Centred around the UNESCO-listed city of Siena, the Province of Siena encompasses the hilly landscapes of Tuscany’s south-east. It encompasses part of the former Republic of Siena, a historic state that existed from 1125 to 1555. The Province of Siena is home to the historic hill towns of Montepulciano and San Gimignano and the sprawling vineyards where Chianti is produced.
Things to do in Siena
World-renowned architectural landmarks, atmospheric ruins and little-known rural villages - the Province of Siena promises all of this and more.
Sightsee in Siena. Centred around the fan-shaped square of Piazza del Campo, Siena is a historic banking hub in the heart of Tuscany. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is home to the Gothic-style Pubblico Palace with its soaring Torre del Mangia, from where you can enjoy sweeping views across the city. Don’t miss a visit to the black and white-striped Duomo di Siena, which is renowned for its mosaic floor.
Visit the ruins of San Galgano Abbey. Dating back to the 13th century, this Cistercian monastery lies in the Merse Valley between the towns of Chiusdino and Monticiano. Wander between the roofless walls of its Gothic-style church and admire the frescoes by Ambrogio Lorenzetti before paying your respects at the tomb of the locally born saint, Galgano Guidotti.
Explore the slopes of Monte Amiata. Rising to 1,736 metres, Monte Amiata is an impressive lava dome that can be explored on foot, by bicycle or on horseback. Visit one of the historic villages that dot its fertile slopes and feast on the local specialties, chestnuts and mushrooms. You can learn about the area’s industrial past at the fascinating Mining Museum of Monte Amiata.
Getting around Siena
Florence Airport is the main aviation gateway to the Province of Siena and has flights to destinations across Europe. Trains connect from cities across Tuscany to the Siena railway station while buses travel to smaller towns and villages throughout the Province of Siena. Renting a car is the most convenient way of getting around the region.