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11 Reasons for falling in love with Siena, Italy

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 11 reasons why you will fall in love with this wonderful place in Tuscany.


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1. Siena is a town of secrets

You will always find some new undiscovered corners. Siena has medieval architecture at its best. I found a hundred-years-old water reservoir on my last day there. Not that surprising but the fun fact about this story is that it was just about 5 meters from my daily route.

So keep your eyes open!

View of Siena, Italy
Siena from downstairs

2. Il Palio in July

They have Il palio in Siena every July. Adrenaline-pure event is every year’s climax of featuring the fascinating self-administration Contrada system.

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il palio
It won’t get more exciting than this. Image by Anastasia Borisova on Pixabay

3. Il Palio in August

Yes – they have Il Palio also in August – all that excitement twice a year!!! Featured even in a James Bond movie!

the contrada system is the fundament for il palio
These are the Contrade of Siena – you can find those small hints everywhere!

4. Siena is still very Italian

Most tourists come in the morning and leave in the evening – the city remains very Italian. I could admire the stunning Siena’s Duomo almost every morning and late evening completely alone.

Duomo - evenings and mornings are the best!
Duomo – evenings and mornings are the best!

5. Weather doesn’t matter

It’s magical in good as well as in bad weather. While sunny days make Siena look almost like cliché commercial poster promoting Italy. Rainy days add to the aura of a mystical medieval town. And watching heavy rain from the inside of Museo Civico? Unforgettable!

The town from the roof perspective
The town from the roof perspective

6. Siena is a city made for walking

You can walk everywhere, the city is not too big and there are only a few cars within the city walls (you need special permission to drive in the historical centre).

7. OMG, the food!

Everything is delicious in Tuscany. From the filling ribolita soup to the very yummy panforte di Siena. Try it all.

Ribolita soup. Yum!!
Ribolita – you know you want to try it!

8. Siena is the wine capital

Siena is the heart of the Chianti Classico region, heart of the larger Chianti area. Which is the heart of Tuscany, 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.

Chianti Wines
Some wines from the region

9. It’s strategically located

It is wonderfully located. If you want to see other Tuscan gems like Florence, San Gimignano, Monteriggioni, Lucca, Arezzo or Monte Oliveto, you can get there within an hour or two. Unless you ride a unicycle.

And it’s not even that far from Cinque Terre.

Monteriggioni, Dante's Inferno, viewed from Via Francigena
Monteriggioni, Dante’s Inferno, viewed from Via Francigena

10. It’s good for your health.

Siena is a very up-and-down town, fun in spring, not much fun on hot Tuscan summer days. But still very beneficial for your fitness status.

Your body will thank you. Eventually.
Your body will thank you. Eventually.

11. The best place to learn Italian

It has Saena Iulia, the language school where you can learn Italian. It’s located inside of one of the oldest palazzo in Siena, literally next to the Duomo.

Speaking from my own experience – Saena Iulia has caring people who love to teach, and who love Siena. It was a pleasure to spend time there!

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