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Siena Glow – Siena, Italy

Before my last trip to Italy, almost all of my friends who have visited Italy told me that I must visit the Tuscan city of Siena. I was a little concerned before I got there that I would be disappointed because they hyped it up so much. When I checked into our hotel and looked at the cityscape, I realized that they hadn’t hyped it enough. Located in the center of Tuscany, Siena is famous for its medieval cityscape and the Palio, a horse race held twice a year. Settled sometime between 900 – 400 BC, its architecture screams history. Built on a Tuscan hill, the streets and alleyways seem to go in just about any direction. Walking around the city, you feel like you entered a time machine and were transported to a medieval time. While there are some cars present that tell you that you are still in the present, there is no doubt that Siena was built for its people and that, even today, that fact is still true.
From a photography standpoint, Siena really shines during the golden hours when the setting sun adds a glow to an already perfect scene to something even more amazing. The buildings just pop when the evening sun hits them and I sometimes just stood there and took it all in instead of shooting photos of the scene. On my previous visits to Italy, Venice has always been my favorite one. After visiting Siena, Venice has a new rival.


Like the “Befana Regatta” – that usually takes place in Venice the 6th of January – 𝐈𝐭𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐚𝐧 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 belong to the set of customs, beliefs and values, that are fundamental to the 𝐜𝐮𝐥𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐈𝐭𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐚𝐧 𝐩𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞. These traditions have influenced life in Italy 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐜𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬, and are still practiced today. They are closely 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐈𝐭𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐚𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐲, which tells us even more about Italian history. The 𝐂𝐚𝐫𝐧𝐞𝐯𝐚𝐥𝐞 𝐝𝐢 𝐕𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐳𝐢𝐚, 𝐏𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐨 𝐝𝐢 𝐒𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐚 and 𝐄𝐩𝐢𝐟𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐚 are the most popular ones.

Siena Italy for Top Solo Travel: Why visit Siena? Siena is the regional capital of Tuscany. It is sometimes an after thought for tourists since its more famous sister city Florence is so popular. However, Siena has much to offer. Its fame dates back to the Middle Ages. For historians and art history lovers, Siena is a top destination and UNESCO World Heritage site.

L’Aia Country Holidays is set among  olive groves and its gardens. To work out, you can swim laps in the  outdoor swimming pool, or just enjoy the views.

An alternative? Drink in the sunshine, or try your hand at bowling. Bike through the countryside.

L’Aia Country Holidays rooms are large with rustic décor. Each apartment come with a furnished garden area as well as fully-equipped kitchenettes. Rooms have a shared lounge area in the main building where you can chat or relax with a drink.

Siena is easily accessible from this tranquil setting, with nearby buses taking you directly to Siena train station and the historic center.

An amazing walled city located in the Tuscany area of Italy. There was history in each alleyway with locals and tourists excitedly walking to the destinations they wanted to visit. At the end of this alleyway were fashion shops for women. With each twist and turn, exciting discoveries were found.