Siena is the other Florence. What do I mean? I mean that you’ll find people generally fall into two groups: fans of Florence and fans of Siena. Both are incredibly beautiful, both are full of incredible art, both are in Tuscany, and the two cities have a long history of rivalry that goes on to this day – a least in the hearts and minds of their visitors.
Perhaps Florence is better known because of the Medici family and their patronage of some of the world’s most innovative Renaissance artists, but Siena dominated in the period before, the Gothic, and the paintings you’ll find adorning the walls of Siena’s public buildings and galleries are magnificent.