Travel and Culture in Tuscany
Siena is situated 322 mt above the sea level, in the heart of Tuscany. It has kept its typical medieval appearance untouched, with narrow alleys and noble palaces, surrounded by a beautiful hill landscape.
Siena is an ancient medieval town, that was born on three hills and was enclosed by walls. Still today, it welcomes its visitors with this motto, written on the Camollia Door: “Cor Magi tibi Seni pandit” (Siena opens its heart to you, even more than its door).
The undisputed symbol of the town is the tower Torre del Mangia, in the renowed Piazza del Campo, that has been the theatre of the Palio for many centuries.
The identity of the Sienese province is composed of no less than thirtysix villages and eight areas of touristic interest. The chief town is Siena, a casket of rare and untouched art, which has succeded in maintaining a perfect harmony between its reality as a city and the surrounding countryside.
It is possible to reach Siena by different means of transport : by car, arriving in Siena from Florence, you can take either the main road Chiantigiana (SS 222 – 72 km), that crosses the Chianti hills, or the clearway (SS 2 clearway Siena/Firenze – 68 Km).
If you arrive from the South, you can take the motorway leaving from Rome (A1 Roma – Firenze, exit sign Valdichiana) and then road n.326 (Bettolle-Siena-240 km).
For those who prefer flying, the Ampugnano airport is situated 9 km away from Siena and, at the moment, connections even with Olbia, Vienna and Munich are possible.
Otherwise,if you want to plunge into the Sienese nature and enjoy a peaceful atmosphere, you can choose the Treno Natura, a picturesque steam engine train, which offers a seasonal service by running through the Sienese countryside, following a special route (Siena-Asciano-Monte Antico-Siena).