Seldom have I felt a joy so great as when I roamed the streets of Tuscany’s second city, Siena.
This particular Mediterranean city is remarkable and it looks just like it stepped out of a postcard. Siena is beautiful and very Italian.
Think of delicious wheat pasta with a delightful tomato sauce with garlic and cheese, topped up with mouth-watering Tuscan red wine. You’re sitting in a cozy family restaurant on an old cobblestone Piazza, surrounded by historical buildings, in the heart of an old city in Tuscany. That’s how I reimagine the time when I was in Siena.
Combine this thought with a healthy amount of the Tuscan sun, a commitment-free week and you’ll have a perfect stay in one of Italy’s most charming old cities.
Personally, I would choose the beauty of Siena over Florence anytime. Although am I not saying that you should skip Florence. Florence is beautiful. But, it feels like a bigger city and it’s packed with tourists, more people walk its streets and there are more sounds.
Siena, on the contrary, is charming, quiet and feels more authentic. Its sleepy, pastel-stoned streets are in medieval contrast to the grandeur of Florence’s Renaissance heart.
Every Pizza & Piazza In Siena is Wonderful
A real Italian city wouldn’t feel the same without its typical piazzas. These squares are where you’ll find the deeper romance of an Italian city. Siena has some of Italy’s finest piazza’s. Especially ‘Il Campo’ at the heart of town. The Piazza Del Campo is considered as one of Europe’s finest medieval squares, with the fearless ‘Torre del Mangia’ that rises high above it into the sky. It’s hard to avoid the feeling of admiration when you dine at one of the comfy restaurants on the edge of the Piazza Del Campo.Il Campo in Siena, Italy.[/caption]
Other than Il Campo, there are many other squares in the city that are worth mentioning. Often the smallest piazzas have the most charming and best restaurants with the best Italian food.Every Pizza & Piazza in Siena is Wonderful.
Getting lost in the little side streets of Siena gives an amazing feeling of freedom
A holiday should be aligned with freedom. A lot of it. Allowing yourself to get lost can sometimes help you with achieving this feeling of freedom. Just for a while. Letting things go their way and trusting the fact that you’ll find your route again after a while is a supreme thing to do in Siena. (Tip: Always write down the name of the place where you are staying. Just in case, so you can ask around for the way)
In this medieval paradise, I had a lot of fun after having a couple of drinks and allowing myself to get a bit lost after that.
Look around carefully when you wander around and discover some of the many brilliant details of this Tuscan city.
You’ll want to have the experience of exploring Siena and to find out that you’re located on one of the three hills of the city. And that you’ll see one of the other hills from that point of view.
There is no better way of having a better experience than when you walk around in Siena in the early evening. Around this time the street lights shimmer and they decorate the streets of Siena with bright golden light.
Follow the She-Wolf statues
Legend has it that Siena was founded by Senius and Aschius, the sons of Remus. When Remus was murdered by his brother Romulus, his sons fled and settled on the hills where they founded the city. You’ll come across representations (mostly statues) of the lupa or she-wolf all over town. She was the foster-mother of Remus and Romulus.