What to do and see in Province of Siena, Tuscany: The Best Budget-friendly Things to do

September 26, 2021 Madelene Haan

The Province of Siena (Italian: Provincia di Siena) is a province in the Tuscany region of Italy. Its capital is the city of Siena.
Restaurants in Province of Siena

1. Piazza del Campo

Piazza del Campo, 53100, Siena Italy http://www.enjoysiena.it/it/attrattore/Piazza-del-Campo/
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5.0 based on 14,045 reviews

Piazza del Campo

Siena's main square is the site of the famous Palio horse races that take place in July and August.

Reviewed By Y7972VAmichaelh

The vast bustling Piazza del Campo in Siena is famous for the Palio horse races which attract thousands of visitors each year and must be a truly awesome spectacle. This is a most interesting city to explore for the spiders-web of streets that circumnavigate the Piazza lead to quite unexpected places, shops, churches and beautiful vistas. A photographers dream where sunlight and shadow enhances the beauty of the architecture at all times throughout the day. Siena is a must, and don’t cut your visit short for there’s much to see and do.

2. Duomo di Siena

Piazza del Duomo 8, 53100, Siena Italy +39 0577 283048 [email protected] http://www.operaduomo.siena.it
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5.0 based on 11,597 reviews

Duomo di Siena

The magnificent complex of the Cathedral of Siena, its Duomo, houses a series of some of the most important monuments of the European artistic panorama. With its more than one million visitors every year, the Cathedral without a doubt represents the fulcrum of the entire complex, while other significant elements include the Crypt, the Baptistery and the Museo dell'Opera, all part of the impressive mass formed by the "Duomo Vecchio" (Old Cathedral), and the "Duomo Nuovo" (New Cathedral). Visitors will travel along a memorable itinerary to the discovery of self and the truth of faith through culture and art, the result of more than a millennium of Western history.

Reviewed By Iowares - Des Moines, United States

We walked over to the ticket office to get the tickets for the Duomo, museum, Baptistry and Crypt, and we were blown away with our tour guides! We have seen all the major churches and Cathedrals in Italy, and many of the lesser-knowns, too, and nothing comes anywhere close to this one! Each has it's own unique style, but this one was the most memorable for me! The interior tour was brilliantly executed and our tour guides made us feel like private guests getting a unique inside tour! I could go back every day and see something new! They cover different parts of the floor at different times, so one would need to go at different times to see it all.

3. Guardastelle Vineyard

Localita Sovestro, 53037, San Gimignano Italy +39 0577 907209 [email protected] http://www.guardastelle.com/wine_tasting_cellar_tour_san_gimignano.html
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5.0 based on 694 reviews

Guardastelle Vineyard

Welcome in our house! Walking distance from San Gimignano, one of the most important towns of Tuscany, during the wine tour you'll discover a part of Tuscany that few people knows. You'll understand how is the countrylife in this part of the world. Please check our website for detailed info and email us for reservation and/or questions and special requests. We wait to welcome you, as private or group. Reservation required to tour the farm.

Reviewed By 301karimam

We were so well taken care of by Fausto and Rikkaa. This is a family owned vineyard that makes some incredible wines. We had a great stay here for 2 nights and wished we had booked longer. Fausto helped us with everything from making reservations to recommending masseuses and restaurants. Rikkaa is very well versed sommelier who gave us great winery recommendations as well. However, with all the wines we tried in the region, we liked Guardastelle's wine the best and already bought 6 bottles shipped home!

4. Podere Il Cocco

Podere IL COCCO, Località Villa a Tolli, 53024, Montalcino Italy +39 347 080 9712 [email protected] http://www.ilcocco.it
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5.0 based on 390 reviews

Podere Il Cocco

Small organic family business that produces wine, olive oil and grappa. Our services are only by reservation: wine tasting, and restaurant can be booked every day , except sunday. Please contact us at least 24 hours in advantage. We are three brothers and one sister and to provide the best service to our guests we need a reservation because we can not be available in any moment of the day. We will be glad to host you . Have a nice day. Giacomo, Domitilla, Stefano and Ettore

Reviewed By saamram

My husband and I visited Il Cocco in 2016, as part of a 10 day trip to Italy. We had an amazing experience, and loved their wines. We recently ordered a case of their wine, as we had finished the last of the case we ordered while we were visiting, and want to support this amazing family business during a time of need. The ordering process for shipping a case was extremely easy over email and used Paypal to pay, and Giacomo was very helpful in getting everything sorted out. We can't wait until our case of wine arrives!

5. Centro Storico di Siena

Piazza Del Campo, 53100, Siena Italy http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/717
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5.0 based on 2,424 reviews

Centro Storico di Siena

Reviewed By asiyahnoemik - Pula, Croatia

A fantastic city that left us speechless. The historic center of the splendid Tuscan city is a treasure trove. Thanks to its urban and architectural characteristics, the historic center of Siena is a testimony of man's creative genius, and concretely expresses the artistic and aesthetic human capacity. Furthermore, the original example of figurative civilization, in architecture, painting, sculpture and urban planning, has determined an important cultural influence not only in the territory of the Republic of Siena, but also in Italy and Europe, in particular between the thirteenth and seventeenth centuries . This is why Siena is one of the most excellent examples of an Italian medieval and Renaissance city. And above all, this is why she entered, with good reason, to be part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This is, in fact, the era when numerous artists had the opportunity to express their art here and the city was adorned with wonderful monuments, such as the Duomo, the Palazzo Pubblico and the Torre del Mangia. Piazza del Campo is the same where the famous Palio takes place. Full of restaurants and bars, it is famous for its characteristic trapezoidal shape, downhill towards the center, where the Gaia spring is found, a copy of the fifteenth-century work by Jacopo della Quercia. All around the square stand out the monumental buildings including Palazzo Sansedoni and Palazzo Pubblico. The height of the Torre del Mangia, which dates back to the forties of the fourteenth century of 102 meters, is equal to that of the bell tower of the Cathedral to symbolize the balance achieved between divine and earthly power. At the foot of the tower stands the Piazza Chapel, a marble tabernacle with splendid sculptures inserted in the Gothic niches. Even in addition to Piazza del Campo, however, it is a riot of art and architecture with the succession of churches, including San Domenico, San Francesco and Santa Maria dei Servi, and, of course, the spectacular Duomo, one of the greatest examples of Roman style Italian Gothic. Built around the 12th century, it has a Latin cross structure, a dome, a bell tower and its facade is all in white marble with red Siena and green alternations. Its interior houses precious works by Bernini, Donatello, Michelangelo and Pinturicchio.

6. Poggio Amorelli

Localita Poggio Amorelli, 53011, Castellina In Chianti Italy +39 0577 741373 [email protected] http://www.famigliamazzarrini.it
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5.0 based on 749 reviews

Poggio Amorelli

FAMILY PASSION The strength to realize a dream Through the dream and the work of Marco Mazzarrini , Tuscan oenologist and agronomist to Castellina in Chianti in the farm Poggio Amorelli the Famiglia Mazzarrini prodution brand was born, serving high-quality wines bottled at the source, made following the ancient tradition of Tuscan chianti in a territory naturally predisposed to select vineyards. From the vine to the bottle, everything embodies the strong values of a family that, with infinite passion and great technical expertise, expresses, in its wine, the truth of a place, its people, and its culture.

Reviewed By timfmonson

My wife and I visited for our honeymoon and absolutely loved this experience. Great wine and balsamic (we still order a case stateside when we can), great staff and the brothers were charming and informative. Plus, beautiful views of Tuscany. HIGHLY recommend when you’re in Italy.

7. Podere La Marronaia- Sosta Alle Colonne

Via Martiri di Citerna 2 Podere le Colonne, 53037, San Gimignano Italy +39 0577 907265 [email protected] http://www.marronaia.com
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5.0 based on 647 reviews

Podere La Marronaia- Sosta Alle Colonne

Podere la Marronaia, a family story behind a bottle. Podere la Marronaia is a small familyrunned farm involved in the biodynamic method of cultivation of grapes and olives. Podere la Marronaia produces white, red and rosè wines and extra virgin olive oil. Wine and olive oil tastings are possible as well as farm visit.

Reviewed By durango2x - Wall Township, United States

the experience was wonderful, the staff(( Family ) wine tasting fresh homemade food , the charming family dogs , all perfect ….would recommend to family and friends …..Can't wait to go back

8. Torre del Mangia

Piazza del Campo 1, 53100, Siena Italy +39 0577 292342 http://www.comune.siena.it/La-Citta/Cultura/Strutture-Museali/Torre-del-Mangia
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4.5 based on 2,951 reviews

Torre del Mangia

The tower, more than 290 feet high, was constructed in 1325 by Minuccio and Francesco di Rinaldo, and has the Chapel of the Piazza at its base..

Reviewed By asiyahnoemik - Pula, Croatia

Torre del Mangia can be seen from almost all parts of the city. The civic symbol of Siena, it stands out in the Piazza del Campo next to the Palazzo Pubblico. Arriving at the main square, Piazza del Campo, we can immediately admire the beautiful tower and the palace next to it. The atmosphere in this beautiful square is beautiful. The reason for this is all the beauty of Torre del Mangia with all its buildings, palaces, fountains, restaurants and bars. At one point, I feel like the time has stopped and I am back in the Middle Ages. The construction of the tower was begun by the brothers Francesco and Muccio di Rinaldo in 1325 and completed around 1348. The tower was built to be exactly the same height as the Siena Cathedral as a sign that the church and the state had equal amounts of power. The tower is in red brick until the crown, while the upper part in travertine is the work of the Sienese sculptor Agostino di Giovanni, following the design by Lippo Memmi. In 1666, after several attempts of fusion, a large bell was put in, and the Sienese called it the “Campanone”, also called “Sunto” because it was dedicated to the Madonna dell'Assunta. The bell plays a notable role in the celebrations of the Palio. It owes its curious name of Torre del Mangia to the fact that the Municipality entrusted, from 1347 to 1360, to bellringer to be Giovanni di Balduccio to ring from the tower, nicknamed “Mangiaguadagni” (eat-the-profits), for his spendthrift tendency, idleness or gluttony. It was later replaced by an automaton, which, in memory of his first bellringer, was called Mangia. The remains of this automaton are now kept inside the Cortile del Podestà. At the base of the tower is the Cappella di Piazza (Square Chapel), built in 1352 as a thanks for the end of the terrible plague of 1348.

9. Collegiata di Santa Maria Assunta - Duomo di San Gimignano

Piazza del Duomo 2, 53037, San Gimignano Italy +39 0577 286300 [email protected] http://www.duomodisangimignano.it/
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4.5 based on 959 reviews

Collegiata di Santa Maria Assunta - Duomo di San Gimignano

Reviewed By K7787FEbrunol - Singapore, Singapore

Definitely one of the highlights of San Gimignano. Painted walls are just extraordinary and you can spend quite a while paying attention to all the details - special mention for the Hell one...

10. Castello di Brolio

53013, Gaiole in Chianti Italy +39 0577 7301 [email protected] http://www.ricasoli.it/
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4.5 based on 990 reviews

Castello di Brolio

Since 1141, the Ricasoli family has been making wines from the vineyards surrounding their estate, Brolio Castle, making it the world's oldest winemaking operation under continuous family control.

Reviewed By DrMarkV1985 - Aylesbury, United Kingdom

This castle is beautiful and has incredible views of the hills below it, and was the perfect setting for me to propose to my girlfriend! The winery associated with it is gorgeous as well and you get a free glass of wine there with your castle ticket. We are certainly going back someday soon!

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