With deep running connections to its medieval past, the proud city of Siena is a wonderful blend of Middle Age architecture and sympathetically designed modern buildings which deliberately reflect the style of the past.
Encircled by the vineyards and olive groves of Chianti, and built on three rolling hills, Siena is networked with picturesque meandering alleys and steep stairways with the unique shell-shaped Piazza del Campo standing at its heart.
Below are just some of the wonderful sights and attractions you can expect to discover on a visit to Siena. For more information the staff at Podere San Filippo will be more than delighted to give you the benefit of their in-depth local knowledge.
Piazza del Campo & Torre del Mangia
Piazza del Campo is the unique shell-shaped square standing at the city’s heart. For the ultimate panoramic view of Siena take the 300 steps to the top of this bell tower overlooking the Piazza del Campo. It’s quite an effort but the views are well worth the climb.
For nearly 800 years this has been Siena’s City Hall. The building contains a wealth of historical treasures including frescoes by Ambrogio Lorenzetti, Simone Martini and Duccio.
Palio Horse Race
One of Italy’s most famous spectacles, this race is run in celebration of a miraculous appearance of the Virgin Mary in the area. Taking place in the Piazza del Campo, the various districts of Siena compete in a three lap race of intense excitement.
This magnificent Romanesque cathedral epitomises the civic pride of the city’s denizens. Make sure to visit the Libreria Piccolomini, Baptistery and the connected Museo dell'Opera del Duomo.