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Travel to Siena

Flying to Siena

The nearest airport to Siena, Siena-Ampugnano Airport, is currently little more than a military airfield. There are plans to upgrade it into a new international airport, but until then the closest airport to the city is Florence Airport, some 79km (49 miles) away.

Airlines offering flights via Florence include British Airways, Alitalia, easyJet and

Flight times

From London - 2 hours 15 minutes; New York - 12 hours 30 minutes; Los Angeles - 18 hours 50 minutes; Toronto - 12 hours 50 minutes; Sydney - 21 hours 25 minutes.

Travel by road

Italy has an excellent network of motorways (autostrada), designated by 'A'. Traffic drives on the right and the minimum driving age is 18. Speed limits are 50kph (31mph) in urban areas, 90kph (55mph) on ordinary roads, 110kph (68mph) on dual carriageways, and 130kph (81mph) on motorways. All motorways are tolled.

Dipped headlights are compulsory outside built-up areas during the day. All vehicles must carry a red warning triangle. All those without an EU licence must carry an International Driving Permit.

The Automobile Club d'Italia (ACI) (tel: +39 06 491 115; provides a useful advisory service and can deal with breakdowns.

Emergency breakdown services

ACI: (tel: +39 803 116).


The SS2 motorway connects Siena to Florence, as does the slower, but prettier, A222 or Chiantigiana (Chianti route). The S326 connects Siena to the A1, which runs south to Rome.


Major coach operators include SENA (tel: +39 0861 199 1900; and TRAIN (tel: +39 0577 204 111; Services depart from the central bus station on Piazza Gramsci, in the city centre.

Time to city

From Rome - 2 hours 30 minutes; Florence - 1 hour 15 minutes; Pisa - 2 hours.

Travel by Rail


There are good rail links to Siena, including services running from Pisa (via Empoli) and Rome (via Chiusi) and Arezzo. Nearby, Florence has direct services to Milan, Pisa and Genoa as well as Paris, Munich and Brussels. Siena station is 2km (1.2 miles) outside the city at Piazza Fratelli Rosselli.


Trenitalia (tel: +39 06 6847 5475; is the national rail company, which runs a fast, efficient and good-value service throughout Italy. You can buy tickets online and just show the PNR number on your phone. If you buy paper tickets, you must validate by stamping them in the yellow machines on the platform before boarding.

Journey times

From Florence - 1 hour 30 minutes; Rome - 3 hours (with change); Pisa - 1 hour 45 minutes (with change).


All public buses that arrive at Siena railway station go to the city centre. Alight at either Piazza del Sale or Piazza Gramsci. Alternatively, there is a taxi rank just outside the main exit. If there are no taxis waiting, call Taxi Siena (tel: +39 0577 49222;

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Featured Hotels


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.