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Siena is one of Tuscany's best known destinations. Primarily recognised for its infamous Palio. The town has much more to offer and certainly ticks all the boxes for those looking for culture, excitement, gastronomy - in fact pretty much all the ingredients of a successful Italian sojourn. Our advice - do your research for the best places to stay in Siena - it should ensure a comfortable bed and hopefully one with a view.
What not to Miss
- The centre of hilltop Siena is a bit like an open air museum of divine Gothic architecture. From the marvellous liquorice all-sort stripes of the Duomo to the soaring heights of the Torre del Mangia bell towner which overlooks the the wonderful arc of the Piazza del Campo. Climbing the Torre del Mangia is definitely an unmissable experience, there are 300 steps and only 25 people are allowed up at the same time.
- Below the tower is the City Hall, which contains the famous frescoes by Ambrogio Lorenzetti’s Allegories of Good and Bad Government amongst others. The Piazza is also bordered by the Piccolomini Palace, which is a classic example of Florentine architecture and now home to Siena’s archives.
- The Pinacoteca Nazionale has an extraordinary collection of Sienese art - important because of how it compares to contemporary Florence just 70kilometres away. The Museale Santa Maria della Scala is another must-see fine art museum.
- As well as incredible churches and museums and galleries this part of Siena is also populated with boutiques, pastry shops, cafes, gelaterias and restaurants.
- If you want to see the whole city, not just the museum area around the Piazza, then you’ll need to walk over the city’s three hills. It may be taxing, but will justifie the amount of gelato you’ll probably want to eat while visiting.
- Siena’s Il Palio, the colourful and borderline crazy horse race which is run through the centre of town on the 2nd of July and the 16th of August annually, has been a visitor attraction since it started in the 17th century. The contest is between Siena’s 11 contrade, or districts, and people are extremely loyal to their own, so it’s quite a dramatic and passionate event. It’s great to see, but does take place during the hottest part of the year.
With such a lot on offer, this area is very popular so to secure a bed in one of the best places to stay in Siena be sure to book ahead.
Room with a view
- If a view of the town centre is a must on your list of requirements then the Campo Regio Relais is the hotel for you. This romantic and stylish hotel has some of the best in town. Settle yourself on the terrace with a glass of something local and peer wonderingly at the 14th century Duomo or simply over the rooftops of this beautiful town. The rooms here are individually decorated and if you feel like pushing the boat out, go for room number 5 - a luxurious treat with four poster bed, antique furniture and of course those spectacular views.
- Certosa Maggiano is a stunning 17 room hotel converted from a former monastery with established vineyards. The individually decorated rooms were monk’s chambers, but they certainly don’t feel like that now, not with the large bathrooms and chic furnishings. The cuisine is outstanding, as are the views across Siena.
- Frances’ Lodge Relais is an intimate, serene hotel overlooking Siena with just six unique rooms and a secure garden rife with the floral scents of jasmine and lily of the valley. There’s also a pool.
- The Grand Hotel Continental is Siena's grand dame and indeed the only five star property in the area. It boasts sumptuous rooms, floor to ceiling frescoes and an unbeatable location just steps from the Piazza del Campo. Dripping with priceless antiques and marble galore, it is the epitome of classy luxury and provides attentive service to match. If you can drag yourself away from the elegant surroundings the staff will be happy to organise truffle hunting, hot air ballooning or whatever takes your fancy really!
- Located outside Siena, but in a beautiful spot with fantastic views of Siena and the surrounding hills, the Hotel Le Fontanelle is a five-star property surrounded by olive and lemon groves and vineyards. There are 25 beautifully decorated rooms and suites and fantastic dining and spa facilities.
- Frances’ Lodge Relais is an intimate, serene hotel overlooking Siena, with just six unique rooms and a secured garden rife with the floral scents of jasmine and lily of the valley. There’s also a pool.
- Campo Regio Relais also has six rooms and splendid views over Siena - you’re closer this time. The decor is elegant and spacious and each room has been individually decorated with antiques and parquet floors and four-poster beds. Breakfast is served on a beautiful terrace.
- Borgo Scopeto Relais is a chic hotel overlooking Siena. There are 58 large rooms and suites, decorated with transitional materials, plus a lovely garden filled with olives and oak trees. There are two pool, tennis courts and a great Tuscan restaurant. There’s also a plethora of activities and Vespa rental onsite.
- Owned and run by the same family since the 1920s the Palazzo Ravizza is a pensione located just outside the historic centre of town. Its thirty bedrooms ooze old world charm and elegance - think tiled floors, wooden beams and arched ceilings. Another plus for an Italian hill top town is the free and secure parking - a bit of a rarity these days. There is no restaurant, but with so much choice a short walk away, who cares!
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- Pisa Airport is Tuscany’s largest, and the most convenient for Siena. It’s well served by both the low-cost carriers and the big international airlines. From there you can take the train to Siena.
- If you want to hire a car - which we highly recommend if you’re staying in Siena and want to see more of Tuscany - we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.
- Siena isn’t as busy as Florence, but up here on the top of the hill it really bakes during summer, and so, despite that fact that this is one of the most popular times of year to visit, it’s definitely not the best. Autumn, which is quieter, and cooler in a balmy sense, is a great time as there’s some great food in season as well. Although Il Palio dose happen in the summer.
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Best Hotels in Siena
Campo Regio Relais 6 rooms from £167Siena, Tuscany
Romantic, stylish hotel furnished with antiques and enjoying splendid views over Siena. Elegant and spacious individually decorated bedrooms with parquet floors, four poster beds, antique furniture and beautiful fabrics. Lovely breakfast terrace. A romantic spot from which to explore Siena.Sights nearby - Conveniently located for the Piazza del Campo, one of Europe's most beautiful and architecturally interesting squares.Great walks - Wander around the streets of the Medieval town and absorb the architecture and beauty.Views - Stunning views over the DuomoHouse party feel - Be prepared to meet people.Recommended by - Sawdays
Hotel Le Fontanelle 25 rooms from £307Siena
A wonderful Five Star property surrounded by olive groves, lemon trees and vineyards. Homely accommodation spread through a hamlet-style setting. Each room and suite is beautifully decorated, some with private balconies and views. Fantastic restaurant and spa facilities.Intimate - The hotel is built as a hamlet so that accommodations are homely rather than hotel-like.Outstanding location - Stunning; surrouned by vineyards, rolling hills, and lemon groves.Country Escape5* Luxury - Very high service standards.
Borgo Scopeto Relais 58 rooms from £225Siena Vagliagli
A chic hotel overlooking Siena. Large rooms and suites blend contemporary style with traditional materials. Lovely views from the garden filled with olive and oak trees. Great traditional Tuscan cuisine, spa, 2 pools and tennis courts. Perfect for a weekend of relaxation and exploring.Country Escape - A plethora of activities available from tennis, spa, swimming, cycling, Vespa rental, wine tours, and walking toursSwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoorViews - Great views from hotelGreat walks - Good for walkers.Recommended by - Tablet
Frances' Lodge Relais 6 rooms from 182Siena
An intimate and serene hotel overlooking Siena. Unique rooms in the Limonaia, or Lemon House, with traditional textiles, large bathrooms and views. Secret garden featuring jasmine, lily of the valley and outdoor pool. Siena and other sights close by. Perfect for a laid-back weekend.Local exploring - Town of Siena, 'magic triangle' wine region, tennis, riding, hot air balloon and trips to Rome and FlorenceViews - Over SienaRestrictions on childrenSwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoorRecommended by - Sawdays
Castel Monastero 61 rooms from £406Siena
Castel Monastero is a magnificently restored 11th century hamlet turned exclusive hotel and spa, in the peaceful Tuscan hills. Elegant rooms and suites, pool, wellness centre and two restaurants provide the ultimate in luxury relaxation.Sights nearby - Situated between Siena and Arezzo and ideally located for exploring many Tuscan villagesCooking classes - Book a class and learn to create the Castel's own gourmet dishes at homeSwimming Pool - There are three swimming pools, both indoor and outdoorFull of characterRecommended by - Tablet
Certosa di Maggiano 17 rooms from £292Siena
A stunning hotel set in a former monastery amongst vineyards. Bespoke rooms are former monks chambers, with chic furnishings and large bathrooms. Games and cigar room, library, garden and pool to enjoy. Outstanding Italian cuisine and views across Siena. A luxurious and relaxed weekend for couples.Foodies - Il Canto restaurant is internationally awarded; Lella Cesari's cooking school, offers discovery of medieval Tuscan recipesCountry Escape - Set in former Carthusian monastry, offers a real sense of peace, with gardens, pool, spa and Tuscany to exploreSights nearby - Siena, Chianti, San Gimignano, Volterra, Firenze, Pienza, Montalcino or Montepulciano.Views - Over SienaRecommended by - Tablet
Castello di Casole 41 rooms from £351Casole d'Elsa, Tuscany
Elegant and Traditional Tuscan mansion set in 4,200 acres of bucolic rolling countryside. Original Tuscan frescos, Murano chandeliers and flagstones floors. Beautiful suites with views, gorgeous pool, superb cuisine. Pack your linen, silk and cashmere for Bellinis on the terrace while the sun setsSuites - The Limonaia suites, in the coverted lemon barn, have their own gardens, sitting rooms and split level layoutSpa - The luxurious Essere spa in the vaulted converted wine cellars offers pools, steam rooms and treatment roomsRestaurant - Ristorante Tosca serves typical finely tuned Tuscan dishes and there's also the less formal Pazzia PizzeriaViews - Stunning panoramic views over the surrounding countrysideRecommended by - Tablet, Mr & Mrs Smith, CN Traveller, Kiwi Collection
Grand Hotel Continental, Tuscany 51 rooms from £275Siena, Tuscany
A concoction of grandeur, elegance and luxury. Sumptuous rooms include stunning floor to ceiling frescoes, terracotta floors, period furniture and artworks. The restaurant is elegant and the menu is dining. Tuscany is on your doorstep: a perfect romantic getaway.Great walks - Explore the Orto Botanico dell'Università di Siena - bontanical gardens kept by the University of Siena.Sights nearby - Steps away from Piazza del Campo and the Duomo.Views - Great views from hotelFull of characterRecommended by - Tablet, Kiwi Collection
Palazzo Ravizza 37 rooms from £83Siena, Tuscany
Family-run, quiet, and elegant. hotel with stunning views and classic interiors has a history of its own. Old-world elegance - tiled floors, wooden beam, arched ceilings, some with fireplaces - make up the rooms. Manicured garden showcases a fantastic valley view - a romantic spot.Sights nearby - Located in the historic centre of Siena close to the cathedral.Great walks - The Tuscan countryside is beautiful, serene and calm.Full of characterViews - Great views from hotelRecommended by - Frommers
Borgo Argenina 4 rooms from £149Gaiole In Chianti Siena, Tuscany
A charming borgo not far from Siena and with views over rolling countryside and vineyards. A selection of rooms, suites, and three self-catering houses (sleep 5 max), all in rustic style with plenty of character. Fabulous table d'hote, cooking lessons, swimming pool, and shady terraces.Families - The three cottages are perfect for families or groups of friends. (sleep 2-3, and 4-5).Views - Stunning views over vineyards and hillsides.Country EscapeSights nearby - Siena is not far away.Recommended by - Sawdays, Fodors
Il Battistero 7 rooms from £100Siena
Elegant and luxurious, Il Battistero is superb hotel in the heart of Siena. Combining delightful rooms with a magnificent location, this hotel is a great base from which to explore the charms and wonders of Siena.Local markets - Explore the bustling street markets of Siena.Sights nearby - A stone's throw from Siena Cathedral.Lively area - In the thick of the action.Romantic - Good for couples.
Relais Borgo San Felice 33 rooms from £263Siena
A stunning country house surrounded by its own vines and parkland. A hilltop position with fantastic valley views. Sumptuous elegant rooms and suites with lots of space and big bath tubs. Fantastic Mediterranean restaurant, billiards, tennis, wine tasting, swimming pool, and views for miles. Wow!Good wine list - Excellent choice from the hotel's own vintages.Wine tasting - The hotel is surrounded by its own vineyards.Foodies - Fantastic Mediterranean cuisine.LuxuryRecommended by - Relais & Chateaux, Tablet