Attractions

Top Choice Cathedral in Siena

Duomo

Consecrated on the former site of a Roman temple in 1179 and constructed over the 13th and 14th centuries, Siena's majestic duomo (cathedral) showcases the talents of many great medieval and Renaissance architects a…
Top Choice Museum in Siena

Museo Civico

Entered via the Palazzo Pubblico's Cortile del Podestà (Courtyard of the Podestà), this wonderful museum showcases rooms richly frescoed by artists of the Sienese school. Commissioned by the city's governing body ra…
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 highlights are on the 2nd floor, where magnificen…
Top Choice Museum in San Gimignano

Palazzo Comunale

The 13th-century Palazzo Comunale has always been the centre of San Gimignano's local government; its magnificently frescoed Sala di Dante is where the great poet addressed the town's council in 1299 and its Camera …
Top Choice Museum in Siena

Museale Santa Maria della Scala

Built as a hospice for pilgrims travelling the Via Francigena, this huge complex opposite the Duomo dates from the 13th century. Its highlight is the upstairs Pellegrinaio (Pilgrim's Hall), featuring vivid 15th-cent…
Top Choice Notable Building in Siena

Libreria Piccolomini

Cardinal Francesco Todeschini Piccolomini, archbishop of Siena (later Pope Pius III), commissioned the building and decoration of this hall off the north aisle of the Duomo in 1492 to house the books of his uncle, E…
Top Choice Square in Siena

Piazza del Campo

Popularly known as 'Il Campo', this sloping piazza has been Siena's civic and social centre since being staked out by the ruling Consiglio dei Nove (Council of Nine) in the mid-12th century. Built on the site of a R…
Top Choice Church in Panzano in Chianti

Pieve di San Leolino

One of the most beautiful churches in Chianti, this Romanesque pieve (rural church with baptistry) is located on a hilltop just outside Panzano in Chianti. Artworks inside the church include a 1421 polyptych behind …
Top Choice Gallery in San Gimignano

Galleria Continua

It may seem strange to highlight contemporary art in this medieval time capsule of a town, but there's good reason to do so. This is one of the best commercial art galleries in Europe, showing the work of big-name a…