Why you should visit Sienna during your next trip to Italy


Have you always dreamed of hanging out on the set of a James Bond movie? Siena is the setting for the opening scene of Quantum of Solace. The narrow streets, the red roofs and the magnificent Il Campo were for the filmmakers a very attractive setting for a spectacular chase. Well Named! Siena is a topper, we've known that for a long time. An authentic environment, a warm atmosphere and of course delicious Italian cuisine. Find out here what you can not miss during your visit to the city ...

What to do?

"Che dice Siena, dés Palio". At this folklore festival, there is a crazy world but it's unheard of! Twice a year the horse race takes place in the center of town. 17 districts (or "contrade") compete, each district delivers 1 runner. The victory of the Palio is of vital importance to the people of Siena. The winner suddenly becomes more sacred in his own neighborhood than the Pope. If you have the opportunity to attend Il Palio during your trip, do not hesitate. This is a unique opportunity!

An iconic race in an iconic place: Piazza del Campo. If you visit Siena at any other time, the Piazza is an impressive square that suddenly appears in the middle of the medieval town of Siena and its narrow alleys, as if it came out of nowhere. Sit on one of the many terraces around the square and fully enjoy la dolce vita.

In Piazza del Campo you will also find the Palazzo Publico with the Torre del Mangia. Are you an art lover? Make sure you take a detour to the first floor of the Palazzo. Here you see world famous works by Lorenzetti and Martini.

Where to eat?

For typical regional dishes, head to "La Grotta de Santa Caterina", better known as "Da Bagoga". This is the nickname the owner received when he first drove the Palio. Ristorante Enzo is another authentic restaurant. Don't expect elegant surroundings, but honest and pure cuisine. Quality ingredients in a traditional recipe on a plate where the chef has just revealed his creativity. Antipasti with dolci: delicious! A final must-see stop in Siena is "La Vecchia Latteria". According to locals, the best address to taste 'gelato'! This ice cream parlor is also known as "the hole in the wall" - anything but hip, but so delicious...

Where to sleep?

Hotel Athena

If you prefer to stay in the city, the Athena Hotel is a great option. It is very central, close to Il Campo and the Duomo. This hotel offers you, next to a central location, comfortable surroundings and very friendly service. An extra touch: on the roof terrace you enjoy the magnificent view of the hills around Siena.

Hotel Borgo San Felice

If you are going to take a tour of Tuscany instead and are looking for a good base outside the city, we can recommend the Hotel Borgo San Felice. A hotel with great service, a beautiful location and a 'wow' factor.