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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: City Walking Tour with Optional Siena Cathedral Tour

2. Siena: City Walking Tour with Optional Siena Cathedral Tour

Explore Siena's rich history, culture, and traditions with a local guide. The tour is designed to show you Siena's most intriguing sites in a short period, with plenty of stops for photos along the way. Start the tour with a visit to some of the city’s most significant sites including the Piazza del Campo, Palazzo Publicco, Palazzo Tolomei, Palazzo Salimbeni, and the ancient Banchi di Sopra. Upon exploring, learn which buildings hold UNESCO World Heritage-listed status and why. Continue the tour to the Basilica of San Domenico, which is home to Saint Catherine's relics. Next, stop by the Sanctuary of St. Catherine of Siena, where she once lived with her family. Pass by the Baptistery and the Siena Cathedral (or the Duomo di Siena), and head inside for a closer look (if the optional guided tour option is booked). Inside, admire the array of works of art from some of Italy’s most important artists. 

Siena: Food and Culture Guided Walking Tour

3. Siena: Food and Culture Guided Walking Tour

Take a guided walk through Siena's history and food culture with a guide on this walking tour. Discover the medieval historic center and try some local specialties. Your experience begins at the main entrance of the Church of San Domenico. This is an important place for Siena and its people because it holds the relics of Saint Catherine, the Patron Saint of Italy. Walk through the medieval historic center and admire the charming architecture. Learn about the history of Siena from your guide along the way. Let the narrow alleys of the city lead you to the Piazza del Campo. Marvel at this shell-shaped square which is home to the majestic Palazzo Pubblico. Taste some "ricciarelli," a sweet local specialty, at your first food stop. Continue on to your next tasting at a local wine bar and try an Italian panino stuffed with your favorite ingredients and paired with a glass of wine. Afterward, admire the Gothic cathedral and the medieval pilgrims' hospital, which has attracted many pilgrims to Siena throughout the centuries. End your tour with some gelato at a local ice cream shop.

Siena: Duomo di Siena Private Guided Tour

4. Siena: Duomo di Siena Private Guided Tour

Discover, in a 2-hour private tour, one of the Siena’s most iconic historic buildings, and World Heritage Site, the Duomo Cathedral. An expert local guide will illuminate the most important historical and artistic events that led to the creation and decoration of this architectural gem. You’ll be able to skip the ticket office queue, so you can get straight into discovering the Duomo’s interior.  After an introduction about the extraordinary facade decorated with statues depicting philosophers, prophets and sibyls that seem to talk to each other, you will go inside to discover the interio: Cappella del Voto, designed and decorated by Bernini during the 17th century, the high altar, the beautiful inlaid marble mosaic floor, of which many parts can be seen, the pulpit created by Nicola Pisano, the Chapel of St John the Baptist (Cappella di San Giovanni) which has a beautiful statue of the Saint himself, created by Donatello in the 15th century, the marvellous Piccolomini's Library, and some of Michelangelo's statues.

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

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

Experience the wonders of Tuscany in 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 a visit to Pisa and its stunning Piazza dei Miracoli. Admire the Baptistery, the Cathedral, and, of course, the famous Leaning Tower. Visit San Gimignano, the medieval town that was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then you’ll follow the scenic roads of the Chianti region to Siena, the city of the Palio. In Siena, opt for lunch in central Piazza del Campo. Meet your local guide for a tour of the city (if option is selected), and see its important monuments, palazzos, and piazzas. Visit 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 head back to Florence.

Siena: 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

6. Siena: 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

See the artistic, religious, and cultural treasures of Siena on a 2-hour guided walking tour. Discover the best of the city on foot as you listen to your guide's explanation of local history, traditions, and noble families.  As you wander around the streets of this ancient town, discover how its glorious past is still present in the beauty and elegance of its palaces and squares, along the ancient pilgrim's route called 'Via Francigena' - The French Way. During your tour, visit the main sites, such as Piazza del Campo, where the famous horse race Palio takes place twice a year, and the Duomo square, with its amazing marble striped cathedral. You will also have the opportunity to get off the beaten track and discover some of the lesser-known sights dotted throughout the medieval neighborhood.

From Florence: Private Full-Day Trip to Tuscany

7. From Florence: Private Full-Day Trip to Tuscany

Discover Tuscany on this private full-day trip from Florence. Go back in time and learn about the history of Tuscany as you visit ancient sites like the stronghold of San Gimignano, the Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta, the Fortezza Medicea of Volterra, and much more. After being picked up from downtown Florence, enjoy a scenic view of the countryside as you drive to San Gimignano. This beautiful stronghold is one of the most popular attractions in Tuscany. During the trip, marvel at San Gimignano's ancient towers, visit the historic Piazza Duomo, and soak in the atmosphere at Piazza della Cisterna. Then, proceed to Volterra and stroll through the cobbled streets to reach an array of historical sites. See remarkable discoveries such as Etruscan tombs built hundreds of years before Christ, elaborate Roman baths, and an incredible theater excavated from rocks. The stop at the set of The Twilight Saga: New Moon is also worth looking forward to. Afterwards, recharge by having lunch at a local restaurant, trattoria, or farm house. Next, admire the imposing structure of the Fortezza Medicea of Volterra before heading over to Palazzo dei Priori, which is the oldest civic building in Tuscany. After your exploration, your driver will drop you off at your hotel in Florence.

Siena: The Life of St. Catherine Tour

8. Siena: The Life of St. Catherine Tour

Begin with the Basilica of San Domenico, exploring this extraordinary chapel dedicated to the saint on the right side of the nave. Your tour continues to the suggested birthplace of St. Catherine, which became a sanctuary in 1464 shortly after her canonization. The sanctuary consists of three oratories with decorations of different periods, ranging from the Renaissance to the Baroque to the Sienese Purism. These oratories allow you to understand the intense mystical and diplomatic life of St. Catherine. From the house of St. Catherine, descend towards Fontebranda, one of the oldest and most important medieval fountains whose water was used by the dyers. The district of Fontebranda was in fact inhabited by many dyers who had their houses, laboratories, and warehouses for dyeing cloth in this area. Among them was Catherine’s father, Jacopo Benincasa. From the fountain, decide whether to take the escalators that lead near the Duomo or walk along the Via del Costone, which offers wonderful panoramic views. Catherine used to walk this way to reach the cathedral and the hospital, and it was there that according to legend she had her first mystical vision as a small girl. You then reach Piazza San Giovanni, where the baptistery is located. It was rebuilt there as a sort of second façade of the cathedral during Catherine’s ages, who received the sacrament of Baptism there. Going up the steps of the Baptistery you reach the Duomo, in front of which the imposing building of the Hospital Santa Maria della Scala stands. In this place, Catherine used to offer her help to the sick and poor people of the city. Inside you will visit the Oratory where Catherine rested and prayed after having dedicated herself to works of charity.

From Florence: Siena & San Gimignano Day Trip with Lunch

9. From Florence: Siena & San Gimignano Day Trip with Lunch

Meet your driver and tour leader in your hotel lobby to embark on a full-day trip to Siena and San Gimignano. Hop aboard a private vehicle for a scenic drive through the rolling hills of the Chianti region, covered with vineyards and olive groves. First up, make your way to the town of Siena, stopping at the Basilica of San Domenico. Inside the church are the relics of Saint Catherine, the patron saint of Siena. Take a stroll to the Piazza del Campo to see the political center of town where the famous horse race Il Palio is held twice a year. From there, meander towards the Gothic Cathedral, which boasts an impressive collection of artworks by Michelangelo, Donatello and Bernini. Along the way, pass by a delicatessen that sells wild boar salami. If you fancy it, you can step inside for a tasting. Then, it’s onward to lunch at a boutique winery surrounded by the Chianti hills and vineyards. Taste the wine and the famous extra virgin olive oil with seasonal produce. Make your second stop at the walled town of San Gimignano, a UNESCO World Heritage site. See the 13 towers that dominate the skyline as you drive towards it. Learn how San Gimignano gained importance during the Middle Ages as a stop on the pilgrim route between Italy and France, known as Via Francigena (the road to France). The townsfolk produced silk and cultivated saffron that still grows around its foothills. Another industry that still exists here is that of Vernaccia di San Gimginano, a white wine. Learn about the region's history and where to find the best artisanal stores, coffee shops and gelato spots from your guide. Check out a selection of artisan stores selling locally made products. Stroll the winding streets, admiring spectacular views of the valley beyond. Afterward, meet your chauffeur for the transfer back to your accommodation in Florence. On the way, stop for one last magnificent panorama at Piazzale Michelangelo, and gaze upon views of the city. Before you leave, don’t forget to ask your local guide for tips on what else to see, do and eat during your stay in Florence.

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What people are saying about Siena

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 1,033 reviews

Intense day but the organizing duo for the group of a dozen people, transported in 2 minibuses, was very friendly and attentive. Morning in Siena with guided tour and lunch in a restaurant in the main square (indoors despite the good weather) with starter, main course, dessert and 1 drink included. Then Chianti tasting (you have to do it) to move on to San Gimignano (super charming in our opinion) for 1 hour (a bit short to be but given the time to eat the famous ice creams selected as the best in the world) and end up in Pisa for an hour too (which is sufficient here). Info: the tour was done with 2 children aged 2 and 3, it went well since they were able to sleep on the road.

Experience highly recommended! Especially if you don't have a lot of time but want to discover part of Tuscany and its history through the main cities beyond Florence. The day was very pleasant and well organized; small groups well followed also in terms of languages, thanks to our fantastic guide, Luca, who satisfied all our curiosities as well as his excellent illustrations and explanations. Luca was very kind throughout the day, but above all his love for history, art and the Tuscany that he manages to convey have captivated us and made the experience even more special ...

Wonderful guide Shallow. Gave us a real insight into the history of Siena and how that history continues to shape how Siena is today. Thoroughly recommend

Incredible tour with interesting facts and first class transportation

Pleasant day, well organized. Nice guide named Luca and prepared.