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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 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 magnific…
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 Library 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 Piazza in Siena

Piazza del Campo

Popularly known as 'Il Campo', this sloping piazza has been Siena's 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 Roman marke…
Top Choice Tuscan in Siena

La Taverna di San Giuseppe

Any restaurant specialising in beef, truffles and porcini mushrooms attracts our immediate attention, but not all deliver on their promise. Fortunately, this one does. A favoured venue for locals celebrating importa…
Top Choice Gelato in Siena

La Vecchia Latteria

Sauntering through Siena's historic centre is always more fun with a gelato in hand. Just ask one of the many locals who are regular customers at this gelateria artigianale (maker of handmade gelato) near the Pinaco…
Top Choice Food in Siena

Il Magnifico

Lorenzo Rossi is Siena's best baker, and his panforte (spiced fruit and nut cake), ricciarelli (sugar-dusted chewy almond biscuits) and cavallucci (chewy biscuits flavoured with aniseed and other spices) are a weekl…
Top Choice Seafood in Siena

Tre Cristi

Seafood restaurants are thin on the ground in this meat-obsessed region, so the long existence of Tre Cristi (it's been around since 1830) should be heartily celebrated. The menu here is as elegant as the decor, and…