Monza and Siena are two totally, totally different animals and it honestly really depends on what you're looking for.
Siena in winter is pretty dismal, but once Spring comes around you could have a lot of fun going to sagre, feste, open air markets etc. Honestly, the most exciting thing in winter might be the fritelle di riso in Piazza del Campo. The food in the area is excellent at all times of the year. Especially wonderful in the second half of the year when wine and oil is harvested.There is also very little to do in the Siena area for young (toddlers) children. Playgrounds consist of um...a slide and maybe a little tiny cabin. This is only my opinion after living here for four years with a toddler. :) Keep in mind there are tons of other pluses, clean air, kilometro 0 eating, no traffic, amazing historic center, access to Chianti and Montalcino and tons of others. It's like 4th on the list for best quality of life if I remember correctly!
Monza is your basic laaaaaaaaarge suburb. It's got an amazing park and access to lots of nice day trips towards the North. Lots more shopping and centro commerciale too. Food can be great, but oddly, just today, a fellow expat who lives in that area was telling me how wonderfully tasty and fresh our lettuce is compared to hers in the monza area.
If you are looking for variety in your cuisine, Siena would not be the right place.
If you are looking for "La Bella Vita," Monza would probably not be the right place either.
Know nothing about Parma except that lots of people say it's fantastic.
Edited by ambra, 03 June 2011 - 02:20 PM.