|Siena - 2012 - Traveling to Siena|
TRAVELING TO SIENA - 10th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
From Florence: 18 trains daily connect Siena with Florence, 14 of which are direct train (90 min.) with departures every hour from 8:10 to 20:10, and 4 requiring a change in Empoli (about 2 hours).
From Pisa: 30 trains daily connect Pisa to Siena, from 5:39 to 22:30, they all require a change in Empoli (about 2 hours).
From Rome: 12 trains daily connect Rome to Siena, from 05:58 to 20:15, they all require a change in Chiusi (Length 3 / 4 hours).
Siena railway station ( Piazza Fratelli Rosselli) is not downtown, but it is well linked to it (5 minutes) by the numerous orange buses or with fast and comfortable minibuses called Pollicini [Tom Thumbs]. You can get downtown by the escalators, 10 minutes to reach the historical center, in the "Terzo di Camollia" crossing Porta Camollia.
If you arrive by car your main route is the motorway Autostrada del Sole branch routes from the A1 Motorway Milan-Rome-Naples.
From Florence: Exit Firenze Impruneta, then take the Florence-Siena Highway. Exit Siena Ovest and follow the signs for Centro, then Stadio. The soccer-ball signs take you to the stadium lot near the Church of San Domenico.
From Rome: Exit Val di Chiana, and follow the SS326 west for 50km.
Siena is a pedestrian–friendly city: here you walk because the historical centre is closed to traffic: it is all Limited Traffic Zone [ZTL], with strict controls and steep fines. You must leave the car in the car parks just outside the city walls. All are well signposted, with locations just inside city gates Porta Tufi (the huge and popular Il Campo lot, though it's a 5 min. walk from Piazza del Campo), Porta San Marco near Il Duomo lot, Porta Ovile near San Francesco lot and Fontebranda near Santa Caterina lot with the escalators for the city centre; under the Fortezza (another large lot) and around La Lizza park the Stadio lot (the latter closed market Wed and soccer Sun); and at Piazza Amendola (just outside the northern gate Porta Camollia).
Siena parking (tel. 0577-22-871) is now coordinated, and all the lots charge 1.60€ per hour or 30€ per day and 74€ for three days.Hotel customers are allowed to drop bags off at their hotel before finding a place to park overnight. Every hotel has a discount deal the nearest lot for 5,00€ per day.
The Stazione lot, near the railway station charges 0,50€ for the first hour ad 2,00€ after the second hour and full-day.
You can park for free a bit farther away around the unguarded back (northwest) side of the Fortezza all week long. There's also free parking outside the southeast end of town at Due Ponti (beyond Porta Pispini) and Coroncina (beyond Porta Romana); from both you can get a pollicino (minibus) into the center, Piazza del Campo.
From Florence. Bus station in front of the train station Santa Maria Novella, "linea rapida” (27 daily, 75 min.), "linea diretta” slower buses (10 daily; 95 min.) buses are faster than the train and let you off right in town. The bus station on Piazza Gramsci is downtown; the city buses, the intercity buses (blue) and the Sena (white) long distance buses leave from here. Many intercity buses stop at the railway station to allow connections.
Follow the signs to Siena's TRA-IN bus ticket office, underneath Piazza Gramsci in the Sottopassaggio la Lizza (tel. 0577-204-246 or 0577-204-225; www.trainspa.it), You can also get tickets for Tra-In buses or Sena buses at the train station (tel. 0577-204-245).
Siena is also connected with San Gimignano (hourly Mon-Sat; change in Poggibonsi; 55-65 min. not including layover), Volterra (three daily; change in Colle di Val d'Elsa; 40 min. each leg), Massa Marittima (three daily; 80 min.), Perugia (two to four daily; 85 min.), and Rome's Tiburtina station (five to seven daily; 2 hr., 47 min.).
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