The City of Siena

Discover Siena in a day from Antiche Mura: a fascinating journey through the Tuscan city, cradle of history, art and culture. Visit iconic sites such as Piazza del Campo, the Palazzo Pubblico, the Torre del Mangia and the Duomo. Explore the Basilica of San Domenico, admire the works at the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo and lose your breath at the beauty of the Pinacoteca Nazionale. Relax in the Orto Medievale de' Pecci and venture into the Bottini for a unique experience in an underground area dating back to the remote past.

Immersing yourself in historic Siena in one day may seem ambitious, but with the proper orientation, even a short interval of time becomes the perfect opportunity to explore the treasures of this city steeped in history. By staying at Antiche Mura, you will have the key to discover Siena’s most fascinating symbols and sites. We go on to chart a course that will lead you straight into the beating heart of Siena, passing through its most emblematic sites.

Piazza Del Campo

The beating heart and centerpiece of Siena, Piazza del Campo stands out as one of the most extensive and best-preserved examples of medieval squares in the world. Its distinctive fan shape, divided into nine sectors, symbolizes the governmental organization of the Sienese Republic. Home to the world-famous Palio di Siena, this square unites the community in an exciting contest that reflects the centuries-old traditions of the contrade. It is an open invitation to enjoy a moment of pause, contemplating the elegance and balance of the place, making it a vital meeting point for residents and travelers alike.

The city of Siena’s Palazzo Pubblico

Positioned in the Piazza del Campo, the Palazzo Pubblico bears witness to the ancient splendor and authority of Siena during the Middle Ages. The building is distinguished by its Gothic three-mullioned windows and distinctive battlements, offering a fine example of medieval civic architecture. Inside, you can see the fresco “The Allegory of Good and Bad Government,” by Ambrogio Lorenzetti, a work that goes beyond mere decoration to impart valuable lessons on civic and political management, inspiring visitors for generations.

The Mangia Tower

Next to the Palazzo Pubblico, the Torre del Mangia towers over the sky of Siena, providing one of the most striking views of the city and its countryside. Named after Giovanni di Balduccio, known as “Mangiaguadagni” for his taste in squandering money on delicacies, it represents an emblem of pride for the Sienese. The climb, though challenging, rewards with an exclusive panorama that captures the truest and most picturesque essence of Siena.

The Cathedral of the city of Siena

With its magnificent facade of white, red and green marble, the Duomo stands out as a masterpiece of Romanesque-Gothic architecture and an emblem of the city skyline. In addition to being a spiritual landmark, this sacred building serves as an open-air art gallery, preserving artistic treasures of incalculable value inside. Among them, the Piccolomini Library and the Piccolomini Chapel tell the cultural and artistic history of Siena through frescoes and sculptures, essential to any tourist itinerary.

The Gate of Heaven

Inside the cathedral, the “Gate of Heaven” offers an almost heavenly experience, allowing visitors to walk a path above the aisles and admire artistic and architectural masterpieces up close. This pathway, once exclusive to master builders, is now accessible to all, offering unprecedented perspectives and spectacular views of the city in a journey that spans centuries of history.

The Basilica Cateriniana di San Domenico

This majestic edifice stands as a testament to Siena’s faith and deep religious heritage, particularly the chapel that holds the head of St. Catherine of Siena, patron saint of Italy and Europe. In addition to visually dominating the cityscape, the basilica serves as a living memorial to the saint, attracting the faithful and curious from every corner of the globe.

The Museo dell’Opera del Duomo di Siena

Adjacent to the cathedral, the Museo dell’Opera houses a collection of Sienese artistic masterpieces, including works by Duccio di Buoninsegna and Jacopo della Quercia. The collection explores the evolution of art in Siena, illuminating key moments in its sacred and cultural history. The museum represents a journey through Sienese art, offering enthusiasts an in-depth understanding of the city’s aesthetics and spirit over the centuries.

National Picture Gallery

A shrine to art par excellence, the Pinacoteca Nazionale di Siena holds the most comprehensive collection of paintings from the Sienese school, ranging from the 14th century to the Renaissance. The gallery pays homage to the rich local artistic tradition, displaying the works of masters such as Duccio, Simone Martini and Ambrogio Lorenzetti. Each room is a chapter in art history, inviting visitors on a journey through time to discover the excellence and depth of Sienese painting.

The Orto Medievale de’ Pecci

A short walk from the beating heart of Siena, the Orto de’ Pecci is a haven of peace and natural beauty. This garden, recreated on an ancient medieval kitchen garden, offers visitors a space for serenity and contemplation. It demonstrates how urban spaces can be transformed into areas of sharing and well-being, mantaining  the memory of the ancient agricultural techniques.

The Bottini

Siena’s ancient Bottini network represents an intriguing example of medieval hydraulic engineering, with its underground aqueducts winding beneath the city for miles. Fundamental to Siena’s water supply, the Bottini now offer a unique exploration tour. Here history, mystery and technology come together in an underground adventure to discover how water was managed and distributed before the advent of modern infrastructure.

On a Trip from Arezzo to the city of Siena with Antiche Mura

Be seduced by Siena and its wonders, each one telling its own story of beauty and charm. Staying at Antiche Mura will put you in an ideal position to fully immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere of this magical city. Siena is waiting to reveal secret nooks and crannies and breathtaking views that make this place an unforgettable experience . Choose Antiche Mura as your starting point for exploring Siena’s culture and daily life. Whether your interest lies in art, history, gastronomy, or the pleasure of walking the streets of one of Italy’s most beautiful cities, Siena awaits you.

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