Honey-colored Siena is Florence’s more beautiful and friendly Tuscan sister. You probably know about the Duomo Cathedral and Piazza del Campo, Europe’s preeminent medieval square and nowadays venue of the annual Palio horse race, but there’s so much more to see here. The great pleasure of Siena is in getting lost among the streets and emerging into the sunlight of unknown Piazze. The architecture is breathtaking, whether Churches or Palazzi. You’ll find astounding art within the Duomo, the Museo dell’Opera, the Libreria Piccolomini and the Museo Civico, where is located a 600-year-old town hall. If painting is your kind of thing, don’t miss the Pinacoteca Nazionale.
Shopping is a must. The city’s delicatessens and street markets will tempt you with regional meats and cheeses, while more lasting souvenirs can be found among various shops selling jewellery, ceramics, silk ties, hats and scented candles. When it all gets too much, just take a seat and order a glass of wine.