'My songs reflected a lot the provincial world of a girl, living in Siena, with all its inside histories - Gianna Nannini a singer from Siena once said.
Siena is a city in Tuscany, Italy. Well-known for its food, art and medieval centre it's not hard to see what attracts visitors. The city of Florence is a mere hour away from here, and it is well placed for travelers who want to explore the Tuscan countryside. The Palio horse race is a well-known event which takes place here twice a year during the summer months, and is widely televised and watched by many. There are many hotels in Siena for visitors to choose from, ranging from the low end to higher end Siena hotels.
Staying in Siena on a Budget
There are no shortage of cheap hotels in Siena. There is the option of Hotel Italia which promises a hotel where guests can feel at home. It is in a great location not too far from the centre, and has been recently renovated meaning the interior is bright and modern. Hotel Chiusarelli is set in a villa in the centre of Siena, it is a mid-sized hotel with forty-eight rooms. All rooms are ensuite, equipped with a shower or bathtub. There is also a restaurant within the hotel and a buffet breakfast served in the morning on the veranda. The Hotel Duomo is one of the great cheap hotels offering affordable accommodation in an amazing setting. It is located in an interesting mansion building, and the interior is an interesting blend of old and new. It is a small hotel with twenty rooms, some of which have a great view of the Cathedral. Air conditioning is provided in the rooms and free wifi too.
Luxury in Siena
Hotel Athena offers four star luxury to those looking for great Siena hotels. Set amidst beautiful scenery, guests have stunning views of the countryside. The hotel has an on-site restaurant called the 'Il Mangia' restaurant, which serves traditional fine Tuscan food in a luxury setting. The Grand Hotel Continental is a five star hotel in the centre and surrounded by the medieval ancient city. Stunning interiors include priceless artwork and plush, elegant bedrooms. The hotel is set in a seventeenth century former aristocratic house. The building has an interesting history and was originally built as a wedding gift. It is in a great location just a short stroll from the major sights of Siena.
Many of the hotels in Siena are located close to the major sites. The top things to see include the historical centre of Siena, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The 12th century Siena Cathedral is worth a visit too, and is a romanesque-gothic architectural wonder, great to photograph! The Piazza Del Campo is the much visited and picturesque town square, and the Palazzo Pubblico, the eye-catching gothic town hall, should also be on any itinerary of this city.