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Top Choice Cathedral in Siena


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 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 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 Notable Building in Siena

Complesso Museale Santa Maria della Scala

This former hospital, parts of which date from the 13th century, was built as a hospice for pilgrims travelling the Via Francigena pilgrimage trail. Its highlight is the upstairs Pellegrinaio (Pilgrim's Hall), with …
Top Choice Deli in Siena


Possibly the classiest cheap feed in Siena: set in the stylish basement of Morbidi's deli, the lunch buffet on offer here is excellent. For a mere €12, you can join the well-dressed locals sampling antipasti, salads…
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…
Food in Siena

Panificio Il Magnifico

Lorenzo Rossi is Siena's best baker, and his panforte, ricciarelli (sugar-dusted chewy almond biscuits) and cavallucci (almond biscuits made with Tuscan millefiori honey) are a weekly purchase for most local house…
Top Choice Tuscan in Siena

Enoteca I Terzi

A favourite for many locals who head to this historic enoteca to linger over lunches, aperitivi and casual dinners featuring top-notch Tuscan salumi (cured meats), delicate handmade pasta and wonderful wines.