A trip through Siena, San Gimignano and Chianti Country takes in a typical Tuscan countryside, some great small towns, a beautiful medieval city, the home of the Palio, and the Manhattan of Italy. The trip makes for another full day in the Italian countryside!
A beautiful medieval city, a stunning duomo and the historic squaresetting for the Palio the famous horse race in July and August. Visit the weeks prior and after to savour the atmosphere and the rivalry of the various quarters of the city. The museo next to the Duomo has a panorama which is in itself worth visiting the museo for. A breathtaking view of the rooftops of Siena and the surrounding countryside.
For a selection of places to eat all good value try any of the following
Osteria Le Logge our favourite( close Sun)
Via del Porrione 33 ( off Piazza del Campo) - Tel 0577 48013
Antica Hosteria Cane & Gatto ( close Thursday)
Via Pagliaresi 6 - Tel 0577 333879
Hosteria La Chiacchera very informal, in summer eat outside on the steep pavement
Costa di S.Antonio 4 ( close to S. Caterina) 0577 280631
In Piazza del Campo there is a great Cafe/bar with table on the square called Il Campo . We like it , even if can be a bit touristy. Just sit have a drink in the sun and enjoy the world pass by.
Approximately half and hour from Siena, San Gimignano is worth a visit just for the medieval towers which once made it Italys answer to Manhattan. For those who dont like crowds San Gimignano may be best viewed from afar to take best advantage of its skyline.
Either on the way to or back from Siena, take a drive through Chianti countryside and stop off at any number of idyllic small towns. Radda in Chianti, Greve, Castellina in Chianti to name but a few. Alternatively set aside a whole day to explore this delightful area at a more leisurely pace. You can always visit again if you dont have time on this occasion!