Siena Travel Guide - Day Trip Plan: I went to Siena, a city in Tuscany, from Florence on a day trip. I have to say that I love Siena. It is such a charm and relaxing place to relax and enjoy the feel of a small Italian town with quintessential charm.
Getting to Siena is fairly easy and I went there by bus. The bus is run by SITA and one way trip took a bit over an hour. I bought the ticket directly at the bus station. The bus took me all the way to the heart of the town. From there, the famous Piazza del Campo is within walking distance.
You can simply follow the crowd and won’t miss it. From Piazza del Campo, you can go to other attractions on foot.
Although it did take me a bit of walk to get to some places which were a bit far away, such as Church of San Domenico, the distance was totally manageable and the walk was also enjoyable. When I slowly wander around, I came across some unique alleys, small local churches and etc, which I didn’t know at all. I totally enjoyed the non-touristy and local experience.
Piazza del Campo is the centre of Siena and a perfect place to relax for a drink and do some people watching. If you do have time, you should get on the tower of Palazzo Pubblico, Torre del Mangia, for a commanding view.
Following picture is the town’s emblem: a she-wolf suckling infants Romulus and Remus, which could been in many places throughout the town.
Siena Cathedral (Dummo) is the highlight of Siena. I spent around an hour inside the Cathedral, which surprisingly has a lot to see. I remembered that there were another two adjoining attractions. One is a museum and the other is called Facciatone, which visitors can climb to the top for a commanding panorama view. Each of which charges a separate fee for entrance. Due to my time limit, I only bought the ticket to enter the main Cathedral.
Below is the Nave and Dome
Below is the beautiful Piccolomini Library ceiling.
After visiting the Duomo, I took a 30 minute walk to go to Church of San Domenico. On my way there, I passed some charming small streets and visited several small cathedrals. There were not many tourists on those streets and small cathedrals, making the entire area become so serene.
Finally, I arrived at Basilica of San Domenico, Church of San Domenico. The interior was rather plain, compared with other churches with splendid paintings. The highlight of this church is the Chapel of Saint Catherine with parts of relics of Saint Catherine. I took a slow walk around. Before I left the church, I couldn’t help taking a picture of such a serene statue of Saint Catherine of Siena.
In the later afternoon, I returned to the same place where I boarded the SITA bus back to Florence. One thing to note is that I found the bus ride was always very interesting, which not only gave me a chance to become a temporary local but also let me see the non-touristy side of a city.
Note: I have to point out that what I enjoyed most is to simply walk around in the town. The streets are charming. You might consider intentionally getting lost and do your own discovery, as far as you remember where the central square is.