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Things to do in Siena

Enter the heart of Tuscany and discover its abundant wine, winding streets, and medieval architecture.

Our most recommended things to do in Siena

From Florence: Day Trip Pisa, Siena & San Gimignano w/Lunch

1. From Florence: Day Trip Pisa, Siena & San Gimignano w/Lunch

Experience the wonders of Tuscany on one memorable day. Leave Florence for a 12-hour excursion and see the beautiful landscapes, architecture, and artworks of the region. Treat yourself to some local cuisine, and opt for a guided tour in your preferred language to learn even more about the historic area. Begin with the visit at Piazza del Campo, where the Palio di Siena horse race is run, and Piazza del Duomo, where you will see the exterior of the magnificent cathedral. After some free time in Siena you'll have lunch in a typical Tuscan winery. Then go ahead to the vineyard, where you can enjoy some local wine and visit San Gimignano, a UNESCO-listed medieval town. Continue to Pisa and to visit its stunning Piazza dei Miracoli. Admire the Baptistery, the cathedral, and, of course, the famous leaning tower.

Siena: Siena Cathedral Complex Pass (OPA SI Pass)

2. Siena: Siena Cathedral Complex Pass (OPA SI Pass)

See notable features of the Duomo of Siena with the OPA SI fast-track entry pass. In addition to discovering the Cathedral of Siena, visit the Baptistery, the Crypt, the Piccolomini Library, and the adjacent Museo dell'Opera, Oratory, and Facciatone viewpoint with one convenient ticket. Enter the Duomo and be amazed by its grand scale as you stroll along its stunning mosaic marble floor. Admire sculptures such as The Feast of Herod by Donatello and St. Paul by Michaelangelo, amongst many artworks which are dotted around the cathedral. Visit the Baptistery of San Giovanni within the Duomo to marvel at the splendid Baptismal Font. From here, head down into the Crypt, the underground quarters that remained hidden for more than seven centuries. Then, stroll through the Piccolomini Library and gaze up at the vibrant and colorful frescoes which adorn its walls. Admire the stunning work by Pinturicchio, which depicts ten episodes from the life of Pope Pius II. Access the Museo dell'Opera which houses a selection of archaeological fragments and artwork once part of the cathedral. See a variety of Gothic sculptures by Giovanni Pisano and paintings by Ambrogio and Pietro Lorenzetti. Head into the Oratory of San Bernardino to admire the collection of the Diocesan Museum of Religious Art, with its core at the upper oratory chapel. Discover a variety of Siennese paintings from between the 13th to the 18th century. Finish up your visit to the complex with a climb up to the Facciatone viewpoint. Be enchanted by the unforgettable view over the city of Siena and the beautiful rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside.                                                                                            

Siena: Siena Cathedral & Piccolomini Library Entrance Ticket

3. Siena: Siena Cathedral & Piccolomini Library Entrance Ticket

Benefit from fast-track entry to Siena Cathedral and admire the stunning artwork and architecture of its interior. Walk along its ornate marble mosaic floor and visit the Piccolomini Library known for its collection of vibrant frescoes. Skip the line and enter the Cathedral and admire one of the foremost masterpieces of renaissance art and architecture in Italy. Gaze at elaborate altarpieces, a sculpture by Michelangelo, and all manner of ornate decorations scattered throughout its vast interior. Enter the Piccolomini Library, which contains a sprawling series of 10 frescoes by Pinturicchio chronicling the life of Pope Pius II. Gaze upwards at the domed ceiling, masterfully adorned with complex patterns and further scenes from the pope’s life.

From Florence: Tuscany Day Trip with Optional Lunch and Wine

4. From Florence: Tuscany Day Trip with Optional Lunch and Wine

Begin your journey of Tuscany at Florence’s central train station, where you will be greeted by your guide who will take care of you throughout the day.  Head straight to Siena, Italy’s most picturesque medieval city, whereupon arrival your guide will take you on a walking tour. Look up to admire the lovely terracotta roofs adorning the buildings and marvel at the magnificent Gothic and Romanesque architecture of the main cathedral.   Next, head to the hilltop town of San Gimignano, a UNESCO world heritage site, famous for the tower houses built in the Middle Ages. Enjoy free time here to see its splendid squares, palaces, churches, and magnificent towers. The last stop on your Tuscan excursion is a visit to Pisa and its iconic leaning tower. Take a stroll through the Piazza dei Miracoli and see other marvelous monuments, before driving back to Florence. Best of all, choose from either a small-group or private guided experience to make your trip special. Choose the lunch option to enjoy a homemade lunch paired with an informal wine tasting at a traditional wine estate in the Chianti wine region. Savor 4 regional wines at lunch and learn about their unique production techniques. Feast on an organic, farmhouse meal while you overlook the rolling vineyards under the Tuscan sun.

Florence: Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano, and Chianti Experience

5. Florence: Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano, and Chianti Experience

Start in the morning with a tour of Pisa. Have time to admire the cathedral, the baptistery, the monumental cemetery, and the famous Leaning Tower. Then move on to a typical winery in the Chianti Hills on the slopes of San Gimignano. Enjoy a Tuscan lunch accompanied by a local wine tasting. Following lunch discover one of the most beautiful medieval villages of San Gimignano, or the "Medieval Manhattan, where you can explore the maze of cobbled streets, small squares, and many local craft stores. Continue on with a panoramic view of the Chianti countryside before arriving in Siena, where if desired, your professional guide will take you to see the most important squares, from Piazza del Campo to the cathedral, passing through the most beautiful contrade that characterizes this city. At the end of the guided tour, choose to have some free time to enjoy a cup of coffee or a panforte (a typical local cake), and to go shopping. Your return to Florence will have a gorgeous sunset in the backdrop, making for a perfect ending to an unforgettable day spent in Tuscany.

Florence: Gimignano, Siena, Chianti Tour, Lunch & Tasting

6. Florence: Gimignano, Siena, Chianti Tour, Lunch & Tasting

Discover Tuscany on a guided day tour from Florence to the medieval cities of Siena, San Gimignano, and Monteriggioni. Enjoy views of rolling hills and vineyards, with a stop at a Chianti winery for a traditional Tuscan lunch and wine tasting. First arrive in San Gimignano, a tiny medieval town that has remained intact through the centuries. Sitting upon a hilltop, it is famous for its numerous towers, frescoes, and other art treasures. Enjoy more free time to discover this fascinating city on your own. Next, visit the charming historical hamlet of Monteriggioni, a medieval village enclosed by its famous walls, which remained standing to this day. Afterward, you will cross the Chianti rolling hills and then arrive at a small and typical winery. There, taste 4 wines, and sample balsamic vinegar and other locally produced products. Your final stop is in Siena, where you will have free time to walk along the narrow medieval streets, admiring the splendid palaces, the Cathedral, Libreria Piccolomini, and the famous shell-shaped Piazza del Campo.

From Florence: Siena, San Gimignano and Chianti Wine Tasting

7. From Florence: Siena, San Gimignano and Chianti Wine Tasting

On this tour, enjoy a wonderful day in the Tuscan countryside, admiring the most gorgeous corners of Siena, San Gimignano, and the Chianti area, while discovering the unique flavor of local wines. Departing from Florence, the tour will start in Monteriggioni, known worldwide for its wine and charming countryside. Woods alternate with olive groves and vineyards in a landscape dotted with Romanesque churches, farmhouses, villas, and castles. You’ll continue to Siena, where a local expert guide will lead you through the city's steep medieval streets, where you can admire the splendid palaces until you reach the Cathedral, Palazzo Comunale, and Piazza del Campo, where the Palio race takes place every year. You will then have free time for lunch and shopping. Continue to San Gimignano, one of the most fascinating examples of medieval towns, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The guide will lead you into the heart of the village and you will have free time to discover the beautiful squares, buildings, churches, and alleyways, as well as to shop.  Finally, you will stop at a farmhouse in Chianti where you will taste some of the best Tuscan wines, together with a little snack.

Florence: Siena, San Gimignano & Chianti Day Trip with Lunch

8. Florence: Siena, San Gimignano & Chianti Day Trip with Lunch

Hop aboard your minibus at 7:45 AM and drive for around an hour through the Tuscan countryside. Enter the heart of Siena, and start the visit with your guide. Take off through the town's narrow streets and hear stories about Siena as you go. Skip the line to see the interior of the magnificent cathedral, and pass through the shell–shaped Piazza del Campo, where the Palio horse race is held twice a year. After your walking tour, enjoy some free time to enjoy Siena at your own leisure. Move on to San Gimignano, and admire the unique Tuscan landscape as you drive through marvelous scenery surrounded by olive trees, vines and old stone buildings on your way. Stop at a family owned wine estate to relax and enjoy a traditional Tuscan lunch for a taste of country hospitality. After lunch, take an easy drive to San Gimignano to finish your day. Famous for its splendid skyline of tall medieval towers, have free time to explore on your own. Discover the main street full of typical shops, have a look at the Collegiata (main church), or enjoy a gelato. Return to Florence in the late afternoon.

From Siena: Chianti and Castles Tour with Wine Tastings

9. From Siena: Chianti and Castles Tour with Wine Tastings

Immerse yourself in picturesque Tuscan scenery on a sightseeing day trip from Siena to the region of Chianti. Visit the Castellina in Chianti before partaking in a wine tasting experience at a wine estate.   Board a spacious and climate controlled van in a centrally-located meeting point in Siena. Admire the Italian countryside on the ride as you pass thorugh pristine landscapes that have been cradling the Chianti vineyards for centuries. Discover a harmony of colors that can only be found in the hills of this region. Delight your senses as you dive into the sounds, scents, and flavors of this land will capture your senses through this unique experience.  Visit ancient churches, medieval castles, and small villages where the rhythm of life remains unaltered over time. Continues to a charming wine estate.  Indulge in a wine tasting paired with typical Tuscan food. View the beautiful ruby-red color and the characteristic bouquet with scents of violet are the special to Chianti wine. Savor this blend of Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Later, move on to another winery in the middle of the Chianti Classico area, where you’ll have a second optional wine tasting alongside an extra virgin olive oil tasting. The tour will end with a return to Siena.

San Gimignano and Volterra: Day Tour from Siena

10. San Gimignano and Volterra: Day Tour from Siena

Start your day tour with a scenic drive from Siena to San Gimignano. Stop in Monteriggioni to see the well-preserved fortress built in the 13th century. Explore San Gimignano, admiring its many medieval towers. Recently listed by UNESCO, the town also boasts numerous artisanal boutiques. Head to a small family-run farm to enjoy lunch made with the farm’s seasonal products. Taste dishes prepared with saffron, and accompanied by Vernaccia wine. Continue to Volterra, stopping at a small alabaster workshop to see the ancient art of sculpting. In Volterra, admire the harmonious blend of Etruscan, Roman, Medieval, and Renaissance styles as you walk along the streets of the historic center.

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4.5 / 5

based on 15,029 reviews

The whole trip was a dream, the guides where very accommodating and even when I was late due to transport issues, they were kind enough to wait for me. I loved the whole itinerary and the information provided was very insightful and useful, I loved it all from start to finish.

The tour guide was great. Very informative and you could tell he loved his job. Lunch at the winery was delicious, and wine was excellent. Great tour would definitely recommend.

Great day out. Our host Angela was brilliant. Nando the driver was fantastic. We also had a great local guide in Siena called Donatella. Definitely recommend.

Great trip. Amazing places. Alessandro was great and explain everything. and the wines were superb

It was a relaxed day trip. I am glad to have booked it.