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Siena Duomo Complex: Fast Pass Entrance Ticket

1. Siena Duomo Complex: Fast Pass Entrance Ticket

The magnificent complex of the Cathedral of Siena, its Duomo, houses a series of some of the most important monuments of the European artistic panorama. With over a million visitors every year, the Cathedral without a doubt represents the fulcrum of the entire complex, while other significant elements include the Crypt, the Baptistery and the Museo dell'Opera, all part of the impressive mass formed by the "Duomo Vecchio" (Old Cathedral), and the "Duomo Nuovo" (New Cathedral).  Enter the Baptistery of San Giovanni to admire the splendid Baptismal Font. From there, head down into the Crypt, the underground quarters that remained hidden for more than seven centuries. You'll enjoy free access to the Museo dell'Opera, before ending your visit with a climb up to the Facciatone ,where you will witness the most fascinating and unforgettable view over the city and the Tuscan countryside.                                                                                                                                                                            

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Florence Cathedral: Tour with Cathedral Terraces and Brunelleschi's Dome

2. Florence Cathedral: Tour with Cathedral Terraces and Brunelleschi's Dome

Explore the marvels of the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral in Florence with an expert guide. Learn about the cathedral's construction and artworks, and admire breathtaking views over the city from Brunelleschi's Dome. Begin with a guided visit of the interiors of the magnificent Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral. Avoid wasting time waiting in the ticket line and enter the Duomo accompanied by a licensed guide. After your quick entry, discover the superb works of art preserved inside the cathedral.  Then, enjoy the chance to go to one of the cathedral's exclusive terraces, where you can take in the magnificent scenery surrounding you, dominated by the amazing Brunelleschi's Dome. Find out about the techniques Brunelleschi used to create this architectural wonder. Without any additional waiting in line, climb even higher up to the magnificent Dome to enjoy a spectacular 360-degree view of Florence.

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Siena: Palazzo Pubblico Entry Ticket

3. Siena: Palazzo Pubblico Entry Ticket

Enter the Palazzo Pubblico of Siena and visit the Civic Museum with this entry ticket. Located inside the Palazzo Pubblico, the Civic Museum is a 13th-century building home to impressive wall-to-wall fresco paintings. Explore the museum to learn about the history of Siena and see precious artifacts. Exchange your voucher for an entry ticket at the ticket office and begin your visit in the Sala del Risorgimento. This room hosts fresco paintings that depict the life of Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of Italy. Walkthrough the Sala di Balìa and see wall paintings from the 15th-century by Spinello Aretino and Martino di Bartolomeo. Also, see the Sala dei Cardinali where precious carved coffers keep reliquaries. Move forward to the Sala del Concistoro, famous for its Beccafumi vault, and see Taddeo di Bartolo's 15th-century Cappella. Continue on to the Sala del Mappamondo, the widest room of the Palazzo Pubblico and used as the meeting place of the General Council. See the famous Maestà, a Gothic masterpiece painted by Simone Martini. Walk through the Sala della Pace or Buon Governo to see more fresco paintings painted by Ambrogio Lorenzetti. The museum entry ticket also includes a visit to the 14th-century gallery, Loggia dei Nove, which offers a beautiful view of the landscape behind Palazzo Pubblico.

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Siena 2-Hour Walking Tour & Skip-the-Line Duomo Tickets

4. Siena 2-Hour Walking Tour & Skip-the-Line Duomo Tickets

Discover the beauty of Siena during a 2-hour walking tour. One of Italy's loveliest medieval cities, it is known world-wide for its Palio, the country’s most spectacular festival that features a wild bareback horse race around Piazza del Campo, the central square. Visit Siena's historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and marvel at the magnificent architecture of the Palazzo Comunale and also the Palazzo Tolomei, said to be the oldest private palace in the city as well as the Basilica di San Domenico, Rocca Salimbeni, Palazzo Chigi Saracini, and other historical buildings. See the imposing stone tower of Palazzo Chigi Saracini, built by the powerful Marescotti family in the 12th century. The building is now the seat of the prestigious Accademia Musicale Chigiana, founded in 1923. Take a walk to St. Dominic's Basilica, built entirely of brick, and admire its Gothic architectural style. Continue your tour to one of the most spectacular cathedrals in Italy, the Duomo of Siena. Your guide will escort you inside the cathedral, where you’ll see impressive masterpieces by Donatello, Bernini, and Michelangelo. Admire the exquisite Gothic architecture, walk through the arcades with Renaissance busts of popes and emperors, and marvel at the unique black-and-white-striped bell tower.

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Florence: Bell Tower, Baptistery & Duomo Museum Tour

5. Florence: Bell Tower, Baptistery & Duomo Museum Tour

This tour begins at Giotto’s amazing Bell Tower, which is almost as tall as the Dome itself. At the top of the Campanile, your tour guide will tell you about the Opera del Duomo complex. Admire the unbelievable view from the top. Next, descend the tower and explore the Cathedral's beautiful exterior. Make a stop at the Baptistery to see its famous golden vault doors and hear the story behind them. This is where Dante Alighieri, one of the most famous Renaissance poets, and many more Renaissance men were baptized. Then head to the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo to see the original masterpieces that once stood in the cathedral. Inside the museum are Michelangelo's Pietà Bandini, the Cantories of Donatello, Luca della Robbia, and the so-called "Facciatone", which is Arnolfo’s 14th-century life-size facade. See the original Ghiberti's Paradise Gate, Donatello's Magdalene, and the original decorations of Giotto's. 

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Private Tour of the Civic Museum in Siena

6. Private Tour of the Civic Museum in Siena

With this 1.5-hour guided tour of the Civic Museum you will discover one of the major Italy museums. Inside Palazzo Pubblico an expert guide will explain you the frescoes, created by some of the most important 14th-century artists, such as Simone Martini, Duccio di Buoninsegna and Ambrogio Lorenzetti. Within the exhibitions, you will see artistic works from the 14th up to the 19th century, offering you a complete overview of the evolution of Sienese art. Your guide will lead you to discover the heart of Sienese Art — the Civic Museum inside the Sienese town hall. Once inside the Civic Museum you will be introduced to the beautiful 19th-century frescoes in the first room of the museum, dedicated to Italy’s Risorgimento (unification), and you'll discover the medieval World Map Room, with the masterpieces of Simone Martini, la Maestà, and il Guidoriccio da Fogliano. Finishing your visit in the Peace Room, where you'll find the famous depiction of Siena, and the Allegory of Good and Bad Government, by Ambrogio Lorenzetti, one of the first examples of civil art. The subject of the painting is not religious, but rather represents Utopia in Siena and explains the difference between the good and the bad government.

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Florence: Walking Tour, Accademia Gallery & Uffizi Gallery

7. Florence: Walking Tour, Accademia Gallery & Uffizi Gallery

The morning part of your full-day tour begins with a guided visit of the Accademia Gallery. Learn why Michelangelo's David is the most recognizable symbol of Florence and what the statue represented in its time. Enjoy a close encounter with timeless works of art and get the inside story of the life and times of Michelangelo, the consummate artist of the Renaissance. After the guided tour you’ll have some free time on your own to explore further and have lunch. The second part of the tour begins in the early afternoon. You’ll enjoy a complete introductory tour to the city and 2,000 years of Florentine history. Learn about the city’s Roman origins, and see the Ponte Vecchio, the famous Uffizi courtyard, and Brunelleschi magnificent Dome that overlooks the Baptistery's golden Gates of Paradise. After the walking tour you’ll visit the Uffizi Gallery, one of the world’s top art museums. Your knowledgeable guide will explain the works of the great artists from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance: Cimabue, Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, and others. Admire well-known paintings that you have seen all your life in books, magazines, and on TV. Learn the secrets of the craft, techniques, and tools of the artists. When you encounter the incredible wealth of artworks of the period, you can understand why Florence is known as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.

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Florence Duomo Tour: Baptistery and Museum

8. Florence Duomo Tour: Baptistery and Museum

Enjoy skip-the-line admission to the Duomo complex (Cathedral and Museum) in the heart of historic Florence. Your licensed guide will take you on a tour of the Duomo, the Baptistery, and the Opera Museum. You'll also see the exterior of Giotto’s Bell Tower. On this guided tour you’ll be able to hear your guide’s commentary perfectly with the audio system that’s included. If you like you can climb to the top of the bell tower. The tour includes visits to the Cathedral, Baptistry, and the Opera Museum. Admire the important works of art that reside in the Opera Museum including The Pietà by Michelangelo that he himself mutilated and left unfinished at his death and Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise.

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Florence Afternoon Walking Tour & Uffizi Gallery Tour

9. Florence Afternoon Walking Tour & Uffizi Gallery Tour

This tour of Florence, the center of the Italian Renaissance, begins in the early afternoon in the city center of Florence. During the 3.3 hours, you’ll learn many of the facts and some of the secrets of 2,000 years of Florentine history, from the city’s Roman origins to its 15th-century palaces. Take a stroll from the Ponte Vecchio through the famous Uffizi courtyard to Brunelleschi’s Dome, the architectural wonder that overlooks the Baptistery's golden Gates of Paradise. After the walking tour, you’ll visit the Uffizi Gallery, one of the world’s top art museums. Your knowledgeable guide will tell you about works of the greatest artists from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance: Cimabue, Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, and many more. You’ll have the opportunity to admire world-famous paintings close-up. In addition, you’ll learn about the craft, techniques, and tools of the artists. As you take in the incredible collection of the Uffizi you’ll come to understand why Florence is called the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.

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Accademia Gallery and Uffizi Gallery: Tour with City Walking Tour and Lunch

10. Accademia Gallery and Uffizi Gallery: Tour with City Walking Tour and Lunch

Begin your experience with a guided visit of the famous Uffizi Gallery. Admire incredible works of art by great Renaissance masters such as Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello, and Giotto. When the guided tour ends, spend time exploring the museum on your own. Continue to the Accademia Gallery, home to an impressive collection of art and sculpture. Admire some of Michelangelo's most beloved masterpieces, including the famous 'David', and other important works such as 'I Prigioni,' 'San Matteo', and the 'Palestrina Pietà'. Next, visit a local restaurant and enjoy a typical Tuscan meal a few steps from the Piazza del Duomo. Spend the last part of the tour exploring the heart of the historic center of Florence with your guide. Start at the splendid gothic Loggia del Bigallo which overlooks Piazza Duomo. From here, discover the amazing complex of monuments that characterize the religious center of Florence: the Baptistery of San Giovanni with the Porta del Paradiso (Gates of Paradise), the elegant Giotto Bell Tower, and the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, home to Brunelleschi's dome. See the imposing stone building of the Orsanmichele Church, a masterpiece of the Florentine Gothic style, the famous Straw Market, and the charming Signoria Square. Dominating all this is the majestic Palazzo Vecchio and the Arnolfo tower, one of the most famous symbols of Florence.

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What people are saying about Siena

Best way to see Florence! Our guide Carmen was amazing and so knowledgeable, she tailored our tour to accommodate to a slightly slower pace since my parents couldn’t walk too fast. She answered all the questions we had along the way and even provided tips for places to go see on our own during the rest of our visit in Florence. Her voice was very soothing and easy to listen and my family and I enjoyed spending the day with her exploring the city. Entrance to the museums was faster and the galleries were even more interesting and enjoyable thanks to our guide. Will definitely recommend!

Mateo met us at the appointed time in an easy to find location. His commentary and insights during the visit to the Accademia were focused on a select group of artworks and permitted a more in-depth enjoyment of the selected works, of course, Michelangelo's David being a centerpiece. The access to the terrace during our Duomo visit was a special treat as well as the visit to the top of the dome. 3 and 1/2 hours well-invested.

I loved the frescoes and the whole experience in Siena. One thing I want to make sure all visitors know is that there are escalators leading from the mall across from the train station into Siena. We didn't realize this and instead walked the whole way (!) which took about 1/2 hour.

Easy access. Wonderful experience. Floor mosaics were uncovered for viewing. A treat!

Excellent guide. He was able to underline the important aspects.