Day Tripping in Siena:
So you’ve gotten your fill of gorgeous Florence and you’re interested in a day trip? Siena hands-down should be your next stop. The medieval buildings will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time and the cuisine will send you to your happy place. Solo female travelers won’t regret journeying outside of the city to enjoy a slower pace on their Siena day trip.
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How To Get To Siena
The easiest, quickest and cheapest way to get to Siena from Florence is to head over the bus station near the Santa Maria Novella train station. You have the choice between two bus lines: the rapid line which will get you there in 1 hour and 15 minutes, or the ordinary line which will reach Siena in 1 hour and 35 minutes. The cost of a one-way ticket is around 7.80€. Buses leave for Siena pretty regularly at a couple departures every hour and with how quick the trip is you’ll have no trouble getting to Siena at the time you want and soaking up as much as you can.
Trains to Siena leave the Santa Maria Novella station about once or twice an hour. A direct train will get to Siena in 1 hour and a half, but you should note that the Siena train station is a bit outside the center as opposed to the bus which will drop you right where the action is. The cost of a one-way ticket is about 14€.
What To Do On Your Siena Day Trip
Panorama dal Facciatone
The Panorama dal Facciatone is not for the faint-hearted but if you can brave the 131 steps to the top you will be rewarded with one of the most incredible views of Siena. The wait can take a while and it’s a pretty narrow space up there but it’s all worth it to see all of Siena stretched out before you. If you only do one thing on your Siena day trip, this should be it.
Piazza del Campo
The Piazza del Campo is Siena’s main square and it’s the perfect spot to sit out at a cafe, people watch and snap a couple pics of the buildings and crowds. There are tons of shops scattered about so it definitely wouldn’t hurt to pick up some souvenirs. The Piazza teems with life, chatter, laughter, and history. It’s a must-see when you visit Siena.
Cripta del Duomo di Siena
You’ve spent the day exploring Siena aboveground, now take the opportunity to see what lives beneath Siena. The Cripta houses the works of artists that lived centuries before us but whose frescoes still survive to this day. The frescos, the statues, and the stained glass will give you the regular dose of art appreciation that every trip needs.
Siena is a safe place for solo female travelers but you should still beware of pickpockets. My tip is to keep your things in an anti-theft bag. This bag will secure your zippers so that no one can’t slip a hand in while you’re unaware.
Good luck and Happy Travels!