After spending two days in Perugia and falling in love with the region on Umbria, it was time to hop on a bus to my next destination: Siena.
Siena decided to kick my ass on my arrival. Getting of the bus at the train station, I had to walk to the city center with my heavy backpacks. It was a pretty long walk if I must say.
I found it weird, but funny, that you have to get inside a shopping center to catch some endless rolling stairs in order to get to the historical center of Siena.
Two days in Siena | Arriving in Tusacny
As usual, I got lost. I couldn’t figure out where I was from my map and I just sat on some stairs for a long time. I had seen the pictures of how the street from the hotel was suppose to look like. Not even close to getting where I needed to go.
I finally decided to get up, but for some reason my backpack didn’t want to get on my back. My strengh was gone at this point. Then, a very nice man came running from across the street to help me. Saving the princess in distress I see!
And then I just found a policeman and asked him to help me with my typical phrase “Hello…I’m lost!” and he was great, got his map of Siena from the car and told me where to go.
“it’s about 2km from here”
Oh Great! 2 more km to go!
Backpacking is like going to gym every three days. I feel like my legs shall look pretty hot by the time I get back home.
The path to the hotel was hard, but OH MY GOD was it worth. When I arrived at my accommodation, after walking for hours, I see a sign saying the hotel is on the 4th floor. No elevator. I wish I could put into words the pain it was to climb those stairs.
Two days in Siena | The room of a princess
The owner went to ask me if I wanted to change to a room with a balcony for the same price. I wasn’t sure but when he showed it I was like “Hell, Yes!”
From then on, everything got better. I was right in the center of Siena, I had my own balcony in Siena. I was offered free cappuccino and a thirty minutes massage for free. Didn’t take the massage…not sure why, because my back really needed one.
Can I say these two days, wandering around Siena and drinking cappuccinos in my balcony made me feel like a princess? And for a moment there I also felt like Elizabeth Gilbert while she was in Italy. All I wanted to do was write. Italy was everything I had been dreaming for the past few months.
After exploring Umbria, Siena was just what I needed. With two nights with a room all to myself, away from the hostels and sharing a room with ten people. What a difference!
Once again, two nights weren’t enough time. I only had a few hours to explore Siena, but it was worth it. On my second day to take a day trip to San Gimignano. Another day to keep in my good memories.
Even though time went by fast, I can honestly say I would love to have stayed for at least a week. I fell in love with my room and my pretty balcony and one day I hope I get to return to Siena and stay in the same exact place.
If you’re getting from Perugia to Siena, I suggest you get the bus instead of the train (you’ll have to go to Florence and change to Siena and it will take you 3 to 4 hours and it’s more expensive). The bus leaves just outside Perugia train station, across the street, and if someone tells you to buy the ticket inside the bus, it’s not true! Go a little before the departure time and on the left side of the street you have a travel agency where you buy you’re ticket for 18€. The bus ride will be of 1h and it will leave you at Siena’s train station.
Update: You can now take the train between Perugia and Siena for as little as 10€. This wasn’t available at the time I traveled between these two cities, back in 2015.