Yes, I realized this after I came back from my Tuscan trip. If you stay in Siena long enough, and your heart is not made of rusting razor blades, the city will remain in you forever. I’ve collected a few reasons why I think so:
1. Siena is a town of secrets, you will always find some new undiscovered corners. It’s medieval architecture in its best-I found a few-hundred-years-old water reservoir on my last day in Siena, just about 5 meters from my daily route. Always look around.
2. They have Il palio in Siena every July. Adrenaline-pure event is the every year’s climax of having the self-administration contrada system.
3. They have Il palio in August as well – all that excitement twice a year!
4. Most tourists come in the morning and leave in the evening – Siena remains very Italian. I could admire the stunning Siena’s Duomo almost every morning completely alone.
5. It’s magical in good as well as in bad weather. Watching heavy rain from the inside of Museo civico? Unforgettable!
6. You can walk everywhere, the city is not massive and there is only a few cars within the city walls (you need a special permission).
7. Everything is delicious in Siena. From the filling ribolita soup to the very yummy panforte di Siena. Try it all.
8. As I wrote earlier, Siena is the heart of the Chianti classico region, heart of the larger Chianti area. Which is the heart of Tuscany, the Italy’s heart. For wine lovers, it’s like being inside of your own birthday cake accompanied by a pole dancer holding another birthday cake.
9. It is wonderfully located.If you want to see another Tuscan gems like Florence, San Gimignano, Monteriggioni, Arezzo or Monte Oliveto, you can get there within an hour. Unless you ride a unicycle.
10. It’s good for your health. Yes, it is – Siena is very up-and-down, fun in spring, not much fun on hot Tuscan summer days.
11. It has Saena Iulia, the language school where I learned Italian. It’s located inside of one of the oldest palazzo in Siena, literally next to the Duomo. Caring people who love to teach, and who love Siena, it was a pleasure to spend time there!