Don’t let its size fool you—Siena’s small-town feel is exactly what makes this thriving city a crowd favorite. Alumni rave about its energy and sense of community that invite you to participate in Italian life as soon as your feet touch the ground. Converse with friendly locals in Italian and discover the deep connection residents have to the city and their contrada
(districts with origins dating back to medieval times). Bump into your neighbors at the open-air market. Stroll down winding brick alleyways. Enjoy a plate of pici al cinghiale
(pasta with wild boar sauce). Do homework overlooking il Campo.
There are plenty of words to describe Siena—enjoyable, beautiful, picturesque, charming. But the best word is simply “home.” And when your busy weekend exploring Rome or Berlin is over, it’ll be nice to feel you’re returning home.