I'm thinking of trying the university for foreigners in sept. 2014 to study Italian. Anyone been to this school? What was your experience? I went to the same university in Perugia a few years ago and had a beautiful time. Just wondering about Siena..
We are considering renting, directly from the owner, a villa at Borgo Chiusa, which is advertised as being just outside Siena. Does anyone know this property? If so, is it nice? Thanks for any help you can give!
Hi there! We are leaving Rome on a Sunday and finding it difficult to rent a car - all closed - so thinking next best option is train from Rome to Seina, then taking a taxi to our hotel outside Seina (10KM away), and returning Monday to rent a car. Thoughts? Our hotel is 10KM from Seina - we were going to rent a car for four days to get to Orvieto, Assissi, etc. Thoughts and suggestions are so very welcome! Thanks in advance. -
We would like to find a 1 day tour in the Chianti region from Siena on a Sunday in October. Internet searches didn't help much so far. Anyone could recommend either a tour/excursion company or even a guide that could offer it ?
Hi everybody!! Which is the best way to go from Pisa to Siena? How many days to spend in both cities? Thanks a lot for your help!!!
HI can we stay outside sienna and cycle to it ?? Where would be the best place to stay outside the walls that is near enough to cycle also? I am there with my daughter for five days only and would love to see the country side also . Is it very hilly to cycle or would it be ok. Would you say that a scotter would be better or more dangerous
Salve ! Would love to see Pienza via bus from Siena ( my fave city with this my 5th trip ! ) Are the buses reliable and how often per favore ? Grazie mille, Peggy
Does anyone know about what buses will get you from Siena to Assisi? I checked on the Sitabus.it website and it says that there's a bus available this Saturday leaving at 5:30. However, when I checked for the October 12 date that I want, there's none available--I've also emailed the Sitabus info site and they also say that there's no buses connecting the two cities--is that true? Or is the website just not updated for a later date?
Thanks for the help!
Can you recommend a company that will provide a small van and driver in Siena, to help explore the hill towns of Southern Tuscany?
Can someone tell me in which contrada the Hotel Athena is? I am staying here for the Palio in August. I would like to attend one of the blessing of the horses - any info is appreciated.
Hello! We will be staying in an agriturismo near Siena for three nights in June, and we will be travelling there from Rome after having spent four nights in Rome. I'm trying to work out the logistics of what we want to do in my head and I am having troubles. Basically, we will be renting a car to get us to the agriturismo and spend the next two or three days driving all around Tuscany. BUT, I would also like to spend four or five hours exploring Siena's city center while we are there (since parking is apparently a nightmare, it made sense to me to have a time in Siena first, and rent our car after we're done). It seems to be working down to three options:
1) Take the train from Rome to Siena - good because the train station is close to the car rental place. Leave our two backpacks in storage lockers somewhere, bus into town, enjoy Siena, bus back down and take our car and leave.
2) Take the bus to Siena - good because it is less hassle and arrives in the middle of Siena. Don't really know what we would do with our packs all day (unless there are lockers somewhere in the city center), then take a bus down the hill to the car places, rent our car and leave.
3) Rent a car in Rome, drive straight to our agriturismo, then try and find parking and deal with the hassle of actually getting into Siena while already possessing our rental car.
Things to take into consideration are neither of us has ever been to Italy or driven in Europe before -- having our introduction to European driving being a three hour journey out of a huge city is daunting to me, to say the least. It seems like a lot of back and forth to rent the car in Siena (train station to town to train station to rental place, etc..., since from what I've read it's tough walking to Hertz or wherever from the train station due to the busy streets between them) -- but it can't be THAT bad can it? Any advice?
I will be in florence for 3 days in February 2013 and was wondering would you go to Siena on Sunday or is everything closed. .....
We,ve been in Italy now 12 days.. Going to Siena Monday, any good feed back..ps....we left Venice today and because of the rain the streets had 1 1/2 ft. Of water for 3 hours. Not that was an experience getting to train station.......great place
Is Siena a bike friendly town or is it too crowded? Thank you.
Has anyone ever bought tickets to see AC Siena play? I would like to go to a game in April and am having a hard time figuring out how I could buy tickets ahead of time, if they are even available. Any insight would be great!
Hey guys, I need a place to stay in Siena from january 1st till january 2nd. So, do you know any hostels or other cheap places there? At january 2nd I'm going to Siena University (Piazza Carlo Rosselli, 27/28), so maybe some place close to that.
Where is the best place to rent a car in Siena? We are staying in a B and B near San Francesco Church and know that AutoEurope has an office on Via Simone Martini which doesn't look too far away. Europcar has an office on Viale Europa but I can't find that street on our map. Any ideas?
I am trying to get to Siena from Bellagio. I am traveling with my 84 year old mother and am trying to avoid taking 3 trains to get to Siena. Is there a shuttle or a private service that is reasonable that will take me to Siena. Need help. I will be in Bellagio on the 13 of June. Thanks so much SE
Has anyone stayed in the Convent Guest House in Siena before and what was your experience?
We will spend three nights in Siena with day a trip to Florence and another day trip to San Gimignano/Volterra. We are on a Globus tour which includes some sights but don't want to miss the "must-see or do" sights.
Hi, I will be in Siena on a language course for a week from the 8th to the 13th. The Palio start their trials on the 12th. I am not sure if I should stay for the final ceremony on the 16th. This mean I would cut my stay in Rome down to only two days...I fly out on the 19th of August.
Is it worth staying or will I get a feel for the festival through the trials.
Another option is to leave for Rome on the 13th and then come back for the 15th and 16th....but it is a 3 hour trip both ways.
In the beginning stages of planning a 10 day trip to Italy with 3 other couples and a guide as driver. Have only been to Italy twice for 2 short trips - Rome and Florence and loved it. We are interested in exploring the Tuscany area for a good portion of the trip then coastal north or south for the remainder (early planning). Anyway, the Quintessential Villa (sp?) was mentioned as a good home base in Tuscany = from there Florence, wineries and maybe Lucca. Has anyone ever been there? Thoughts?
We are going to be in Sienna for 4-5 days in May. We were thinking about renting a car for a day or two to see the countryside and few of the hill towns. Any recommendation on car rentals in the area?
Fun stuff to see out in the countryside?
I am planning a trip to Italy in April 2011 and would like to know what the average price is for motorcycle or motor-scooter hire is per day? I am planning to rent motor-scooters/cycles in the cities of Bologna, Siena and Florence. Please advise.
We'll be staying in Siena for at least one week and plan to take day trips within Tuscany. We love taking the bus and trains in Italy, enabling both of us to enjoy the scenery and meeting such friendly and fun people. We're also not fans of being a part of a "herd" and prefer to see and explore at our own pace.
When in Rome last year, we purchased a monthly Lazio pass that allowed us unlimited travel on trains, buses, metro and tram through 2 zones. What a bargain! I'm hoping to find something similiar in Tuscany and Umbria.
I found the Siena Mobilita site and would like some help in understanding the passes they offer. The first is the Extra Urban Provincial services. For example, they list a 6-day pass up to 60KM for 21 Euro. Does this mean unlimited travel on bus or train anywhere within a 60KM radius from Siena? What's the difference between the Tariffe base and the Autolines Siena-Chiancino?
Or do I want the Extra-urban regional services like Autolinea Siena-Firenze, Autolines Siena Arezzo? Or perhaps the Pegaso Pass?
Are there similiar alternatives in the Umbria region? We're thinking about visiting Perugia, Arezzo, Gubbio, Assisi. Would any of these be a good base ?
Any and all suggestions for towns to visit via bus or train are most welcome!
Planning a one day car trip to Sienna from Florence.
Please inform me which is the main autostrada to follow and the adress of a parking near city center.
I cannot trust just google maps!
Hi, I'm going to Siena on January 2011. I've read the other responses regarding the weather. I just want to read the confirmation about how humid and rainy it will be. Will it be snowing? then a goose down jacket might not be helpful? I need to know what to take because I will not be able to buy stuff in Siena. Thank you in advance for your information.
When I was in Siena more than ten years ago, I bought two beautiful posters, "battenti toscani" and "porte toscane." Owing to my own stupidity in not putting UV-resistant glass on them, the "porte toscane" one has faded badly. I am hoping to replace it. Any ideas?
I was in Siena this summer and I'm looking for information about the "art wall" of tiles between the escalators from the parking place and the old town. Does anyone have any information about this? Concept? Artists? Etc.
All the postings seem to indicate that the Sena bus route works well between Rome and Siena, but I am wondering if their schedule has recently changed. When I try to look at travel on the dates I am interested, their site says that no matches have been found. Does anyone know if this bus has been discontinued and/or if there is an alternate bus?