Siena is a city of contrasts, from medieval treasures found within its historic walls to modern shops and facilities located around the city. Enjoy the quite streets or experience Palio preparations, races and celebrations which go on in the main squares for over half a year. Siena is divided into separate districts, Contrade, as it was in medieval times. The fierce rivalry that exists between them is played out each year in the Palio, a bareback horse-race that is run on the main piazza, the Campo, in July and August. Siena is a small international student city with many places to go and things to do in the free time - from bars and clubs to restaurants and pizzerias; from theatres and cinemas to museums and art galleries. Sometimes it appears as if life in Siena hasn’t changed for centuries. The walls that enclose this exquisite medieval city seem to have protected and preserved its culture, as well as its architecture, and local traditions are proudly upheld.

How to arrive

By car: Autostrada A1 to Rome, exit Firenze Certosa. Then follow the indications on the free road for Siena.

By train: national rail network (Eurostar and Intercity lines), Station of “Siena”.

By plane: Firenze Airport “Amerigo Vespucci” (77 kms), Pisa Airport “Galileo Galilei” (164 kms), Roma (373).