If you asked me what my favourite place in Italy is, I would probably give you a massive list of places. If you asked me what my favourite place in Tuscany is, that list wouldn’t be much shorter. One town that would definitely be on that list is Siena – a place that I don’t think I could ever get sick of. It’s beautifully preserved old town has kept it’s medieval feel, and I could really just spend days and days wandering around it’s narrow cobblestone streets.
For the best views in Siena you have to head to the Panorama del Facciatone – a panoramic terrace that gives complete 360 degree views out across the town.
The Facciatone is actually the facade of an incomplete cathedral extension that was commissioned in the 14th century. The Siena Cathedral was meant to be extended to become the largest in Europe, but was abandoned in the late 14th century, which therefore left the facade that is there today.
The panoramic terrace can be reached from the Museo dell’Opera by climbing up a very narrow spiral stair case. From the top you are treated to the best views in Siena. Here’s what you can expect to see:
Have you been to Siena or anywhere else in Tuscany? What was your favourite place?
Travel Tip: Siena is a popular tourist destination. It’s a good idea to book your hotel in Siena in advance to make sure that you have a place to stay and to get the best deal.