Travelling to Italy has always been a dream of mine, especially as that is where my family roots are from. So when we had the opportunity to take a family holiday back in June, it seemed like the perfect thing to do. We decided to go to a few places whilst we were there, as we wanted to make the most of it.
Siena was our first stop, and what a beautiful place it is!
- Piazza del Campo
Piazza del Campo is the main square in Siena, a truly beautiful place, and it is where the historic Palio horse races take place every summer. July 2nd and August 16th is when all the contrada’s come together and a horse races for their pride and honour. Everyone in Siena is in a contrada, like a community, and this depends on where you were born in the city. The contrada’s and Palio give Siena its uniqueness and amazing atmosphere and history. The square is a great place to sit down and enjoy an ice cream or cold drink.
- Torre del Mangia
Situated in the famous square of Siena (Plazza del Campo), the Torre del Mangia stands tall amongst other buildings. allowing you to not only know where the square is when walking round the city, but you are offered great views of the city if you climb it.
- Piazza del Duomo
Once you have walked through the unique, Italian streets of Siena, you finally make your way to the top of Siena and to the Cathedral (Duomo di Siena), and what a sight it is. I would recommend buying a ticket to visit inside the cathedral, crypt and the Museum of the Opera del Duomo, they are great places to visit if you love architecture, art, and wanting to get a great view of the city. Don’t make the same mistake we made though, we couldn’t find how to get to the top of the Museum of the Opera del Duomo, and didn’t get the chance to see the great city view, and we accidentally ended up walking out and wasn’t allowed back in!
- Food in Siena
Italy is known for its amazing food; especially pasta and pizza! If you plan on eating out in Siena, then I recommend finding a restaurant down one of the many side streets. Eating in the main square (Piazza del Campo) does offer a great view of the famous square, but prices are more expensive, and the quality may not be as good. Find an authentic, Italian restaurant and enjoy the wonderful flavours Siena has to offer.
Also, you must try the Gelato from La Vecchia Latteria, great portions of ice creams with a range of flavours to chose from. La Vecchia Latteria is meant to be the best in Siena and is situated on an alleyway towards the top of Piazza del Campo, opposite the Tower of Mangia.
*If Siena is a place you are about to visit, or are wanting to visit, then please bear in mind that Siena is situated on hills, so you will be walking up and down steep alleyways and roads. Please do keep this in mind, and walk at a steady pace if hills are not your thing.