Top attractions in Siena
This historically political city in the heart of Chianti wine country is not to be overshadowed by Florence or Venice. Still, it is not often a tourist’s first choice, leaving it with all the more medieval character and intimacy for you to enjoy.
Housed in the Siena Cathedral is one of the oldest museums in the world. A beautiful nexus of religion and culture, their prestigious art collection is a pillar of Siena history.
This gigantic complex seems to never end. See ancient texts in the library, explore the sacred crypt, and climb to the top of the tower for a breathtaking panoramic view of Siena.
Walk across the street from the cathedral and back in time with 1,000 years of Italian history housed in this restored hospital complex.
Also known as Basilica Cateriniana because St. Catherine’s head is kept here, this church is one of the most important structures in the area.
Towering above the Palazzo Pubblico is the epic Torre del Mangia. It’s 10€ to climb to the top, but the view is worth every step.
Torre del Mangia is the bell tower of this amazing Gothic structure. Inside you’ll find a wonderland of incredibly preserved sacred and secular frescos.
Cultural center of the city, some say it’s one of the best piazzas in all of Italy. It’s the perfect place to sit outside with a glass of wine and soak in all the local character.
Siena day trips are a must in the Chianti region. You won’t find a more unforgettable winery to visit than the one at this incredible castle in the countryside.
This countryside castle wins the award for the world’s longest winemaking operation under the same family. Some say the Ricasoli family even invented the Chianti.
One of the most famous medieval palaces in Siena was home to the significant Chigi Academy of Classical music, and you can still hear classical strings filling the air upon arrival.
It is possible that two days in the city is enough, but allow yourself a couple extra days to relax and go for wine tasting in the surrounding countryside of Tuscany.
One of Siena’s most famous attractions is the Palio, a bareback horse race held every July 2 and August 16 at Piazza del Campo. Seeing this ancient tradition is a once in a lifetime opportunity. If you’re visiting Siena around these times, however, be sure to book hotels, restaurants, and, of course, tickets to the Palio six months in advance if possible—it’s one of the rare times that Siena will feel very crowded.
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- Fall may be the best time to visit because of the autumn colors in the countryside. Although you can expect some rain, the temperatures are typically warm, and there are plenty of outdoor festivals to visit.
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What people are saying about Siena
My wife and I had a fantastic day trip with the 'My Tour' group. Lorenzo and the team did an amazing job at guiding us enjoyably and safely through the full day. The trip took in Monteriggioni, Siena (we used our free time to visit the beatiful Duomo), the winery visitor centre and San Gimignano before returning to Florence at around 7.45pm. The three towns were stunning, and it would have been very difficult to visit them on public transport, so the fee was good value. Advice: - bring your walking shoes. Siena and San Gimignano are extremely hilly. - not strictly true to say the trip goes to Chianti - it's to a winery centre, which was effectively a long sales pitch. The lunch, while tasty, wasn't especially large, so make sure you get something to eat in Siena. - the 'free time' in the cities includes toilet trips. I'd also like to praise Lorenzo again - he had time for everyone on the trip, checked in with everyone through the day, and was overall excellent throughout.
3 visits of beatifil medieval towns + one wine tasting and excet excellent lunch, in an 11 hrs day packed with truly enjoyable events. Gloria and Asia, our tour ladies guide, were a perfect example of skills, courtesy and kindness. The bus driver was excellent and made us feel safe. The bus itself was very comfortable. We loved the whole trip and especially the amazing tour of Siena at the end. Best choice ever to pick San Gimignano, Monteriggiano and Siena. No need to go to Pisa. Bravo to the team and thanks to the delightful Tuscany treasures. Highly recommended tour.
Wasn’t entirely prepared for this long day but it was a great experience overall. You will walk a lot and Siena and San Gimignano have steep hills. Lunch was delicious but the winery is more of a restaurant - wine was good quality but grapes are grown elsewhere. Guides were very organized and kept a decent schedule.
This is a perfect way to get to know La Toscana! The Chianti wine tasting and lunch was amazing and very enriching, tour guides were very good with historic facts. San Gimignano is a MUST and Siena is full of history. 100% recommended!
Tour Guide Matteo C was fantastic. I just wish had of known about the Cinque Terre hiking tour with you guys. 110% recommend this tour company - fabulous aircon bus, small groups and just had a wonderful day. Well done Team!