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Fortezza di Santa Barbara

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If you have some time, it's neat

If you have time in Siena, the fortezza isn't a priority to see but is cool. Today it is a walking path with exercise equipment and nice views of the area. When I lived in Siena... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you have time in Siena, the fortezza isn't a priority to see but is cool. Today it is a walking path with exercise equipment and nice views of the area. When I lived in Siena this was my gym! The fortezza is from the 1400-1500s, built by the Medici to defend Siena when it was a city-state.

Thank shaylaaj
Ipswich, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The remains of this fort which was constructed in the 16th century are on the outskirts of the central area of Siena and provide a good view of the town. Only the walls are still intact and the inner part is mostly a public space. Near the fort walls is a car park where visitors to the town usually have... More 

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Bad Homburg, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

I wonder why so few tourists walk around the walls of the Siena fortress. It is really well worth it. The views of the town seen from another perspective are wonderful. What seems incredible when you see the thickness of the outer walls is that it took only 2 years, 1561-1563, to build and that with no help from modern... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

It might not be as pristine as some of Siena's attractions but La Fotezza provides a peaceful afternoon away from the crowds of the centro storico. The fort is highlighted by it's vast walls and lovely views of the city. There is an enoteca, a restaurant and on the west side of the fort there are public gardens. If ou... More 

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Gdynia, Poland
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

Locals use it as a public park - lots of outdoor activity, jogging in the shade of trees, using gyms etc. Tourist, on the other hand, tend to get here to finalize their stay in Siena. I would suggest reversing that order - just have a quick visit in the morning, make some picturesque photos (you will enjoy the view,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

Allow for the morning to visit the fortessa. Definitely worth the visit, the Fortessa is everything you would expect from a fortress town like Siena History, armaments, weapons and relics

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2016

This is not something you need to go out of your way to see, but if you have time, or are out for a walk or run, it's a great place to visit. The view of Siena is nice, there are trees on top of the walls which is neat, and there is even some exercise equipment that is on... More 

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Alton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2016

A great place to visit and appreciate gorgeous views of Siena, its free to enter and makes for a very pleasant walk. Its close to the bus station so we visited before catching our bus back to Florence, a great way to end the day and to say goodbye to Siena.

1 Thank Patrizia N
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2016

If you have time, it is a nice little walk around the Fortress walls. It offers good views of the city and it is quite lovely in itself.

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Montgomery, Wales, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2016

We walked to this fortress towards the end of our day in Siena. It is easy to access and is free to walk in. It is set in a park and is an easy walk up ramps to the walls, where there are far reaching views over the town and surrounding countryside. A good way to end the visit.

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