After two hours of searching the medieval streets of Siena for a vacant hotel room we removed our backpacks to rest our exhausted bodies. Looking up at the darkening sky I said, “we should have taken a taxi from the train station, and we should have booked a hotel in advance!” My wife Laura laughed as she nodded. By some miracle we finally found an amazing little hotel above a flower shop. It was called Hotel Palazzo Fani Mignanelli, and we soon discovered that it was the best value in town (I’ll publish my review on this hotel in the near future).
Our next day in Siena seemed like a dream. We awoke to the sun reflecting off of the red roof tiles below our window. After a nice breakfast at a nearby cafe, we walked along the cobblestone streets and down an ancient set of stairs into the famous Piazza del Campo. Please enjoy this 3 minute video that I filmed in Siena (click here if you can’t see the video):
The Piazza del Campo is the historic center of Siena, and an one of the greatest European examples of a medieval square. Aside from the stunning architecture, the Piazza del Campo draws thousands of visitors bi-anually to witness the Palio di Siena. The entire square is covered with dirt for an exciting horse race!
Unfortunately the race wasn’t held while we were there, but fortunately I’ve found a great video to share with you:
Not only is the Piazza del Campo filled with wonderful stores, restaurants, and gelato shops, but so are the rest of the breathtaking streets in this small walled city.
If you’re interested in photography, then I suggest that you just walk around the city with your camera. Colorful post-card quality scenes pop up around every corner. Every building seemed to have the classic clothes lines stringing clothes out into the breeze.
From nearly every street, you are able to see the main tower of the Piazza del Campo, so orientation is no problem!
If you love history (like I do), then you’ll be in heaven in this little part of Tuscany. I found it very interesting that Siena was first settled by the Etruscans before Christ was ever born. Click here to read more about Siena’s colorful history. Below are some of my favorite guidebooks, which will help you plan your trip to Siena, Tuscany, and the rest of Italy:
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If you’re planning a trip to Tuscany in the near future, please, please, please don’t miss one of my favorite destinations: Siena, Italy! I love questions and comments, so leave them below!