Oct 4, 2020
If you are intrigued by the Tuscan city, you may have wondered what to visit in Siena in 3 days. With myTour you can see the historic center, visit the districts and taste the local dishes, and book a tour to discover the wonderful landscapes of Chianti and Val d’Orcia, all in just 3 days.
The charming medieval city is best known for the Palio, a horse race in the form of a medieval joust, which takes place in Piazza del Campo. The heart of Siena, this splendid square retains important features of its medieval structure, for which it has been included in the Unesco World Heritage sites. Shell-shaped, it is distinguished by the terracotta and travertine flooring and the division into nine segments.
It overlooks the Palazzo Pubblico, the seat of the Civic Museum, which houses many artistic masterpieces, and the Torre del Mangia. Majestic, dating back to the 14th century, it was built with the same bricks as the pavement of the square. If you want to be introduced to the history, architecture, and art of Siena, rely on a professional myTour guide, who will take you on a walking tour to see the main monuments, such as the Duomo of Siena and the Basilica of San Domenico. In Gothic style, the cathedral is characterized by a beautiful white marble facade, alternating with thin green stripes. It houses many works by Donatello, Nicola Pisano and other artists, and is also known for the floor made of fifty-six scenes carved on marble.
The Catherine Basilica of San Domenico is an imposing church dating back to the thirteenth century, which houses the chapel of Santa Caterina, patron saint of the city, in which there is a relic of the saint.
It is worth reserving a day off to stroll through the ancient districts of the city, no less than seventeen, and visit museums, some of them dedicated to the Palio, which preserve unique drapes and testimonies of this important event. In the Museo dell’Onda, however, works by Giovanni Duprè, a famous sculptor born in the district, are exhibited.
Piazza Indipendenza, with its loggia, and some of the city’s many noble palaces, such as Palazzo Salimbeni, and Palazzo Tolomei, are also worth visiting. Aside from Fonte Gaia, in Piazza del Campo, an elegant classic-style fountain, walking through the districts you can discover hidden sources and beautiful fountains, such as the one in the Oca district, built on several levels.
A visit to Siena is not complete, however, without a taste of the city’s and typical Tuscan delicacies, such as pici di Siena, fresh pasta seasoned in various ways, and Pappa al Pomodoro. To taste tartare of Chianina and the dishes based on excellent Cinta Senese meat. Among the typical sweets of the city, Panforte and Ricciarelli stand out, typical almond biscuits. The myTour suggests Siena food tour dedicated to gastronomy takes you to taste the Tuscan delicacies and to taste the superb Chianti wines.
Other unmissable destinations around Siena are Chianti and Val d’Orcia. myTour takes you, with the Chianti & Castles Tour, to discover the splendid wine region where you can taste superb wines, such as Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG, and taste Tuscan products. Another stop is the Fortress of Monteriggioni, in the shape of a crown, whose walls were mentioned by Dante in the Divine Comedy. Val d’Orcia is also a land of wines, such as the Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, which can be tasted during a visit to a winery.
The vineyards that produce Brunello are dominated by the beautiful town that bears her name, and the whole Val d’Orcia is a jewel, characterized by medieval villages, olive groves, and a rural landscape that has earned it the inclusion by Unesco in World Heritage sites.