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Holidays in Siena take you to central Italy, in the heart of Tuscany’s countryside. It’s surrounded by the emerald green hills and valleys the area is renowned for, as well as warm stone buildings and a history which stretches back to the Medieval era.
Spend your days indulging in the most Italian of traditions, a passeggiata, or evening stroll. Take in the vibrant squares and narrow cobbled streets, stop off in little boutiques or sit in a street side café as you watch the world go by; coffee, wine or gelato in hand. The Piazza del Campo is home to a lively collection of restaurants, while Palazzo Pubblico (the town hall) and Siena Cathedral draw culture lovers from far and wide.
Food and drink form a centrepiece of any holiday to Siena, with wild boar, pappardelle pasta and cheese high on the menu. The Tuscany region is also famous for its fantastic wines, so a vineyard tour should be top of your list.
At Citalia we can help you get off the beaten track. We specialise in holidays to Italy, meaning one of our experts can help plan your perfect itinerary, whatever you want to discover.
From its location in Italy’s heart, Siena offers plenty of opportunities to explore the country further. Florence is under an hour and a half’s drive away and offers a chance to immerse yourself in the history of the Renaissance, as well as seeing some of Italy’s greatest works of art. Pair your Siena holiday with the Tuscany coast for a chance to see some of the country’s diverse landscapes – from cities through rolling green landscapes and to the golden sands of the beach. And for a cosmopolitan city with Medieval architecture and a cool café culture around the university, try a Siena and Pisa multi centre holiday.
To discover everything Siena has to offer, book our Palio di Siena short break. You’ll try some of Tuscany’s most delicious cuisine, visit UNESCO-listed sites and see the famous horse race through the centre of the city on this three day itinerary.
High on the list of things to do in Siena is a food and wine tour. Visit some of the beautiful vineyards in the areas surrounding the city before tasting wines perfectly paired with local delicacies. Our experts recommend visiting the Azienda Agricola La Lastra vineyard or the Cantina in Piazza, which is a small enoteca (wine shop) found in the maze of pretty streets in the town itself. Alternatively, learn to create your own authentic dishes in a class at the Lella Cooking School.
Culture lovers should visit the Piazza del Campo, which is fringed by the tall, warm stone buildings Siena is well known for. Siena Cathedral and the Piccolomini library each have beautiful, intricate designs both inside and outside, giving you a fascinating sense of the area’s artistic history.
Tuscany’s beautiful landscapes are home to rich, fertile soil and an excellent climate for local produce, as well as unique varieties of wines. It’s a foodie’s paradise, and offers a glimpse into the spectacular cuisine Italians are so proud of.
For a hearty yet delicate starter, begin your meal with crostini di fegato, which is a small, crunchy bread topped with a chicken liver spread. The spread is made from anchovies, capers, sage leaves, butter and chicken liver which create a riot of flavours and a smooth, creamy texture. More traditional varieties include saffron, which is grown in the surrounding regions.
No trip to Italy would be complete without a pasta dish, and each region has its own special variety, cooked in many different ways. One of Siena’s most traditional is parpadelle sulla lepre, which consists of thick ribbons of pasta topped with a hare sauce. It’s ideal as a hearty meal and provides a creamy, rich taste of the wildlife which can be found in the centre of the country.