visit this small Tuscan town. Enter from Porta Firenze or Porta Franca which lead to Piazza Roma, the center of the town, visit the Church of Santa Maria Assunta and don't miss the walkways on the castle walls and the Armor Museum (open approximately at 10: 00-13: 30/14: 00-18: 00, closed on Tuesdays, € 3,00).
Then leave and reach San Gimignano always by bus 130 (Colonna di Monteriggioni-Piazzale Montemaggio San Gimignano 57 minutes) or by car via the Florence-Siena motorway junction and Via S.Gimignano / SP1 (32 km in about 35 minutes) .



2 - Afternoon: San Gimignano

As soon as you arrive in San Gimignano, go for lunch at the Sosta sulla Francigena (lunch from € 18,00) a place near the main gate of the town with a breathtaking view of the Tuscan hills. After having refreshed you pass through the Porta San Giovanni, you will see the remains of the Church of San Francesco, pass under the Arco dei Becci and reach Piazza della Cisterna where once the market took place.
Around the cistern you will see the numerous towers and some buildings that belonged to noble families such as Palazzo Razzi and Palazzo Tortoli.

Reach Piazza Duomo and visit the interior of the church called Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Assunta where numerous artistic masterpieces are preserved (opening hours 10: 00-19: 30, Saturday 10: 00-17: 30, Sunday 12: 30-19: 30, € 4,00).

If you want to have a panoramic view of San Gimignano and Val D'Elsa from a suggestive and silent place, we suggest you go to the Rock of Montestaffoli 3 minutes walk from the Duomo. Before coming out of Porta San Giovanni and returning to Siena you can stop at Torture Museum, unique of its kind, which is spread over three floors and exhibits the most common methods of torture, detailed photos and macabre objects (opening hours 10: 00-18: 30, € 12,00). At this point, get back to the city by car or bus and in less than 1 hour.

3 - Evening: Dinner and pub

Finish your 3 days in Siena with a good dinner at the Osteria Le Logge, a cozy historic venue with contemporary cuisine (main courses € 15,00).
Finally, if you want to stay around for a while, go to Al Cambio (Get directions), a place where you can sip something while listening to live music.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 69,3 km / 14 h 44 min
  • Places visited: Monteriggioni and San Gimignano
  • Tour of Siena, San Gimignano, Monteriggioni: Chianti food and wine and San Gimignano: 5 hours tour from Siena
  • Breakfast at Antico Bar La Lizza (Get directions), lunch Sosta sulla Francigena (Get directions), dinner at Osteria Le Logge (Get directions)

How much does a weekend in Siena cost

Siena is a tourist city therefore prices are often higher during the holiday periods and weekends. However, it is possible to find offers for sleeping and choose taverns and trattorias to eat without spending too much. As for the visit of some attractions, we recommend cumulative tickets that allow you to save a little.

  • Costs to eat: about € 40,00 per day per person (including breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Costs for museums and attractions: about € 65,00 per person following the itinerary we suggest
  • Transportation: about € 35,00 per person (bus and train to / from the airports to Siena and bus to San Gimignano-Moteriggioni).
  • Hotels, accommodation and b & b: from € 90,00 per room -
  • Fun: from € 20,00 per person (including snacks, coffee, aperitifs, drinks, ...)
  • Total cost of a weekend in Siena: from € 350,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Siena: spring and autumn are the best seasons, however there are no periods not recommended.
    An unmissable event, although there is a lot of people, is the Palio di Siena on 2 July and 16 August - find out more
  • Pisa airport, 100 km connected by the Train bus (about 2 hours, € 14,00). Alternatively by train with a stopover in Empoli (€ 10,90, in 1h and 4 min) - flights from € 42,00
  • the best area is in the center to breathe the local air. Outside the city walls, it is cheaper. Alternatively, if you have your own car, immerse yourself in the Sienese countryside which is full of farmhouses and farmhouses where you can stay (from € 55,00 -)
  • Getting around: it is a city to be explored on foot; to reach the surroundings such as Val D'Orcia or the Chianti areas you have to use the car or in some cases the regional buses - find out more
  • Other: those who reach Siena by car can park near the stadium and then reach the center with a 10-minute walk (daily rate € 26,00)

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