All tourist information about Siena

Here is some information to keep in mind when planning your trip to Siena

Siena is a municipality in Tuscany,capital of the province of the same name and head of the Terre di Siena territorial ambit.

It is located in the heart of Tuscany, about 75 km from Florence, 125 km from Pisa and 70 km from Arezzo. Siena is one of seven places in Tuscany that have been on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites since 1982: The historical center of San Gimignano also appears on the list, that of Pienza and the landscape of the Val D’Orcia. All places in the province of Siena.

Tips from the Sienese

If you want to sleep in Siena you will find several solutions among hotels, b&b in the center and outside the walls as well as agritourisms and rural houses in the beautiful Sienese countryside.

Living in the historic center of the city of the Palio allows you to breathe traditions, folklore and legends: a stay in the b&b palaces is actually transformed into a high-level cultural experience in all respects because, from morning to evening, you will be able to appreciate the historical memory of Siena, ‘hidden’ in the neighborhood stores, in the main tourist attractions that encircle the heart of the old town, in the taverns, in the Local craft boutiques.

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Local transportation in Siena

How to get around in the city of the Palio? The best way is definitely on foot. Siena is one of the most striking medieval cities in Italy. Here, time seems to stand still. Ideal destination for those who love to walk discovering, step by step, its beauties.

To get to the historic center, it is also possible to use public transportation either classic buses or the Thumbelina, a mini bus suitable for the narrower streets and roads of the city center. For complete information on schedules, routes, and costs of rides in Siena, you can consult the website of Autolinee Toscane

By train

Siena station is located about 2 km from the city center .

If you are coming from the north, there are direct trains leaving from Santa Maria Novella station in Florence.

If you are coming from the south, in addition to Chiusi, there is a direct connection to Siena from Grosseto station.

By plane

The nearest airports are Pisa's "Galileo Galilei" and Peretola Airport at Florence.

From these two cities you can reach Siena by train.

By bus

There are bus connections mainly from Florence with Autolinee Toscane, but also from Rome, Bologna, and Milan . The latter connected thanks to private companies that
cover long distances and thus also extra-regional routes.

By car

For those coming from the north, drive along Raccordo Autostradale Siena-Firenze, which can be reached from the A1 by taking the Firenze Certosa exit.

For those coming from the south: take the A1 towards Florence, reach the Valdichiana exit. To get to Siena, take the Raccordo Autostradale Siena-Bettolle.

For those coming from Grosseto: drive along the Siena-Grosseto state road.

How to get to Siena

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Sustainable tourism in Siena

 Siena is the first Italian city of art and worldwide to be certified as a sustainable destination according to the criteria of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC-D).

A journey that began at the end of 2021, undertaken by the City of Siena,  to achieve the international sustainable tourism certification, a goal achieved in February 2023 thus confirming the ability of Siena to combine art history, nature and culture in a sustainable and responsible way. 

It was, in fact able to promote tourism in a conscious manner, respecting the environment and keeping local traditions alive. Siena has demonstrated innovative solutions for managing and promoting tourism, including creating responsible tourism programs, promoting local businesses and encouraging walking and cycling tourism.

A commitment, that of Siena, concrete and proactive toward environmentally sustainable tourism.  

“To the poetic combination of soft slopes, sun-drenched vineyards and rows of cypress trees, the territory of Siena with its valleys complements a superlative artistic heritage. The area can count as many as four UNESCO sites (Siena, San Gimignano, the Val d’Orcia, Pienza) plus a plethora of charming villages, medieval abbeys, and ancient strongholds. Contemporary art is also developing strongly, especially in the Elsa Valley.

And Chianti, the handkerchief of land between Florence and Siena, is a meeting place of poetry and nature, a small enchanted world where white roads cross verdant hills and lead to the discovery of villages, fairy-tale castles, and solitary abbeys surrounded by vineyards. The landscape is constantly changing, and all routes hold pleasant surprises.”

cit. Lonely Planet Guide


The oldest fountain in Siena Fontebranda is Siena’s most famous medieval fountain, located in Terzo

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