The Palio concludes our program. It takes place on August 16—this year on a Wednesday. In case of rain it is postponed until the following day, so we’ll stay at the Refugio also the night of the 17th. We suggest that you book your return flight for Friday the 18th (or Saturday the 19th if you have to spend one night in Milan or Rome—see below).
Unfortunately Siena does not have an airport, so it will take some time for you to get to airport Leonardo da Vinci in Rome or even to the closer airports Amerigo Vespucci in Florence or Galileo Galilei in Pisa. Please allow for possible delays and keep in mind that you’ll need to arrive at the airport at least two hours in advance of your departure time.
Check the possibility of boarding your return flight in Florence’s Vespucci airport (one and a half hours to get there from Siena). First go to Firenze Santa Maria Novella by bus or train; then take the “navetta aeroporto” to the airport. Please note that the airport closes from 12:30 AM to 4:00 AM, so you cannot arrive the evening before and spend the night there.
In order to get to the other regional airport, Pisa’s Galileo Galilei airport, take a train to Pisa and then the bus to the airport. It takes approximately two hours to get from Siena station to the airport. The tickets costs € 13.40. The earliest train allows you to arrive at the airport by 7:00 AM.
If your return flight leaves from Rome Fiumicino in the afternoon (after 1:00PM), you should arrive there in time with the new bus service Siena-Aeroporto di Fiumicino. The bus leaves Siena at 6:15AM and is scheduled to arrive at the airport at 9:30AM; the ticket costs €22. A later bus leaves in the afternoon and is scheduled to arrive at 6:30PM. Click here for online booking and to check the schedule.
If your return flight leaves from Milan in the late afternoon (after 3:00pm), you might be able to get a very early bus or train from Siena to Firenze Santa Maria Novella (it will take approximately one hour and forty minutes to get there), and then a high-speed “Frecciarossa” or “Frecciabianca” train to Milano Centrale (less than two hours). At least one hour more will then be necessary to get to Malpensa airport in Milan (Linate airport is closer).
Please note that trains are more frequent on weekdays than during the weekend, especially early in the morning.
If your flight leaves in the early afternoon from Milan or in the morning from Rome, it is advisable to leave from Siena the day before your departure and spend the night at a hotel in Milan or Rome. If you leave from Rome you may decide to spend a couple of nights there and visit the city.
Another possibility is to take a taxi directly from Siena to the airport in Milan, Rome, or Pisa. A minibus would carry 8 people to Pisa for approximately €230 (€29 per person), to Milano Malpensa for €560 (€70 per person), to Linate for €530 (€66 per person), to Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci for €400 (€50 per person). A 6-passenger minivan costs €215 (€36 per person) to Pisa, €540 (€90 per person) to Malpensa, €515 to Linate (€65 per person), and €380 (€63 per person) to Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci. A cab takes 3 passengers to Pisa for €200 (€67 per person), to Malpensa for €500 (€167 per person), €465 to Linate (€155 per person), and €350 to Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci (€117 per person). It takes a little less than four hours to get to Malpensa or Linate from Collegio Santa Chiara and the trip can be scheduled at any time. To Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci it is approximately three and a half hours. (The rates above are offered by TourShuttle. When in Siena you may be able to find better deals from other companies).
If you decide to take a Trenitalia train to get to Milan or Rome, consider booking your seat and purchasing the ticket well in advance (not more than four months) to take advantage of economy fares. In that case, purchase only the Frecciarossa or Frecciargento ticket from Firenze Santa Maria Novella to Milano Centrale or Roma Termini. Do not include in your itinerary the trip from Siena to Florence at this time: regional tickets do not have economy fares and the system would charge you a full price for the entire journey. In any case, traveling on regional trains is very cheap and advance reservation is not needed (and often not possible).