1-800-454-5922 Toll Free
Email Address
Password

Shopping, Parking & Getting Around

  • Shopping

    The main shopping streets are Via Banchi di Sopra and Via di Città. Don’t expect glitzy malls and shopping centres. Sienese shopping is like the city: low-key and small-scale. Siena is full of tempting food shops, chic boutiques and quirky craft shops. Tuscan treats, such as oil, wine, pastries and cheeses, are the best buys. The Wednesday morning main market curves around the Fortezza Medicea, the Medici fortress and La Lizza. Browse for cheap clothes, leather bags and foodstuffs.

  • Nannini

    The most famous place for panforte is both a bar and pastry shop, and run by the family of pop star, Gianna Nannini. Panforte, a spicy Sienese cake, used to be considered a Christmas or festive treat but is now eaten all year round. The intense flavours are created by the mix of honey, almonds, hazelnuts, candied orange peel, and a secret blend of spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg.

    Address: Bar Conca d’Oro, Banchi di Sopra 24, 53100 Siena
    Web: www.pasticcerianannini.it

  • Pasticceria Bini

    This pastry shop occupies what was supposedly Duccio’s workshop, which explains the wide medieval doorway, needed for the artist to transport his masterpiece, the Maesta, to Siena cathedral. Come for ricciarelli, small, almond biscuits, which are far lighter than panforte.

    Address: Via Stalloreggi 91, 53100 Siena

  • Antica Drogheria Manganelli

    Carved into the former stables of a patrician palace is another exotic shop for Sienese delights. Founded it 1879, this shop sells Sienese pastries. Exotic spices reached Siena along the Via Francigena pilgrimage route, and many find their way into the medieval recipes still used today.

    Address: Via di Citta 71, 53100 Siena

  • Parking & Getting Around

    To savour Siena, simply trust your feet, remembering that the city is hillier than it looks.  Siena is mostly pedestrianised so walking is one of the city’s greatest joys. Conversely, Siena is a nightmare for drivers so the car is best deposited in a car park for your visit. Medieval Siena was not designed for cars. The city is in a ZTL system (Limited Traffic Zone) so closed to most traffic in the historic centre. Car parks lie outside the city walls. The recommended one is Parcheggio Stazione (Piazzale Fratelli Rosselli) for the train station but also the centre, via a city bus (Tiemme service) that leaves every 15 minutes for the centre. There is also Parcheggio Il Duomo (Via del Nuovo Asilo) for the centre. Two other car parks, San Francesco and Santa Caterina/Fontebranda, have escalators going into the centre. For full parking information, see www.sienaparcheggi.com

  • Train, buses and taxis

    Siena isn’t on a major train line so buses are generally a better bet. And the train station is less central than the bus station on Piazza Gramsci. If arriving by train (www.trenitalia.com) from Florence, you often have to change at Empoli. If arriving from Rome, change at Chiusi. Frequent buses connect Siena and Florence (1¼ hours, T: 0577 204111, www.tiemmespa.it) as well as San Gimignano, Montalcino and Montepulciano.  Only use public transport if visiting Florence or the lovely hill-towns and wine estates around Siena. The main taxi rank is on Piazza Matteotti. Tipping is not expected.

Experience an official tuscany tour with

Private tour of Vinci birthplace of Leonardo

We want to show you the birthplace of the great genius Leonardo who was born in Vinci, a small medieval village surrounded by green Tuscan hills. We'll help you to learn more about him and all his interests, even with a complete tour of the museum dedicated to the great Genius up to his birthplace throught the hills of Vinci

from 191,31 US Dollar

Small-Group Chianti and San Gimignano Sunset Trip from Siena

On this afternoon and evening tour from Siena to Chianti and San Gimignano, explore the beautiful Chianti region – an area rich with dense oak forests and cypress trees – and discover its famous wine cellars. Then head to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of San Gimignano after the day’s crowds have dispersed. During the sunset, dine in a beautiful farmhouse overlooking the San Gimignano towers and the rolling, vine-covered hills.

Numbers are limited to eight people on this small-group tour, ensuring you'll enjoy personalized attention from your guide.

from 179,35 US Dollar

Small-Group Skip the Line Best of Florence Walking Tour with David and the Duomo

Florence is packed full of world-famous sites and this Best of Florence Tour is designed to let you see them all (and learn the stories behind them) in just a few hours. During a guided walking tour of the city, you’ll see Florence’s most iconic sites like the Piazza della Repubblica, Piazza della Signoria, and the Ponte Vecchio bridge. Skip the line into the Accademia Gallery to see Michelangelo’s David and the unfinished Slaves.

from 70,55 US Dollar

FIRST TIME IN FLORENCE GUIDED WALKING TOUR

Let your self be guided to discover Florence’s secrets. 
Whether you are visiting Florence for the first time or you were here in the past, this guided walking tour will give you a special insight into its history and its actual trends. Your guide will show you all the most important squares, statues, old palaces, bridges (such as Ponte Vecchio!), but also the Oltrarno district - one of the coolest places of all Europe - so that you will discover everything you need, to plan other visits inside museums or churches.

from 19,13 US Dollar
Villa finder