Attractions

Top Choice Cathedral in Siena

Duomo

Siena's cathedral is one of Italy's most awe-inspiring churches. Construction started in 1215 and over the centuries many of Italy's top artists have contributed: Giovanni Pisano designed the intricate white, green …
Top Choice Museum in Siena

Museo Civico

Siena's most famous museum occupies rooms richly frescoed by artists of the Sienese school. Commissioned by the governing body of the city, rather than by the Church, many – unusually – depict secular subjects. The …
Top Choice Church in San Gimignano

Collegiata

Parts of San Gimignano's Romanesque cathedral were built in the second half of the 11th century, but its remarkably vivid frescoes, depicting episodes from the Old and New Testaments, date from the 14th century. Loo…
Top Choice Gallery in Siena

Pinacoteca Nazionale

An extraordinary collection of Gothic masterpieces from the Sienese school sits inside the once grand but now sadly dishevelled 14th-century Palazzo Buonsignori. The pick of the collection is on the 2nd floor, inclu…
Top Choice Castle in Gaiole in Chianti

Castello di Brolio

The ancestral estate of the aristocratic Ricasoli family dates from the 11th century and is the oldest winery in Italy. Currently home to the 32nd baron, it opens its formal garden, panoramic terrace and museum to d…
Top Choice Street in Montepulciano

Il Corso

Montepulciano's main street – called in stages Via di Gracciano, Via di Voltaia, Via dell'Opio and Via d'Poliziano – climbs up the eastern ridge of the town from Porta al Prato and loops to meet Via di Collazzi on t…
Top Choice Museum in San Gimignano

Palazzo Comunale & Torre Grossa

The 12th-century Palazzo Comunale is home to the Camera del Podestà, with its meticulously restored and slightly saucy cycle of frescoes by Memmo di Filippuccio – in this morality tale the rewards of marriage are sh…
Top Choice Square in Siena

Piazza del Campo

This sloping piazza, popularly known as Il Campo, has been Siena's civic and social centre since being staked out by the ruling Consiglio dei Nove in the mid-12th century. It was built on the site of a Roman marketp…
Notable Building in Siena

Libreria Piccolomini

Off the north aisle of the Duomo Nuovo, the Libreria Piccolomini is one of the cathedral's great treasures. Pope Pius III built this compact hall to house the books of his uncle, Enea Silvio Piccolomini, who became …
Top Choice Museum in Volterra

Museo Etrusco Guarnacci

The vast collection of Etruscan artefacts exhibited here makes this one of Italy's most impressive collections. Found locally, they include some 600 funerary urns carved mainly from alabaster and tufa – perhaps the …