• Siena

    Secret Tuscany: Siena’s Hidden River and How To Find it

    Pigeon drinks Fonte Gaia

    Concealed far below the graceful streets of the hilltop town of Siena lies the mysterious Bottini river. It helped make this hilltop Tuscan town great, yet few have ever laid eyes on it. Find out how it all began – and how you can see it for yourself With its prime location on top of three hills, Siena seems to have it all. Yet for centuries, it lacked one vital component – fresh water. In the Middle Ages, engineers solved the problem by carving 25km of tunnels beneath the town. Known as the ‘Bottini‘, this marvel of engineering still supplies Siena with water today.  A vast underground river, it’s a…

  • Siena,  Travel Tips

    How to get to Siena

    Siena from Orto dei Pecci

    Siena’s city centre is largely pedestrianised, so it’s a great city to visit with public transport. It also has some good parking spots on the outskirts of the city from which you can walk or bus in. Here’s our advice for getting to Siena. Closest Airports to Siena Florence, Perugia, Pisa, Bologna and Rome are the closest airports to Siena, in that order. Pisa airport is the most popular for flights within Europe, while Rome is the most likely airport of arrival for US and Canadian visitors.  Florence Airport (FLR) Perugia Airport (PEG) Pisa Airport (PSA) Bologna Airport (BLQ) Roma Fiumicino Airport (FCO) Roma Ciampino (CIA) How to get to…

  • Culture,  History,  Siena,  Tuscan Cities

    Map of Sights and Museums in Siena

    Map of Siena

    This is an idiosyncratic and personal map of what to see in Siena. There is more conventional google map at the bottom of this post, but this is a map I sketched and it’s my feeling of how Siena hangs together. There are two centres of power, the religious and the secular. The focal point of religious power is the Cathedral, built on the highest point of the city. The focus of secular power lies lower down, in the “Piazza del Campo“, literally the “square of the field“. The famous shell-shaped square is divided into 9 segments, to represent each of the members of the “consiglio dei nove” who ran…

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