The Summer holidays feels like forever (and there is actually two months since we got back) and as I said I’ll be sharing my Italian days with you. If you missed our first stop, you should check out the part 1 in this post before continuing; because yes, every single stop we had is so worth the visit. Our second stop on our Tuscany roadtrip was Siena – that’s right, the city where the legendary James Bond Quantum Of Solace rooftop scene was filmed! And belive us, it was even more beautiful in real life.
WHERE TO STAY
Since we were a bit last minute booking our stay in Siena – and the City is super booked in August! – we ended up at a little hotel: Chiostro del Carmine. Actually not my type of hotel to be honest (when it comes to the interior), BUT for the price we got it was perfect for a one night stay. Big rooms, clean, amazing location (and the hotel has it’s own parking, which is a must if you’re getting to Siena by your own car), a good breakfast and a cute garden in the middle where you can enjoy it in the morning.
In the first place we wanted to stay at the Grand Hotel Continental, but it was fully booked our nigh. Next time we visit the city (which we definitely will!) we’ll book this one early. And yes, it’s worth it, see yourself:
WHERE TO EAT
As with the hotel, we couldn’t imagine the city being so full of life! Not only was there tourists, there were locals and Italians on vacation; which ment EVERY good restaurant had to be pre-booked. As always we had 3-4 options in mind and we ended up going around in circles before finally getting into one of our top pickings; Osteria Castelvecchio. The cuisine is more creative and modern yet local and the prices are affordable. The atmosphere as well is tranquil! We both had delicious pasta; but Belmin’s tagliolini verdi di spianatoia con tartufo delle crete senesi su fonduta di pecorino was a winner!
Also consider: La Taverna di San Giuseppe, Antica Osteria da Divo, Osteria Le Logge and Tre Cristi Enoteca Ristorante
WHAT TO SEE
There are of course some monuments you should see while in Siena and the most important one – that you can’t miss even if you want it – is the truly unique Piazza del Campo. As well as the Siena Cathedral. Other than that, I would simply recommend just exploring the streets, finding you favorite spots, cafes, shops and restaurants, because there are a lot of great stuff to see and do while in Siena, as long as you do it in a causal way. That’s the real charm of it.
… eat ice cream at La Vecchia Latteria! And do not skip it! The hole in the wall is said to have the best ice creams in Tuscany – maybe even in Italy. The look of La Vecchia Latteria is everything but Insta-friendly, but the ice cream is more than that; both having the look and the taste! Not so strange when they are using fresh and natural ingredients to create new ice cream flavors if not every day, then at least once a week.