Where to stay in Siena?
Siena is ‘divided’, basically, in two: inside and outside the old walls and that is exactly where the hotels in the city are, inside or outside the walls. Inside the walls is where Siena’s “nervous system” is located: Historic Center and the main tourist attractions, such as the Cathedral, Piazza del Campo (“Field Square”), Torre del Mangia (Mangia Tower) and others. Would you like to stay in Siena? Your problems are over! Let’s find out where to stay in Siena? Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia you make the trip of your dreams!!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”
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1) Where to stay in Siena? INSIDE THE WALLS
Many think that staying inside the walls can be a problem because of the large number of tourists, but not. The city is very, very, very quiet and the nightlife of Siena is not very active, that is, there is hardly any noise in the central areas at night. We have no noise and mess even during the high season, when events in the Squares last until, at most, until 23:00 – 24:00. So, there is nothing to worry about noise! What to visit in a day in Siena?
Staying inside the Walls is the perfect solution for those who are traveling by train and prefer to enjoy the Historic Center calmly.
The options of apartments and inns that I advise with great value for money are:
- Saracini Suite (apartment)
- Pousada La Terrazza sul Campo
- Pousada Palazzo del Papa
- Pousada Le Aquile
- Pousada il Corso
The options of Hotels that I advise with great value for money are:
Staying inside the Historic Center you will be able to get to know the main Monuments of Siena with more tranquility, among which we highlight:
Duomo di Siena (Cathedral of Siena)
The Duomo di Siena is entirely in Gothic style and dedicated to Saint Mary of the Assumption. With a 77 meter high campanile, the Cathedral was inaugurated in 1370. It is huge and was built on 11 steps. The Cathedral has more than 10 altars in addition to beautiful chapels and full of history. It is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful Cathedrals in Italy. Click here to find out more about the Duomo of Siena!
Piazza del Campo (“Field Square”)
Piazza del Campo is another important point in Siena. D-shaped, the Piazza is tilted like an amphitheater. This is where the Palio de Siena takes place, a horse race famous worldwide. Needless to say, the city gets crowded! This is the event that brings the most pride to its residents. The race takes place every year on the 2nd of July and the 16th of August. Click here to find out How to get to Siena from Florence?
Palazzo Comunale (“Town Palace”)
The highlights of the Square are its sumptuous and historic palaces. One of the most characteristic is, definitely, the Palazzo Pubblico (“Public Palace”), also called the Palazzo Comunale, which today is where the city hall is located. It was built between 1297 and 1310 and is in the Center of the Square. Medieval architecture with Gothic influences, the floor is stone and there are some marble elements.
Still there, be sure to see the Torre del Mangia, which is also worth admiring! With its imposing 88 meters high, the Tower can be visited and, from the top, presents a beautiful view of the whole of Siena, from all sides! To get to the top, prepare your legs: there are more than 400 steps and, for some, it can be tiring, but the view really pays off then: climb slowly!
The Tower is located in Piazza del Campo (“Field Square”) and it is the civic tower of the Palazzo Comunale (“Town Palace”), being one of the oldest Italian towers and, although starting from a lower level, the Cathedral of Siena reaches the same height as the tower and symbolizes the balance between the heavenly power and earthly power, without either exceeding or imposing themselves on the other. Click here to find out How to get to Siena from Rome?
St. Dominic’s Cathedral
Also unmissable is the St Dominic’s Cathedral, which was erected between 1226 and 1265 and expanded in the 14th century. Its Gothic architecture was destroyed in three major fires in 1443, 1456 and 1531, in addition to the damage suffered during a military occupation, which took place between 1548 and 1552. The Cathedral was built of bricks and has a large bell tower on the left., which was reduced due to an earthquake in 1798. The interior is shaped like an Egyptian cross with a huge nave covered by trusses and a transept with tall chapels. It is really unmissable!
Another sight of great importance within the walls is the Gaia Fountain. The most important public fountain in the city is in Piazza Del Campo and it was opened in 1346. The fountain is decorated with a series of sculptural reliefs ordered in 1409 and completed only ten years later, in 1419. The material was not of superior quality and, therefore, the monument has undergone a natural degradation over time.
In 1859, it was decided to replace the original font with a copy made from Carrara’s most durable marble, commissioned from local sculptor Tito Sarrocchi. The monument was opened ten years later. On the same occasion, the fountain was moved to a more central position in the square and was protected by a gate by architect Giuseppe Partini. The original reliefs have been restored and their ‘remains’ are in the Santa Maria della Scala Museum.
Saint Francis’ Basilica
Another important attraction is St Francis’ Basilica, it is one of the most important in Siena and is located in the square of the same name, Piazza San Francesco (St Francis’ Square). Built in the 13th century, it has a Romanesque style. Two centuries later, it received a ‘new facade’ in the Gothic style. The stained glass windows of Cappella Maggiore are SPECTACULAR! Their colors are intense and immediately catch our attention.
2) Where to stay in Siena? OUTSIDE THE WALLS
Staying inside the walls has its advantages, mainly because you are close to everything and can do everything on foot, which does not mean that if you choose to stay outside the walls you will have a problem: not really! You will have none! As the city is small, there are great hotels outside the walls, also about 500 meters or 2 km away, in any case, a good walk solves everything, since the city is very quiet and safe (even at night!) .
The Historic Center of Siena is within a Limited Traffic Zone (ZTL) so if you have a car you cannot enter, otherwise you will get fines. Staying outside the walls is the perfect solution for those traveling by car and for those who are getting to know the Tuscan countryside. Know that during the day you can move around with tranquility and at night being close to the walls you can go for a walk and choose one of the many wonderful restaurants that are inside the walls to eat calmly.
The options of Hotels that I advise with great value for money are:
• Hotel Athena
• Hotel Santa Caterina
• Hotel Villa di Str
• Hotel Italia
• Hotel Palazzo di Valli
• Hotel Borgo Grondaie
3) Where to stay in Siena? RESORT HOTEL (AGRITOURISM)
Another valid alternative in this regard is to choose some agritourism near Siena, so you can enjoy the Tuscan countryside. The good thing is that you will have no problems with parking lots for the car, but at the same time you will be close to Siena and you can walk around there with peace of mind. I love this type of accommodation as it allows a more direct contact with local people !!! Discover our section on Food in Italy!
The options of Agrotourism that I advise with great value for money are:
• Agriturismo Renaccino
• Podere La Strega
• Borgo Argiano
• Relais La Costa
Are you going to Florence? I would like to see options of hotels in Florence so read the post: Neiborhoods in Florence: Where to stay. And if you have no experience booking hotels in Italy, then learn now with our special posts: How to book a hotel in Italy? and Difference between hotel categories in Italy!
How were these hotels chosen?
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Where to stay in Siena? Siena has a total of 17 neighborhoods (no, you didn’t read it wrong: SEVENTEEN!), But don’t be fooled: many of the ‘neighborhoods’ are made up of a single street (lol), hard to believe, but that’s how it is! In other words, it is not a huge city or one that offers great difficulties in getting around; the city can be visited on foot, with tranquility, without haste and must be appreciated with great affection, not to mention that Siena is beautiful!
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