HIKING NEAR SIENA
Urban trekking excursions from Siena are also a fantastic way to see the area while getting exercise and fresh air. Siena is very hilly and filled with fun hidden corners to explore. Get yourself a city map from the tourist office and make a game of finding the hidden sites, such as the many beautiful and functional fountains throughout the town. You can also head down on your own self-guided Siena walking tour below Piazza del Mercato to the vegetable gardens of Orto dei Pecci or discover rare plants at the Botanical Gardens. If you want to learn more about the Palio neighborhoods you can make a game of finding the different areas of all 17 contrade while learning their name in Italian and their symbol. Another interesting walk in Siena is along the Fortezza walls to admire the incredible defenses needed to withstand the invasions of Florence over the centuries. If you are a foodie, you can also do a foodie trek, stopping in the little bakeries, pastry shops, gelato shops, and local markets to try the local foods as you walk around the town. There are so many excursions from Siena, it is just a matter of finding the best one for you!