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Shopping in Siena

Siena is full of enticing Tuscan food shops, chic boutiques and quirky craft stores. Tuscan treats, such as oil, wine, pastries and cheeses, are the best buys, though the most transportable are Sienese pastries. When footsore, retreat to a café to sample the best.

Exotic spices reached Siena along the Via Francigena pilgrims' route, and still find their way into the medieval recipes used today. Visit Antica Drogheria Manganelli, Via di Città 71 for panforte (Italian fruit and nut cake) and ricciarelli almond biscuits.

Consider getting wine shipped home. The Enoteca Italiana in the Medici fortress on Piazza Liberta showcases Tuscan wines and sells famous drops like Chianti Classico, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Brunello di Montalcino and Vernaccia di San Gimignano. The wine centre is open Mon-Tues 1200-1930, Wed-Sat 1200-2400.

Key areas

The main shopping streets are Via Banchi di Sopra and Via di Città. Don't expect glitzy malls, shopping centres and outlets. Sienese shopping is like the city: low-key and small-scale.


The main market curves around the Fortezza Medicea on a Wednesday morning. Browse for cheap clothes, leather bags and foodstuffs. The melancholy Piazza del Mercato hosts an antiques market every third Sunday.

Shopping centres

On Piazza Matteotti, Oviesse department store sells inexpensive clothes. Porta Siena shopping centre is on Piazzale Carlo Rosselli, facing Siena train station. Although open daily, it is uninspiring, but handy for the supermarket. Given Siena's heritage concerns, there are no shopping centres in the historic centre.

Opening hours

Most shops are open 0930–1300 and 1530–1930. Many close on Monday morning.


Bianco e Nero, Via dei Fusari 21, is a quaint shop for quirky Sienese ceramics made by local potter Sonia Staccioli. The glazed pots gleam in bold shades of blue, green and apricot.

Tax information

VAT, Value Added Tax (known as IVA) is paid on goods. Refunds are available to non-EU citizens on some goods for personal use but it is a lengthy process. The shop needs to be part of the Tax Free Italy programme and to provide you with a stamped Tax Refund Receipt. Reimbursement can be claimed at the Italian Customs office.

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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.

Hotel Alma Domus

In the heart of the city centre, this hotel is actually part of ancient compound containing the Sanctuary of Saint Catherine. Watch the world go by from your balcony or take in the wonderful views of the cathedral. Rooms are basic but not shabby. Free Wi-Fi and a continental breakfast also included.

Campo Regio Relais

Renovated in 2012, this boutique hotel oozes style and luxury from its six well-appointed rooms. On a quiet cobbled street in the medieval old town, marble floors, frescoed walls and antiques abound. There are fabulous views from its terrace and from many of the rooms too. Enjoy a tot of grappa from its honesty bar.

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.