The historic center of Siena is picturesque, charming, and not very big. You could explore the whole thing on foot pretty easily. But if you’ve spent your whole vacation walking through cities, you might be in the mood for a break. So here are a few ways to tour Siena on two wheels, to give your feet a little rest and to give yourself another perspective on this Tuscan city.
Let’s say that you’ve decided to stay in Pisa instead of Florence for your trip through Tuscany. You’re intrigued by the historic university, and you want to see what’s in the popular day trip destination that everyone else misses when they don’t spend the night. Of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t take a few day trips yourself. Nearby Lucca is the perfect day trip from Pisa.
Siena is often a day trip destination from Florence, but of course there’s no reason the reverse can’t be true. Many visitors love the setting of the smaller Siena historic center, and the city can often feel peaceful at night after the day trippers have left. So, if you’re making Siena your home base, why not consider a few day trips from Siena instead? Here are a few of the best options.
When you’re planning a trip through Tuscany, most people will suggest you stay in Florence for a few days, making that your home base for exploring the region. Because most people are getting – and following – that advice, however, Florence can be crowded and expensive year-round. If you’re looking for something different, you might consider staying in Pisa instead of Florence. This option isn’t for everyone, but here are three great reasons to make Pisa your Tuscan homebase.
Pisa is by far the most popular day trip option for people visiting Florence. That leaning tower is too powerful an allure to skip when you’re already so close. But when your time in Florence is limited, you don’t need to take an entire day (or even half a day) to go to Pisa. You can make it a short pit-stop on your way to Florence.
You’ve probably heard of the Palio in Siena, that bareback horse race staged in the Piazza del Campo in the historic center. It’s one of Tuscany’s most famous festivals, and was even featured in the 2008 James Bond film, “Quantam of Solace.” But what you may not realize is that there is not one but two palios run each summer in Siena.