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Getting around Siena

Public transport

To savour Siena, simply trust your feet. The city is mostly pedestrianised, so walking around is one of its greatest joys. It is hillier than it looks though, so invest in a pair of designer trainers, Sienese-style.

The limited Pollicino bus service, operated by TRAIN (tel: +39 0577 204 111;, mainly covers areas outside the city walls but passes through a few central streets too. Tickets are available from tobacconists or the La Lizza information centre. You can also buy a day pass for city bus travel within the central zone (Tariffa A Urbana) from the tourist information office.


Siena's main taxi rank is on Piazza Matteotti, and there is another outside the train station. The reputable Taxi Siena (tel: +39 0577 49222) can be booked over the phone. Tipping is not expected.


Medieval Siena was not designed for cars. The city is closed to traffic but visitors with hotel reservations are generally allowed to drive in, if only to park. A number of car parks lie outside the city walls. The most convenient are Parcheggio Il Duomo on Via del Nuovo Asilo (for the centre), and Parcheggio Stazione on Piazzale Fratelli Rosselli (for the railway station).

Car hire

Drivers must be at least 23 years old to hire a car and all drivers without an EU licence must carry an International Driving Permit. For competitive quotes, check the usual suspects online, otherwise try Hertz (tel: +39 0577 45085; and Europcar (tel: +39 0577 288 938;

Bicycle hire

DF Bike (tel: +39 0577 271 905; is a reliable bicycle rental and repairs company. Elsewhere, Siena Bike Tour (tel: +39 377 670 4235; has electric bikes to hire.

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Featured Hotels


Hotel Santa Caterina

Set just outside the city walls, at the Porto Romano gate, this small friendly hotel has medieval Tuscan charm and is furnished with antiques. There is a lovely garden, as well as a conservatory where breakfast is served. If coming by car, remember to book a parking space when reserving the room.

Hotel Garden

This hotel complex, situated around a 17th-century villa on the outskirts of the city, is convenient for business travellers. Set in parkland, it features a swimming pool, tennis courts as well as conference and banqueting facilities. You can also enjoy a terrace bar and cable television in every room.

Grand Hotel Continental

This 5-star hotel, conveniently situated on the city's smartest shopping street, has colourful frescoes in many of the sumptuous rooms: a reminder that it was once a wealthy family's villa. The SaporDivino restaurant is considered one of the best in the city.

Certoso di Maggiano

This former monastery on the outskirts of Siena is now a luxurious hotel with just 17 rooms. Founded in 1316, it has airy, vaulted rooms. Set in 30 acres of grounds, Certoso di Maggiano has a heated outdoor pool, tennis courts, Renaissance chapel, a vineyard and a helipad.

Hotel Italia Siena

Well situated for those arriving at the city by train, this friendly 3-star hotel is set outside the city walls and is convenient for drivers as it has a few private parking spaces. Rooms are clean and bright, and its superior and executive rooms have soundproof windows.

Hotel Athena

Inside the historic centre, just a 10-minute walk from the Piazza Campo, this smart hotel boasts a rooftop terrace where you can enjoy a cocktail and watch the sun turn Siena's buildings rose-coloured. Rooms have tiled floors, many also have balconies, and there is free Wi-Fi throughout.