I absolutely loved being immersed within Italian culture in Siena. Siena is a medieval city with surprises around every corner. It is a small close knit community, that is very safe, and has a unique Sienese culture amongst the contradas (neighborhoods). Everything is within a 20-30 minute walk so it is very easy to get around! Everyone is incredibly helpful and friendly, including all of the staff and professors who work in the IES program. There is always a fun festival going on, or locals gathering at night in the Piazza. I have nothing but positive things to say about Siena! I would often run around the Fortezza to get some exercise, enjoy journaling in the Piazza, try local foods, or speaking with locals. The classes were fun and interesting, and we went on various cultural field trips to wineries and farm to table restaurants, which was certainly a highlight of my overall experience.