Siena, Italy

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Siena is the capital city of the province of Siena, Italy and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  It is one of the most visited cities in Italy and is well-known for its fine dining, medieval architecture, museums and the Palio horse race that takes place twice a year. 

The history of Siena dates back to sometime between 900 and 400 BC.  The Etruscans are believed to have been the first inhabitants and responsible for the first forms of irrigation which transformed the otherwise less fertile land into farmlands. As local agriculture improved, so too did the general conditions that lead to this city becoming a main tourist destination in Italy.  While the hotels in Siena tend to fetch a fair price, cheap accommodation in Siena can be found in the form of hostels and establishments with fewer stars and amenities.

Wine and Food in Siena

One of the most entertaining and educational experiences that one can have in Siena is to enjoy a cooking class or two.  Learning to prepare traditional meals will give you the chance to both enjoy the meal and learn how to prepare it.  Make notes and impress your friends back home with your new culinary knowledge!  Ecco La Cucina hosts cooking classes at a 900 year old stone mill and is one of the most popular choices among toursts.

Learning to cook your own meals will also mean less dining at the hotel's restaurant itself.  There is no need to pay for prepared or set meals when you could rather book an apartment in Siena, shop at the local markets and prepare some creative delicacies yourself.  Making your own food will help you save a great deal of money during your holiday and booking cheap accommodation online will mean even more great savings.

Don't forget that Tuscany is also wine country and you simply have to treat your taste buds to some of the local bouquets.  There are plenty of wine shops and establishments that offer wine tasting.  Pick up a few bottles to enjoy while on holiday and take one or two home for yourself or a loved one.

Things to do in Siena

The Siena Cathedral is one of the most popular local religious attractions and receives over one million visitors every year. 

If you wish to see the famous Palio horse race, it is held in July and August in Piazza del Campo.  Make sure that you check local listings for the exact date and book your holiday accordingly.

The 1325 Mangia Tower (Torre del Mangia) is another popular attraction and heading up to the observation deck allows visitors the chance to really appreciate the fine city below.  It is over 290 feet high and is a magnificent structure in itself.

Educational, historic and religious sites are plentiful in Siena and planning your trip in advance will ensure that you can enjoy as many of the local attractions as possible.  In addition, visitors can also plan their budget and the length of their stay according to their very own itinerary.