Top ChoiceCathedral in Siena

Duomo

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...

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Museo Civico

Entered via the Palazzo Pubblico's Cortile del Podestà (Courtyard of the Chief Magistrate), this wonderful museum showcases rooms richly frescoed by artists of the Sienese school. Commissioned by the city's...

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Pinacoteca Nazionale

Siena's recently renovated art gallery, housed in 14th-century Palazzo Buonsignori since 1932, is home to an extraordinary collection of Gothic masterpieces from the Sienese school. These include works by Guido...

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Complesso Museale di Santa Maria della Scala

Complesso Museale di 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...

Top ChoiceLibrary in Siena

Libreria Piccolomini

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...

Top ChoicePiazza in Siena

Piazza del Campo

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...

Top ChoiceTuscan in Siena

Osteria 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...

Top ChoiceGelato 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...

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Ristorante Enzo

The epitome of refined Sienese dining, Da Enzo, as it is popularly called, welcomes guests with a complimentary glass of prosecco (sparkling wine) and follows up with Tuscan dishes made with skill and care....

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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...

Parade in Siena

Palio

Dating from the Middle Ages, this spectacular annual event includes a series of colourful pageants and a wild horse race in Piazza del Campo. Ten of Siena's 17 contrade (town districts) compete for the coveted...

Museum in Siena

Museo dell'Opera

The highlight of this repository of artworks that formerly adorned the duomo is undoubtedly Duccio (di Buoninsegna)'s striking Maestà (1308–11), which was painted on both sides as a screen for the high altar....

Landmark in Siena

Battistero di San Giovanni

The baptistry is lined with 15th-century frescoes and centres around a hexagonal marble font by Jacopo della Quercia, decorated with bronze panels depicting the life of St John the Baptist by artists including...

Music in Siena

Accademia Musicale Chigiana

The Accademia Musicale Chigiana presents two highly regarded concert series featuring classical musicians from around the world: Micat in Vertice from November to May and the Chigiana International Festival in...

Museum in Siena

Palazzo Chigi Saracini

Few buildings have pedigrees as splendid as this 13th-century palace. Home of the Piccolomini family (of which Pope Pius II was the most prominent member) during the Renaissance, it was acquired by the powerful...

Museum in Siena

Museo delle Tavolette di Biccherne

Housed in the Renaissance-era Palazzo Piccolomini, Siena's State Archive isn't a usual stop on the standard tourist itinerary, but it provides ample reward for those who choose to visit. The small on-site museum...

Church in Siena

Basilica Cateriniana di San Domenico

Basilica Cateriniana di San Domenico

St Catherine was welcomed into the Dominican fold within this huge and austere 13th-century basilica. Inside, the Cappella di Santa Caterina (halfway down the wall to the right of the altar) contains frescoes by...

Historic Building in Siena

Palazzo Pubblico

Built to demonstrate the enormous wealth, proud independence and secular nature of Siena, this 14th-century Gothic masterpiece is the visual focal point of the Campo, itself the true heart of the city....

Gardens in Siena

Orto Botanico dell'Università

The tranquil terraces of this botanical garden (1856), which is spread over 2.5 hectares of the verdant Sant'Agostino Valley, provide gorgeous views across the valley and a welcome escape from the tourist crowds....

Historic Building in Siena

Porta del Cielo

To enjoy spectacular bird's-eye views of the interior and exterior of Siena's cathedral, buy a ticket for the 'Gate of Heaven' escorted tour up, into and around the building's roof and dome. Tour groups are...