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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.

Museum of Metropolitan Institution

Museum of Metropolitan Institution

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.

Siena Cathedral

Siena Cathedral

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.

Complesso Museale Santa Maria della Scala

Complesso Museale Santa Maria della Scala

Walk across the street from the cathedral and back in time with 1,000 years of Italian history housed in this restored hospital complex.

Basilica of San Domenico

Basilica of San Domenico

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.

Torre del Mangia

Torre del Mangia

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.

Palazzo Pubblico

Palazzo Pubblico

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.

Piazza del Campo

Piazza del Campo

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.

Castello di Meleto

Castello di Meleto

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.

Castello di Brolio

Castello di Brolio

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.

Palazzo Chigi-Saracini

Palazzo Chigi-Saracini

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.

Planning Your Siena Visit

How long to spend in Siena, Italy?

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.

The Palio

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.

Good to know

  • Language
    Italian
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +39
  • Best time to visit
    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

A fantastic tour to see the sites of Tuscany. I highly recommend it.

Rosa the tour guide was fantastic. With her warmth, friendliness and knowledge it made for an amazing tour. The sites of Tuscany were breathtaking, especially San Gimignano and Pisa. The wine tasting was a great way to experience the wines of the region and the food was delicious. I highly recommend the tour. My husband, son and myself loved it. Very friendly people and guides on our tour.

Loved this tour! Saw places we never would have gotten to see!

Loved this tour! Saw places we never would have gotten to see and without the hassle of driving ourselves. The wine tasting was excellent and lunch was good. I read other reviews that said lunch was late in the day and not much food. Ours was before noon and plenty to eat and drink. We totally enjoyed it and the whole tour! Money well spent! We’d definitely do it again!

Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano with Lunch and Wine in Chianti Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 04/09/2019

A very well organised, enjoyable tour and altogether excellent value.

We thoroughly enjoyed this tour and would recommend it to anyone who wants to see Sienna and get a feel for the surrounding countryside. The driver was excellent and our tour guide, Adelio was very informative and ensured that all our needs were met.

So many tours to pick from and this was the best!

Our guide Anna was outstanding. We had a big group with three languages and she took care of everybody . This tour spent the right amount of time in each city so that you definitely have ample time to tour and not feel rushed. The lunch and winetasting at the private winery was a real treat as well as our private guide in Sienna.

Nice landscape, great service, friendly guides

My experience started me getting lost looking for the meeting point. I got a call from the guide asking where i was and somebody of the staff waited for me in a more visible point. 10/10 for that The driving route, awesome, professional driver (Lillo is his name i guess) All in time and schedule I didnt feel the pressure I think we spent the fair amount of time in each stop Tour guides very ac knowledgeable. Anna was my guide, she is the best!! patient, nice, clear, service above and beyond