Abbadia San Salvatore

Abbey of Sant'Antimo




Archipelago Toscano




Badia di Coltibuono

Bagni San Filippo

Bagno Vignoni

Barberino Val d'Elsa


Bolsena Lake


Brunello di Montalcino




Castel del Piano



Castellina in Chianti


Castelnuovo Bererdenga

Castiglioncello Bandini

Castiglione della Pescaia

Castiglione d'Orcia

Castiglion Fiorentino



Chinaciano Terme




Città di Castello

CivitÀ di Bagnoregio

Colle Val d'Elsa


Crete Senesi

Diaccia Botrona

Isola d'Elba



Gaiole in Chianti



Greve in Chianti


Lago Trasimeno

La Foce



Massa Marittima

Montagnola Senese


Monte Amiata

Monte Argentario





Monte Oliveto Maggiore








Parco Naturale della Maremma







Radda in Chianti



San Bruzio

San Casciano dei Bagni

San Galgano

San Gimignano

San Giovanni d'Asso

San Quirico d'Orcia


Santa Fiora














Tavernelle Val di Pesa

Torrita di Siena




Val d'Elsa

Val di Merse

Val d'Orcia

Valle d'Ombrone




Walking in Tuscany

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I T Siena - View with Campanile or Torre del Mangia of the Palazzo Pubblico[1]

album Surroundings

Food shopping in Siena

Siena was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. Ancient, walled Siena takes only about half an hour to walk across. There are three main pedestrian streets: Via di Citta, Banchi di Sopra and Via Dei Montanini. Siena is famous for its delectable variety of cakes and cookies made with recipes dating from medieval times. Sienese cuisine has ancient origins, first Etruscan, who introduced the simplicity of herbs, and then Roman influence. Spices, a valuable commodity of the past, give distinct flavour to Siena's typcial dolci such as Panforte and Cavallucci. Nannini at Banchi di Sopra 26 and Sinatti, at Via della Sapienza 34, are both renowned for their panforte, along with variations on the theme such as panpepato, made with pepper.

Shopping lovers should not forget the weekly market which is held on Wednesday around the fortress and La Lizza from 8.30 am to 1.30 pm, and not at the Piazza del Mercato (an antiques market in Piazza del Mercato is held on the third Sunday of the month except at Easter and in August).
Here you find a short list of local markets and festivals in the province of Siena.



Some of the best addresses in Siena | Map



Weekly market

Siena's weekly market takes place every Wednesday morning from 8 am to 2 pm in the area around the Medici fortress and La lizza park. The market is focused on locals and not geared to tourists, and is one of Tuscany’s biggest markets.

On Friday mornings there is a small market at the same place as the Wednesday market. Farmers come from around Siena to sell their products here. You will find bread, olive oils, fruits, vegetables, cheese and other local products.

Consorzio Agrario

Quality local products can be found in the Consorzio Agrario at Via Giuseppe Pianigiani, 9. Founded in 1901, Siena's farmer's association reunites some of Tuscany's best producers and offers good quality at fair prices.

Consorzio Agrario Siena
Via Piangiani 5, Siena
Opening hours:
3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
8:30 am - 1:00 pm



Some of the best food addresses in Siena [marked blue on the map]


Migliori Pasticcerie in Siena

Siena is also famous for its cakes and biscuits, including the ubiquitous
panforte, a dense and delicious cake of medioeval origin, with nuts, fruit and honey, the snow white cavallucci, with a spongy and dense texture with walnut, anise, and candied fruit flavours, copate, an extremely ancient, small, round Tuscan dessert, unique to the Siena region, and ricciarelli (rich almond biscuits).
While Pasticceria Nannini is Siena's oldest pasticceria, Pasticceria Buti and Pasticceria Le Campane are worth a visit as well. For a taste of some of Siena's best pastries, head for Pasticceria Bini, where since 1943 they've filled the neighborhood with the aroma of Siena's dolci. You can watch them at work through the next window down the street.


Pasticceria Nannini

Via Banchi di Sopra, 24, 53100 Siena 
Pasticceria Nannini is Siena's oldest pasticceria. Nannini serves the finest cenci, panforte and ricciarelli in town. Its refrigerator is cooled by water carried from 16km away by the same 13th-century tunnels that fuel many of the city's fountains, including the Fonte Gaia in Piazza del Campo.
Opening hours

The Group Villa dell’Ombrellino Srl has been managing for some years now Nannini’s Coffee Bars “Conca d’Oro”, “Nannini Toselli”, “Nannini Massetana” and “Bar Matteotti”. The partnership with the renowned brand and historic pastry maker “Nanini” is based on coffee roasting, marketing and preservation of typical Sienese products such as ricciarelli, panforte, panpepato, cantucci, cavallucci and more.

La Nuova Pasticceria

Via Duprè, 37, Siena (negozio)

Bar Pasticceria La Nuova Pasticceria

Piazza Maestri del Lavoro, 9 (Zona Toselli) (laboratorio e il bar pasticceria)

Pasticceria Bini

Via Stalloreggi, 91/93, 53100 Siena
+39 0577 280207
Definitely worth a visit.

Panetteria e Pasticceria Corsini

Via Armando Diaz 4/14, 53100, Siena
+39 0577 22188
Aperto tutti i giorni dalle 7.30 alle 20.30

www.corsinibiscotti.comThe Corsini family’s story began in 1921 in the old family bakery of Corrado and Solidea Corsini in Castel del Piano, in the shadow of Mount Amiata. You can purchase the classic Corsini bakery products in the family shops in Casteldelpiano, Santa Fiora and Grosseto, and at the recently opened shop in Siena, Via Armando Diaz.
Try the Focaccia dell'Amiata, Stiacciata dell'Amiata all'anice or the Polendina, an original Corsini recipe with chestnut flour, eggs, butter, hazelnuts and almonds. One of the jewels of their Tuscan ancient recipe collection.

Pasticceria Buti

Viale Vittorio Emanuele II, 53, 53100, Siena

Pasticceria Le Campane

Via Caduti di Vicobello, 53100 Siena
+39 0577 282290



Ricciarelli from Siena, Tuscan almond cookies

Ricciarelli from Siena, Tuscan almond cookies [2]


Cenci or Chiacchiere

Italian cenci or chiacchiere are eaten at Carnival time. Their various regional names include: frappe (a name shared with similar treats) in Rome; sfrappole in Emilia Romagna; bugie in Genoa; and galani or crostoli in Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia, especially in the Triestino capital, Trieste. Fritte and many other regional names exist. Regional variations in the recipe include sprinkling with orange zest or using anisette wine as the alcoholic base.
They are best known as Chiacchiere but the name changes from region to region, and  in Tuscany they remain the Cenci, crogetti or strufoli.

  1. ^ Ricetta delle chiacchiere su Giallo Zafferano
  2. ^ Sito dell'Ufficio del turismo della regione autonoma Valle d'Aosta
  • Gino Brunetti (a cura di), Cucina mantovana di principi e di popolo. Testi antichi e ricette tradizionali, Mantova, 1981.




Ricciarelli are traditional Italian biscuit - specifically, a type of macaroon - originating in 14th century Siena. Legend holds that they were introduced by Ricciardetto della Gherardesca in his castle near Volterra upon his return from the Crusades.[citation needed]

Today, the biscuits are made using an almond base[1] with sugar, honey and egg white. When prepared in the traditional method, the almonds are ground with a milling machine, and the finished mix is formed into numerous oval- or lozenge-shaped cookies[1] that are set aside for two days before baking. The rough and crackled surface is usually lightly sprinkled with confectioner's sugar.

Ricciarelli are typically consumed at Christmas, served with a dessert wine such as Vin Santo or Moscadello di Montalcino.

  • Esposito, Mary Ann (2007). Ciao Italia in Tuscany: Traditional Recipes from One of Italy's Most Famous Regions. St. Martin's Press, Macmillan, p. 169





Antica Salumeria Salvini

SS 73 Ponente, 46,53100 Siena SI,Italië
+39 0577 394399




Gino Cacino di Angelo

Piazza Mercato, 31,53100 Siena
Taglieri, Degustazioni, Crostini, Zuppette, Formaggi e Affettati
+39 0577 223076




Eating in Siena | Some of the best Restaurants in Siena [marked red on the map]


Ristaurante pizzeria All'Orto de'Pecci


L’Orto de’ Pecci comprises an exellent restaurant and bar, All'Orto de'Pecci.
It is  our favorite restaurant in Siena.

All'Orto de'Pecci
Via Porta Giustizia, 39, 53100 Siena SI
Telefono: 0577 222201

Informazione: Ristorante, eventi e attività:



  Ristorante/pizzeria All'Orto de' Pecci
All'Orto de'Pecci
All'Orto de' Pecci, terrace

All'Orto de' Pecci, terrace


Grocery Shopping and supermarkets



Home to some of the world’s best art museums, Tuscany is an art lover’s nirvana.
From Podere Santa Pia you can choose many roads to reach the towns of southern Tuscany, and Siena is within an hour drive, but we suggest a panoramic tour of the valley’s in between, so that the trip becomes a unique experience among the colors and atmospheres of the Tuscan landscape. Enjoy the exquisite art, museums and churches in the nearby cities, then relish the cuisine and epic countryside. Podere Santa Pia highlights the best of the quintessential Italian region.
Explore the medieval hillside villages on your way to Siena, marvel at settlements that date back to Etruscan times, and try some Pecorino cheese in Pienza, and some Brunello di Montalcino in the stately Renaissance village of Montalcino, where the refined beauty of the squares and churches blends perfectly with the ancient traditions of its wines.

Hidden secrets in Tuscany | Holiday home Podere Santa Pia

Podere Santa Pia is situated in a hilly and unspoilt land, about one hour drive from Siena, surrounded by woods, olive groves and vineyards, where the Monte Amiata hills slope to the Maremma plain and the sea can be seen on the horizon. On a clear day you can see as far as Corsica to the south.

Local markets and festivals in the province of Siena

There is a market held every day of the week somewhere. Tuscany Markets are usually held in the morning between 6am and about 1:30pm.
Some towns have flea markets on Sundays. Lucca and Arezzo have big Antique markets (Lucca, 3rd Saturday and Sunday of the month; Arezzo, 1st Sunday of the month).


Monday Casole d'Elsa: Fresh local produce. Open on the first and third Monday of every month.
Radda in Chianti: Food market. Open in the afternoon of the fourth Monday of every month.
San Giovanni d'Asso: General market. 16:00-19:30 on the first Monday of the month.

Tuesday Monteroni d'Arbia: Local produce. 08:00-12:30.
San Quirico D'Orcia: Fresh local produce. Open on the first and fourth Monday of every month.
Sinalunga: Local produce. 08:00-12:30.
Sovicille: Fresh local produce. Open on the first and third Tuesday of every month.

Wednesday Chianciano Terme: Food market. Open all morning.
S. Giovanni d'Asso: General market. 16:00-19:30 on the third Wednesday of the month.

Thursday Abbadia San Salvatore: Fresh local produce, household goods, footwear, plants and flowers. Open on the second and third Thursday of every month.
Montepulciano: Local products, held in the gardens outside the Porta al Prato on Thursday mornings.08:00-12:30.
Piazze: Local products. 08:00-12:30.
Radicofani: Fresh local produce. Open on the second and fourth Thursday of every month.
Rapolano Terme: Food market. Open all morning.
San Casciano dei Bagni: Food market. Open on the first and third Thursday of the month.
San Gimignano: Local produce. 08:00-12:30.
Trequanda: Food market. Open on the first Thursday of every month.

Friday Colle Val D'Elsa: Local produce.
Montalcino: Fresh local produce. Open all morning.
Monticano: Local produce. Open in the morning.
Oste: Fresh local produce. Open all morning.
Pienza: Food items. 08:00-13:00.
Poggetto: Piazza dei Caduti - food items. 08:00-12:30.
San Quirico d'Orcia: Food market.
Sarteano: General market. 08:00-13:00.
Torrita di Siena: local produce. 08:00-13:00.

Saturday Asciano: Fresh local produce. Open all morning.
Buonconvento: Piazza Gramsci - local produce. Open in the morning.
Castellina in Chianti: General market. 08:00-12:30
Castiglione d'Orcia: Fresh local produce. Open all morning.
Cetona: General market from 08:00 - 13:00
Montepulciano Stazione: Food, flowers and plants.
Piancastagnaio: General market. Piazza Dei Fiori. Open in the morning of the first and third Saturday of the month.
Poggibonsi: Food items. 08:00-13:00.
San Gimignano: Fruit and vegetables, Piazza Duomo, Piazza della Cisterna (8.00 -13.00)

Special markets Asciano (Crete Senesi)
Mercatino delle Crete: on the second Sunday of each month, is a street market with all kinds of local arts and crafts.
Carnival of Asciano: in February, a procession of traditional carnival chariots, music bands and folklore activities.
Mercatino della Scialenga: on the third weekend of September, a street market for antiques in the center of the city.

Antiques market, on the last Sunday of each month.
Carnival celebrations during the whole Carnival period of time.
La Trebbiatura or Festa della Trebbiatura is a fair of old times agricultural traditions, with market stalls, theater, local food and dancing in Buonconvento's town center. The fair takes place every year in July.
Collections' Fair: for all types of antiques and collectors' items, in the last week of September in the city streets.
Back to its origins in 1805 the Sagra della Val D'Arbia, is an authentic event in Buonconvento and takes place in 2015 from September 26 to 30.

Castiglione d'Orcia (Val d'Orcia)
Maggiolata: a festival of ancient traditional songs and dances, to celebrate the coming of May, on the 30th April-first of May.
Festival of the Newly made Olive Oil: in the first week of December.

Festa della Trebbiatura, a historical celebration of the old times harvesting festival, in July.
Etruscan week: in the Castle of Murlo during the last week of August.
Festival of Wine and Oil: in the Castle of Murlo, in November.

San Quirico d'Orcia
Forme nel Verde: a fascinating international exhibition of sculptures in the magnificent garden of Horti Leonini

Rapolano Terme
Festival of the wild boar: in April, in the city center. Serre Maggio: past and future inside the city walls, in the second week of May, at Serre di Rapolano.


A complete list of market days in Tuscany | Weekly market days in Tuscany 


[1] Fonte fotografica "Siena Palazzo-Pubblico-Campanile-JBU02" by Jörg Bittner (Unna) via Wikimedia Commons.
[2] Fonte fotografica: "Ricciarelli from Siena-2" by Ricciarelli_from_Siena.jpg: Shaw from Shanghai %u4E0A%u6D77, China derivative work: Saibo (Δ) - Ricciarelli_from_Siena.jpg. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.



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