Nightlife in Medieval Siena

Nightlife, Things to Do — By Zanni Davis on September 20, 2010 at 4:54 am

Siena’s historic district, centered around Piazza Del Campo, may seem quiet tame during the day, what with all the family tours. However, at night it is a lively hangout with bars and clubs frequented by the University of Siena’s students and young visitors.

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One of the most popular spots for college students is Al Cambio, located a few minutes from the Piazza on Via Pantaneto. Not only do they offer a great selection of drinks, but there are also snacks (they are proudest of the paninis) and on weekend nights, live music. These areas are split up, so that you can enjoy your drinks with friends before heading to the dance floor in the larger music hall.

Caffe del Corso moonlights as an ordinary coffee shop during the day. But in the evening, it fills up with young Italians. Located on Branchi di Sopra, this café stays open late at night and some nights offers live music.

For a non-traditional evening head to the Tea Rooms, on Via Porta Glustizia in the Market Square Area. They offer many different types of tea and other drinks, each accompanied with homemade cakes. Set in a cozy living room-type location, you will feel instantly at home when you walk in. The music – usually jazz – sets the tone for the relaxed mood of the place.

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For those looking for a more serious jazz-centered night, head to a show at the Siena Jazz School. Located in the historic Medicean Fortress at the center of town, this arena has been a mainstay of Sienese nightlife since its establishment in 1977. Visitors to Siena should come here to enjoy a culturally rich evening at one of Siena’s most important monuments. Make sure you book before hand, as shows are not performed on a regular basis.