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Siena: Siena Cathedral Complex Pass (OPA SI Pass)

1. 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: Palazzo Pubblico Entry Ticket

2. 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. 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.

Siena: Civic Museum Private Tour

3. Siena: Civic Museum Private Tour

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.

Montalcino: Brunello’s Wine Temple Ticket and Wine Tasting

4. Montalcino: Brunello’s Wine Temple Ticket and Wine Tasting

Pre-book your entry ticket to Brunello Temple for an immersive and emotional journey to discover Brunello, king of wines and of the Montalcino territory. Enrich your visit with an optional tasting of 1 or 2 glasses of Brunello's wine. The experience begins at InChiostro, where a virtual reality viewer station called InVolo will allow you to immerse yourself in villas, castles, vineyards, and the small villages of the vast municipal area. Passing through the uncovered cloister, descend into an underground environment where the four founding pillars that have made Brunello unique are revealed through immersive videos. Move on to hear the voices of Brunello: interviews with the characters who have played a role in Brunello’s legend. In a divine painting, you’ll be invited to leave your mark through the color palette of Montalcino's colors. Artistic masterpieces will be presented in Calix, an expression of the inspiration and creative work that the land of Montalcino has been able to instill in people. Along the route, admire the frescoes of the Church of Sant’Agostino and learn the history of the area and its artistic heritage through the collections of the archaeological museum and the Civic and Diocesan Museum.

Siena: Palio Small Group or Private Tour & Contrada Museum

5. Siena: Palio Small Group or Private Tour & Contrada Museum

Siena: Legend of the Palio tour with exclusive Contrada Museum : ( Option to visit the Cathedral at the end with pre-reserved tickets ) Enjoy a small group (max 12 people) or a private tour and learn about the world’s greatest horse race Palio with an expert local guide. The Palio is not merely a tourist event, but extraordinary evidence of a Medieval tradition that still represents the joyful celebration of Siena and its history twice a year, on July 2nd and August 16th. Listen to stories of the crowds and chaotic thrills at the thunderous, lawless, and medieval-style horse race in Siena. On these dates the 17 Contradas (districts) into which the city is divided compete in the Piazza Del Campo, the main city square, to win glory in the eyes of the city and a very prestigious award: the “Palio”, a silk banner painted by great artists. Walk with your knowledgeable local guide through hidden alleys and narrow streets and discover some of the 17 Contradas with their fascinating traditions. Be enchanted by the numerous tabernacles, property markers, banners, ornamental decorations that give color to the streets and make each district unique: each Contrada is represented by an animal or a symbol and has a long and extraordinary history which is rooted in Siena’s glorious Medieval past. Get a deeply immersive experience in the Contrada’s daily life by visiting exclusively one of 17 museums where the most meaningful antique trophies and memories are preserved. Here you will learn from the voice of a local how this ancient heritage and tradition are still alive in people’s hearts and in Siena’s daily life. Feel part of the race visiting the square where the Palio takes place: Piazza Del Campo. Discover how this seashell-shaped square (one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and one of the most beautiful in Italy) has been the result of an enlightened government of the 14th century and how it constitutes the iconic heart of civic life still at the present day. Explore the enchanting neighborhoods of the Renaissance church of Provenzano and the magnificent square of the Cathedral, one of the best known Romanesque-Gothic monuments of Italy, both closely linked with the worship and glorification of the Virgin Mary, to whom the race is dedicated. Find out how the sacred and the secular coexist in the lives of the Palio’s lovers and leave your guide with enough knowledge to be independent after the tour. You can choose to extend your tour for an hour to visit the Siena Cathedral with pre-reserved tickets.

Siena: Guided Tour of Contrada Museum with Aperitif

6. Siena: Guided Tour of Contrada Museum with Aperitif

You can enjoy an unique experience with a Sienese guide and appreciate details about the ancient and historic tradition. Palio di Siena is a real passion felt all year ‘round by any Contrada that preserves history and documents in its private museum where you can admire the original costumes from original mounts to flags and works of sacred art, from ancient canvases and hand-painted banners to Masgalani engraved by famous Sienese artists. A unique heritage that you will have the opportunity to visit with expert guide At the end, enjoy an aperitif in Piazza del Campo, overlooking Torre del Mangia and the majestic square.

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What people are saying about Siena

Buying this pass worked really well for us. The Cathedral complex is stunning but so much to take in. The pass is valid for three consecutive days; on the first day, with wet weather, we did the Cathedral itself, with the crypt and the Piccolomini Library. Then the Baptistry, Museo dell'Opera and the Facciatone (which gives such a superb view over the Cathedral and the surrounding area. So you can choose to do what suits you, how much suits you across 3 days.

Our guide, an art history major, provided a fun, instructive afternoon. She explained the history of Sienna on our walk while sharing details about the culture and architecture along the way. We enjoyed the Duomo so much more with the extra details she provided. Such a great day and excellent value. Thanks!!

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.

Leuke wandeling door deel van de stad Boeiende gids - niet enkel de traditionele info Ook tieners waren geboeid!

It was great to have a pass to all locations. It was not very crowded and we got right in to all places.