Siena’s market day is Wednesday. If you are driving in then forget even thinking about parking. Even the most dedicated parking-space hunter will be driven to thumping the horn and rudely gesturing out of the sunroof at passers by. The market is open from 10 in the morning to 5 in the afternoon and makes for a pleasurable immersion into the lifestyle of Siena.
You can find the market at the foot of the Fotezza Medicea. It’s a hilly experience market shopping in Siena so bring comfortable shoes. The market area snakes its way up the hill and opens out at the promenade.
The upper part of the market is fantastic with just about everything you can think of for sale from clothes to tools. For food fans we recommend leaving some time to relax and enjoy what is on offer, it’s bountiful and full of superb local produce. Nearly everything on offer is fresh – organic vegetables and fruit sit alongside fish, meat and spice sellers. Perhaps the most exciting part though is the cheese which is on offer. For lovers of Italian cheese this will be the highlight of your holiday.
The Antichità Monna Agnese at 60 Via di Città is perhaps Siena’s best known antique shop, with its jewellery outlet over the street. It houses many interesting artefacts that you can buy and have shipped home for you, but before you max out your credit card, please visit some of the other places mentioned here!
Fine art is on sale in the Bottega dell’Arte in Via Stalloreggi, a shop worth visiting even if you aren’t in the market for 14th or 15th century artwork copies.
The main antique market experience takes place at the Piazza del Mercato on the 3rd Sunday of every month. It specialises in stamps and coins.