Siena is one of the most historic cities in Italy. The city is a part of the popular Tuscany hill towns that attract thousands of tourists from different parts of the world. Siena is an ideal location for spending a weeklong family holiday. The city has many cultural attractions like historic museums, art galleries, and old cathedrals that contribute to the glory of its medieval cityscape. Our weekend trip to Siena was perhaps the most memorable part of our Italy tour. The best spots in the city are listed below:
- Siena Cathedral
The historic Roman cathedral was built in the 13th century and is a fine example of medieval architecture which is a combination of Classical, Romanesque, and Italian Gothic style. It is one of the most popular monumental sites in Italy that attracts over 1 million tourists every year. The facade of the church is designed with black and white marble and mosaic. Some of the major attractions of the cathedral are the Museo dell ‘Opera, the Baptistery, and the Crypt.
- Santa Maria Della Scala
Santa Maria Della Scala is a museum housed inside a historic building that used to be one of the oldest hospitals in Italy. It is believed that the hospital was originally founded by a cobbler in 898. The place acquired fame for nursing orphaned children, pilgrims, and the homeless. As of today, the museum preserves antique paintings, altarpieces, and frescos that date back to 14th century. A visit to the museum would definitely help you in learning the rich culture of this historic city.
- Torre Del Mangia
The oldest tower in the city, Torre Del Mangia attracts thousands of tourists from different places in and around Italy. The tower was built in 1325 and houses the famed Chapel of the Piazza. The long climb to the top of the tower is a rewarding experience and you can enjoy the breathtaking view of the entire city. If you enjoy sightseeing, you should definitely come here.