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Is 3 nights to full days in Siena to many?

jeannefit
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Is 3 nights to full days in Siena to many?

My family is going to Florence in November to visit my daughter who is studying at university. We are planning on flying to Florence in on Thursday November 22nd meeting my daughter and together taking a bus to Siena. We were planning on driving but it sounds like parking will be a pain and we will be very jet lagged. We will probably not get to Siena to late Thursday so we have Friday and Saturday to explore and travel back to Florence on Sunday.

Is that too many days in Siena?

We then will stay in Florence for 4 days then rent a car and drive to a few more towns such as Volterra, San Gimignano Lucca.

Thank you

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Sydney, Australia
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1. Re: Is 3 nights to full days in Siena to many?

We once spent a week in Siena. The first 5 days were the leadup to the Palio, and our landlady advised us that, as we has been able to find a spot in a car park, we should leave the car there.

We found plenty to do and see without leaving Siena during those five days.

Eagle River, Alaska
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2. Re: Is 3 nights to full days in Siena to many?

No, it’s really just the bare minimum for an introduction to Siena. Like most destinations, the more you read about Siena, the more productive and interesting you can make your two days. Siena has its attractions but the street and feel of the walled city is its true star.

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3. Re: Is 3 nights to full days in Siena to many?

We spent 7 days in Siena a lot loved it. As mentioned 3 days will give you a glimpse only

jeannefit
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4. Re: Is 3 nights to full days in Siena to many?

Great! Thank you for your quick reply!

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5. Re: Is 3 nights to full days in Siena to many?

Not at all. My husband and I spent three nights there this past April and wished for at least one more. Prior to the trip we purchased a book called Strolling Around Siena (author is Irene Reid) and had fun looking for the fountains of the various contrade. We enjoyed a return visit to the Duomo and its associated museums and climbed the Facciatone for awesome views over the countryside. We particularly enjoyed the Pinacoteca Nazionale di Siena and just strolling along the narrow streets off the Campo. Dinner at Babazuf was excellent. Enjoy!

Eagle River, Alaska
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6. Re: Is 3 nights to full days in Siena to many?

We spend a week there every year, have since 2004 (that year was actually 2 weeks) and really, have barely scratched the surface of this most fascinating of Italian cities.

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7. Re: Is 3 nights to full days in Siena to many?

We were recently in Siena for 3 nights (2,5 days) and this was a good amount of time. On our first afternoon we just walked around. Had lunch, a drink on the campo and dinner somewhere. On the second day we tried to found the contrada fountains (we found a few, but after we could not find some we gave up, but I will go back in the future to find some more, this is a very nice way to see things outside the more busy areas of Siena). On our third day we visited the Cathedral, walked the gates of heaven and the other musea.

On our last night we did a very nice cooking workshop at the Dante Alighieri language school.

We stayed in a good hotel with parking (Chiostro del Carmine just within the walls), but we did not use the car while there.

Edited: 07 August 2018, 12:17
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