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Siena: Siena Cathedral & Piccolomini Library Entrance Ticket

1. 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.

Siena: Small Group Pasta and Tiramisu Class

2. Siena: Small Group Pasta and Tiramisu Class

During this private lesson, you will learn how to prepare 2 pasta recipes and the tiramisu dessert from scratch. Your Cesarina will reveal the tricks of the trade of these iconic recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test and amaze your friends and family once home with an Italian meal! This experience is suitable for families with children of all ages.

Siena, San Gimignano and Chianti with Wine Tasting and Lunch

3. Siena, San Gimignano and Chianti with Wine Tasting and Lunch

Along the way that will lead you to Siena, stop at San Gimignano, a small and world famous walled town located on a hilltop, which remained intact through the centuries, renowned for its tall towers, wonderful frescoes and many other valuable works of art: here you will be led until the heart of the historical center, where you have free time at disposal for its fascinating discovery. Following San Gimignano,  stop at the charming historical hamlet of Monteriggioni, an amazing medieval village enclosed by its famous walls, which have remained standing to this day. Enjoy some free time to visit this village. Then, crossing the gently Chianti rolling hills, arrive at a small and typical winery where you will taste 4 fantastic wines and sample balsamic vinegar and locally produced delicacies. Upon arrival in Siena, after free time for lunch, meet your local guide. Take a comprehensive guided tour of the historic center, starting from its most beautiful square, Piazza del Campo. Walk along the narrow medieval streets of the city, flanked by splendid palaces and historic shops, until you reach the Museum and Oratory of a Contrada (when open), where you can experience the atmosphere of the authentic and most intimate soul of the town. The “Contrade” (districts into which the city is divided) are the real core of local social life, where inhabitants of each district compete with each other, as they devote themselves to the preparation of the famous Palio horse-race. The Museum of a ”Contrada”, as well as its Oratory, is therefore the heart of the district. It is an intimate and secret place containing historical documents and wonderful relics of the famous Palio, as well as magnificent works of art which are normally not disclosed to the public. If you wish, your tour can include a guided visit inside the famous Siena Cathedral, built in the 12th century, to discover the beauty of its treasures and works of art.

Siena Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

4. Siena Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

Explore the top sights in Siena with an interactive smartphone tour. Stroll through the city solving location-based riddles on this walking tour. See the rose window and elaborate façade of Siena Cathedral and view the facinating architecture in Piazza del Duomo. Solve puzzles outside of ten Siena attractions. Follow clues at each attraction to find your next destination. Enjoy the challenge of using logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to complete the game. Feel the satisfaction of solving each riddle. Have the freedom to pause or resume the tour whenever you want. Admire the city at your own pace. Uncover interesting information and facts about the city. Snap as many pictures as you want. You can start the activity any time, the schedule is indicative. You will visit: Duomo di Siena - starting point Baptistery of St John Palazzo Piccolomini Loggia del Papa Tower of Mangia Pubblico Palace Pinacoteca Nazionale di Siena Santa Maria della Scala Facciatone Piazza del Campo - ending point and more

Florence: San Gimignano, Siena, and Chianti Full-Day Tour

5. Florence: San Gimignano, Siena, and Chianti Full-Day Tour

Immerse yourself into the heart of the beautiful and unforgettable Tuscan countryside. Be picked up in an air-conditioned car or minivan and be taken through the countryside for a semi-private or private tour. Discover stunning medieval sites on this one-of-a-kind tour, such as San Gimignano, also known as the "Medieval Manhattan" due to its 14 medieval tower houses that create a unique atmosphere, almost crystallized in time. Explore the magical atmosphere of Siena, famous for its horse race, the Gothic cathedral of Santa Maria Della Scala, typical sweets, and many other little treasures. Don't miss the Chianti region, and taste the region's typical plates, extra virgin olive oil, and wine on an authentic Tuscan farm. Walk through the cellars of local wine specialists and learn their little secrets about making the Nectar of Gods. Delight your palate with many different kinds of Chianti, Morellino, Super Tuscan, and much more while you gaze upon the breathtaking views of Chianti Hills.

Siena: Medieval Legends Exploration Game

6. Siena: Medieval Legends Exploration Game

Discover the top attractions and landmarks in Siena in a unique way by playing a city exploration game on your smartphone. Visit some of Siena's most famous sites, such as the Palazzo Tolomei, Fonte Gaia, and Piazza del Duomo. Download Questo, the gamified travel app, onto your smartphone, and begin your exciting exploration game. Assume a role in an ancient political fight between the Salimbeni and Tolomei families. Take part in a historical struggle for the control of Siena, and fight for the cause of a third family, the Terrazini. Find out secrets about the Salimbeni and Tolomei families that you can use to harm them. Stay out of the spotlight, and provoke the two families to start a war against each other. Solve a clue to reveal exact directions to your next stop on the tour, without the need of a map, GPS, or a physical guide. Each solution reveals a secret story about Siena's main attractions, such as the Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, the second oldest bank in the world. Complete the tour at your own pace, and pause and restart the tour whenever you please. After purchasing the quest, an access code will be delivered to your email, which can then be used in the downloadable app. If you are a large group, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to play the city game on their smartphone. Alternatively, each person can purchase their own ticket. You can play as a group and solve the clues together as you walk, or you can split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the others. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end.

Siena: Private Family-Friendly Treasure Hunt Walking Tour

7. Siena: Private Family-Friendly Treasure Hunt Walking Tour

Try to beat the clock and find the right clues that will lead you to the treasure on this guided scavenger hunt walking tour, perfect for everyone in your group or family. Discover the sights and history of Siena in a fun, learning environment for all ages. Thanks to this treasure hunt, children will discover the history of Siena, its legends, its myths and many nice anecdotes related to the city. Visit the most significant monuments and find out the importance that Siena had in the past. The tour will start with your guide in front of the Basilica San Domenico, where you can admire Siena from breathtaking views, see an ancient castle now incorporated into modern buildings, and hear about the symbol of Siena, the she-wolf, which looks down on visitors and protects them. From there, kick off your scavenger hunt with your tour guide giving a quiz to the children and parents that needs to be solved during the whole tour. You'll learn about 17 districts called Contrade. Children will find the symbols and colors that represent the Contrade all over the city. You’ll pass by a Contrada stable and look for the little fountains hidden through the streets. Along the way, visit the main points of the city and the lesser-known but characteristic alleys. The walk will take you to the last stop of the tour, where the youngest participants will find a treasure to keep.

500 Vintage Tour and Chianti Roads from Siena

8. 500 Vintage Tour and Chianti Roads from Siena

Try to imagine how it would be to spend a day like in the old Italian movies: driving a vintage FIAT 500 across the Chianti hills and enjoying all the beauty of Tuscany. On this tour, you have the opportunity to drive a fully renovated vintage FIAT 500 while an expert tour leader will guide you through the best paths and will organize stops in the most characteristic villages. Discover the real Tuscany in these little gems that have remained the same through the centuries. Here you will have the opportunity to enjoy a typical Tuscan lunch and a wine tasting. This is the chance to live the Italian dream for a day.

Siena: Private Tour Ideal for Families with Children

9. Siena: Private Tour Ideal for Families with Children

Enjoy a private tour that takes into account children’s attention spans, not one where the young are dragged by their parents on exhausting journeys. With the help of a local guide, keep your children’s attention alive with language that is colorful and lively, and where history is mixed with art, legends, and traditions. By encouraging children to make observations, answer questions, and solve riddles, your guide will reveal the history and secrets of Siena’s monuments in a pleasant way that is sure to prevent children becoming impatient, bored, and complaining. From the meeting point in front of the Basilica Cateriniana San Domenico, you’ll learn about the traditions of the Palio di Siena horse race and admire the magnificent front of the Duomo di Siena cathedral. Next, walk the Via Banchi di Sopra — the former route of pilgrimage to Rome — that will you lead to Piazza del Campo, the principal public space of the historic center of Siena where the tour will end with a souvenir and great memories.

Tuscany: Siena, San Gimignano, Chianti, and Pisa Day Tour

10. Tuscany: Siena, San Gimignano, Chianti, and Pisa Day Tour

Head into the Tuscan region and explore the towns of Siena, San Gimignano, and Pisa on a full-day trip from Florence. Marvel at the rolling pastures and visit a vineyard in Chianti for wine tasting and lunch. The guided walking tour begins with a jaunt along Siena's narrow medieval streets, passing such curios as to the world's oldest bank, the Piazza del Campo – home of the famous 600-year-old Palio horse race, and continuing with a visit to the town's spectacular Cathedral before taking a short break. A fleeting drive ends at a family-run wine farm nestled in the Tuscan countryside. Enjoy a traditional regional lunch of delicious homemade produce fresh from the farm, including fresh pasta, cured meats, crisp salad leaves, and rich cheeses served with local wines including Vernaccia, Chianti, and Vin Santo. Once that feast has been given time to digest, depart for San Gimignano, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its medieval town-planning that's made its name as "The Manhattan of the Middle Ages." Stroll along cobbled stone streets and small market squares, then embark on a trip through the enchanting countryside, spying hilltop hamlets and rustic churches on the way to Pisa. The tour's ultimate stop takes in the Field of Miracles; an opulent green tract dominated by the area's dazzling white buildings, including the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Please note that the order of the visits may change.

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What people are saying about Siena

This was a fantastic experience for our family! Sylvia was a very knowledgeable and engaging tour guide. She tried to connect with our kids, asking them questions along the way. We visited eight different cities on our trip to Italy, and our children liked Siena the best because of the tour we had with Sylvia. Highly recommend this tour for families with kids, you will all learn a lot and enjoy seeing this beautiful city!

The best cooking course we did. It was just my girlfriend and I and we spend at least 4h with Barbara and learned how to do real handmade Pasta and Tiramisu. It was just great. Barbara is a great Host and she was also on TV showing her cooking skills!

Barbara was a delight and the class was so fun! Her house is in the countryside and was gorgeous! We made two kinds of pasta and tiramisu and had so much fun. She made us yummy appetizers to eat in between. Definitely a great day!

It's great to see siena while discovering its history in such an entertaining way

Barbara was a wonderful host and teacher and the whole experience was amazing.