EXPLORING SIENA AND ITS SURROUNDINGS
Siena is taking on an increasingly important role in planning a vacation in Tuscany, this is due to at least three factors. First of all, the location, Siena is right in the heart of Tuscany, very close to the main attractions offered by the region. Pisa is 1 hour and 30 minutes away, Florence is only 50 minutes away, the Tyrrhenian coast is just over 1 hour, as is Arezzo and the wonderful villages of nearby Umbria.
Another factor which makes Siena an ideal destination for a holiday in Tuscany in 2019 is the concentration of wonders scattered throughout its city and provincial territory: the historic center needs no introduction, it is one of the largest and best preserved in Italy. Inside you will be able to admire artistic excellences such as the Civic Museum, the Cathedral, the Opera Museum, the Santa Maria della Scala, the Pinacoteca Nazionale, Piazza del Campo, the Basilicas of San Francesco, San Domenico and dei Servi, just to name the most famous (to learn more read the article about museums of Siena). No coincidence that the historic center of Siena is Unesco heritage. Leaving its walls you can immerse yourself in the beauty of a very varied territory: a few kilometers to reach San Gimignano (Unesco heritage), Pienza (Unesco heritage), and Montalcino in the splendid Val d’Orcia (guessed, UNESCO heritage). Yes, you read that right, 4 sites make Siena the province with the highest number of Unesco awards in Italy, which is the country with the highest number ever in the world with 54 sites. However, the places to visit around Siena do not end there: Volterra, the Chianti with the famous wineries and the pretty villages, Monte Amiata, San Galgano, are equally extraordinary places.
The third factor that makes Siena the city to choose as a base for visiting Tuscany is tranquility. Despite being lively, rich in cultural, artistic and gastronomic initiatives, as well as fervently lived by the locals, Siena does not have the typical difficulties of the big cities, it is absolutely on a human scale. Here you can relax away from traffic, chaos and stress, in total safety.
A one-week itinerary in Tuscany? Choosing Siena as a base you could spend a minimum of 2-3 days discovering its historic center, and other days exploring its beautiful surroundings, such as: Chianti and San Gimignano, Val d'Orcia and Montalcino or the Val di Chiana and Montepulciano (perhaps even visiting the wineries of these territories). You can also spend a day visiting the neighboring cities, spending 1 day in Florence, or in Pisa and Volterra, or instead relax in one of the spas in the area: Rapolano Terme, Bagno Vignoni, Bagni San Filippo or Petriolo. You can easily move by car, motorbike, bus, train or private driver.
If you choose to stay at the Hotel Palazzetto Rosso, your vacation in Siena will be truly unforgettable: you will stay in a charming boutique hotel in a thirteenth-century building, you can reach any point of the historic center on foot thanks to our very central location, you will be attended by a staff ready to fulfill your every wish. Furthermore, you will have no worries if you arrive by car, thanks to our parking and valet service. We are waiting for you!