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Nestled among Tuscany’s rolling hills is a medieval labyrinth of cobbled streets and burnt-orange houses; it is not difficult to understand why Siena’s historic centre has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Rich in history, art and ancient traditions, which continue to be honoured and celebrated, it is not only the city’s storied beauty that sets it apart.

After waking to the chimes of Siena’s spectacular 12th-century cathedral, wander through a warren of narrow streets flanked by frescos. Whilst stopping for an €1 shot of espresso and a chat, bear witness to processions of ornately decorated horses and patriotic, flag-waving Sienese troopers. Follow the tailing crowds of chanting civilians and you will be swept away in an extraordinary phenomenon. As you wind your way through a city built in the past, you will discover somewhere fit for the present. With its vibrant culture and Instagram opportunities on every street corner, it is only upon visiting this Italian gem that you can appreciate how the city of Siena is really like no other.

TO STAY

Albergo Bernini

Located in the quieter backstreets of Siena, this traditional family-run hotel is perfect for those willing to forsake a few luxuries for a superb location at a very reasonable price. Set in a historic building, enjoy a buffet-style breakfast overlooking the Duomo or watch the sunset over the city from its outdoor terrace with a glass of crisp Italian wine.

Hotel Santa Caterina

This charming little 18th-century hotel located just outside the city walls offers the best of both worlds; sweeping views across the Tuscan countryside and easy access to Siena’s historic centre through Porta Romana. Breakfast al fresco in the tree-shaded garden or take in the countryside views towards Montalcino from the terracotta=tiled rooms.

Antica Residenza Cicogna

Perfect for those with slightly deeper pockets, this medieval palazzo has been lovingly renovated into a beautiful family-run boutique residence. Standing in the heart of the city, no detail has been overlooked in the tastefully decorated rooms. Original frescos and characterful items add greatly to the hotel’s austere character. With an extensive buffet breakfast included, the shared lounge also has a fridge and offers complimentary Tuscan vin santo and cantucci biscuits – a truly Sienese stay.

Albergo Bernini

Hotel Santa Caterina

Antica Residenza Cicogna

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