Your travel guide to Siena
If you're organizing a European city break to Siena in July or August you're in for a real treat! On July 2nd and August 16th each year the Palio takes place and the city is full to the brim with Sienese and tourists alike who come for a glimpse of this exciting horse race around the main square in Siena (Piazza del Campo). Siena is transformed into an array of colored flags representing the different contrade (a type of team dating back to medieval times), with a heightened atmosphere and real sense of old Siena.
If you are visiting Siena for the Palio, make sure you book your Siena Italy hotel well in advance as the best Siena deals get snapped up right away! Those doing it on the cheap may be looking for Siena budget accommodation, either a cheap Siena hotel or a Siena b&b to accompany your cheap flight to Siena of which there are many with Meridian or you can get a cheap flight to Pisa and then get the train from Pisa to Siena.
The historic center of Siena is an experience in itself, full of wonderful architecture and cute cafés where you can sip fine Italian coffee and eat delicious Italian ice cream to your heart's content. The historic center has in fact made the UNESCO a World Heritage Site list, showing just how significant it is. The main square (Piazza del Campo) is home to Palazzo Pubblico, with its Torre del Mangia and various other buildings.
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