When traveling in Tuscany, Siena is one of the places you cannot miss. This authentic Italian city is filled with incredible architecture, fantastic ice cream, and rich history. Read here all about the best 10 things to do in Siena, Italy.
Table of contents
- 1. Eat Ice Cream At Bar Gelateria Il Camerlengo
- 2. Drink Wine On A Balcony Overlooking Piazza Del Campo
- 3. Take In The Beauty Of The Duomo Di Siena
- 4. Admire The Books In The Libreria Piccolomini In The Duomo Di Siena
- 5. Climb Up To La Porta Del Cielo
- 6. Dive In The Cripta Del Duomo Di Siena
- 7. Gaze Over Siena From The Facciatone
- 8. Climb the Torre del Mangia
- 9. Wander The Streets Of Siena
- 10. Spot Romulus and Remus
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1. Eat Ice Cream At Bar Gelateria Il Camerlengo
Piazza Del Campo is the heart of Siena. First of all, there is a beautiful marble fountain with statues spouting out clear water. Besides, the Piazza also gives a great view of the Palazzo Publico.
Wander about the Piazza Del Campo and get an ice cream at Bar Gelateria Il Camerlengo. For only 3 euros, you get a huge cone with 2 flavors of homemade Italian ice cream. I would absolutely recommend you to try Bueno and stracciatella, hmmm! These flavors have big chunks of chocolate and Buenos in them. In addition to great ice cream, the terrace has a stunning view over the square, and you can spot Romulus and Remus as well!
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2. Drink Wine On A Balcony Overlooking Piazza Del Campo
Another great spot on Piazza Del Campo is Salumeria Il Cencio. This is a panini shop with fresh bread and cheap wine. Get a panini with typical Tuscan meat or other delicious fillings for 6 euros and a glass of wine for 2. Afterward, climb up to the balcony via a tight set of stairs in the back of the shop and enjoy the view over Piazza Del Campo!
This was my favorite thing to do regarding food in Siena, Italy, because it is such a great spot!
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3. Take In The Beauty Of The Duomo Di Siena
Just like in Venice, the Duomo is a sight for sore eyes and is, in my opinion, the highlight and best thing to do in Siena, Italy. For instance, you can explore the Duomo from inside-out, including going into the ceiling and on top of the roof. As a result, you get a unique perspective on this impressive piece of architecture. (More on this at number 5!).
The first part of discovering the Duomo is the central area of the church. The Duomo builders had an impeccable eye for detail. As a result, every spot is covered with decorations and stories of important personalities from that era. This result that the Duomo is more interesting compared to other churches we have seen. Furthermore, the cathedral is completely covered in blue/white layered marble, and even the floors tell stories.
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4. Admire The Books In The Libreria Piccolomini In The Duomo Di Siena
After exploring the central area of the church, you shouldn’t miss out on the Duomo Di Siena library. This is a small wing holding the books monks painted to spread the word of Christ. These book sizes are imposing, and the gold and skill needed to create them are beautiful to see. However, my favorite part of this library is the floor! Each tile of the floor has a half-moon on it, creating a beautiful pattern throughout the room.
5. Climb Up To La Porta Del Cielo
The third part of the Duomo worth paying a visit to is the La Porta Del Cielo. In other words, the Porta Del Cielo is the ceiling of the Duomo, which you can walk through. As a result, you can look into the Duomo Di Siena from multiple windows in the ceiling. This will give you a completely different but amazing perspective! See the church’s craftsmanship from up close and touch the beams holding up this work of art. Besides looking into the church, there is also an impressive view of the surroundings of Siena.
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6. Dive In The Cripta Del Duomo Di Siena
Far down below the main and marbled parts of the Duomo is the crypt. In this crypt, ancient paintings are telling the story of how Jesus Christ died. It certainly is remarkable how much color remains in these paintings. Furthermore, there are statues in the crypt and graves. Moreover, there are peepholes on the floor through which you can look deep down into the depths of the crypt. Consequently, this will help you understand the magnitude of this underground structure.
7. Gaze Over Siena From The Facciatone
Next to the Duomo is the Museo dell opera Metropolitana. On the second floor of this museum is a staircase that leads to a panoramic view of Siena. As a result of being on top of the Facciatone, you can spot Piazza del Campo and even look as far as the Tuscan hills. Moreover, you get a good look over the cathedral from above. Therefore, this is definitely worth a visit. However, keep in mind that you only get a minimal amount of time on this viewpoint because of the tight spaces, and the people who work there are a bit stressed.
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8. Climb the Torre del Mangia
Now that you’ve seen most of the Duomo, it is also possible to climb the Torre del Mangia, which can be easily found on the Piazza Del Campo. The Torre del Mangia is part of the city hall of Siena and towers far above the Piazza. Climb this tower and enjoy another incredible view over Siena and Piazza Del Campo!
Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, we could not climb the tower ourselves, which is a shame. It stood high on our list of things-to-do whilst being over at Siena, Italy. Once the COVID-19 situation calms down a bit, be sure to check this one out!
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9. Wander The Streets Of Siena
Besides both the Duomo and the Piazza Del Campo, the beautiful streets of Siena are worth discovering as well. Walkabout the city and let yourself be surprised by the beautiful buildings and architecture of Siena. When turning each corner, more cozy streets can be found, which definitely adds to the city’s charm.
10. Spot Romulus and Remus
The two brothers who founded Siena were called Senius and Aschius. Romulus had murdered their father Remus, and as a result, they were no longer safe in the capital and had to flee. Because the founders of Siena are descendants of Remus, Siena claimed to be a descendant of one of the siblings nurtured by the she-wolf, adopting the symbol.
You can spot statues of a wolf with Romulus and Remus under her belly, feeding them all over Siena, Italy. Meanwhile, exploring Siena, I suggest you make it into a game to spot as many Romulus and Remus statues.
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