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  • Type: Neighborhood/Area
  • Time to Spend: More than Full Day
Overall Rating: 4.5 (4.6)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Food Scene: 4.5 (4.5)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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Siena vies with Florence for the title of the most charming city in Tuscany. While Firenze is known for its Renaissance influence, Siena exemplifies the Gothic era, and you'll find that near-pristine Gothic architecture fills the city. One of Siena's main attractions is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site: The breathtaking Piazza del Campo is a city square that sits at the base of three majestic hills. While you're there, climb to the top of Torre del Mangia (a part of the Palazzo Pubblico) for an awe-inspiring view of Siena.

As for museums, visitors find the Museale di Santa Maria della Scala and the Museo Archeologico are each worth a few hours of their time. And when it comes to churches, recent travelers recommend visiting several: the Siena Cathedral (or Il Duomo) for its beauty; the Cathedral of the Assunta for the surrounding landscape; and the Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore for its wine cellar. 

And if you need a break from the city, head to any of Siena's termes. Often overlooked, Siena has numerous thermal hot springs and baths dating back to the time of the Etruscans and Romans. The Termes di Siena are said to have therapeutic and natural healing properties and are surrounded by rolling hills and breathtaking landscapes.  

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