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Siena is a beautiful medieval town in Tuscany, Italy. Going to Siena is like walking back in time to the middle ages. Although it is not as popular as its closest neighbor, Florence, Siena deserves a spot on the list of top Italian destinations.
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Christmas in Siena
The holiday season is just around the corner. You might be wondering where to spend Christmas this year. Why not visit Siena? Christmas in Siena will be a memorable experience! Do you know that Siena hosts many activities for families with kids?
FIRST- An Early Morning Visit to the Palace of Father Christmas
Location: Palazzo Patrizi at Via di Citta (6 Euros- December 2017)
The best time to visit the Santa Claus Palace is in the morning. This is to avoid the long line of children waiting to see him. The palace usually opens in mid-December and lasts until the end of the month. My husband, two boys and I had a fun experience. This was not your typical Santa’s Workshop type of Palace. My babies were happy to meet Babbo di Natale (Santa Claus) in real life! At the end of the tour, we also got to meet Mrs. Claus. She was kind enough to offer us some delicious chocolate and a cup of hot herbal tea.
NEXT- An Afternoon at the Carnival
Location: La Lizza
When we went there last December, my kids and I had a rocking good time! Rides usually cost 1 euro each child.
You can expect to see:
- a carousel
- some bumper cars
- giant slides
- a bouncy house
- game booths
- food booths
- Santa’s sleigh
- Santa’s cabin
FINALLY- An Evening at the City Center
Siena decorates its streets with Christmas lights and Christmas trees so there will be plenty of opportunities to take lots of holiday photos with your family. The church bells ringing, the chestnuts roasting and the holiday lights sparkling will surely bring joy to kids and parents alike.
And if you’re lucky enough, you might be able to see the March of the Santas!
Don’t forget the reason for the season! There’s a beautiful nativity scene in Piazza del Campo. You will see a giant Christmas tree right next to it.
Where To Stay in Siena
I recommend booking your stay at the beautiful Le Meridiane, where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the city.
Where will you spend your holidays this year? Would you consider going to Siena this year?