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

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 choose a guided tour in your language to learn even more about the historic area. Reach easily our meeting point by taking the T1.3 tram heading to Villa Costanza. Begin with Pisa and visit its stunning Piazza dei Miracoli. Admire the Baptistery, the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, and, of course, the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. After your free time in Pisa, head to a typical Tuscan winery in the Chianti Area and enjoy a delicious lunch with some local wine. Explore the city of Siena and visit to 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. Enjoy your last stop in San Gimignano, a UNESCO medieval town, world-known for its Vernaccia di San Gimignano. The system of towers of San Gimignano tells the glories of the powerful families. Between saffron fields and typical indigenous vineyards, the city knows how to offer postcard views.

Siena: Siena Cathedral and Piccolomini Library Entry Ticket

Siena: Siena Cathedral and Piccolomini Library Entry Ticket

Benefit from fast-track entry to Siena Cathedral and admire its stunning interior artwork and architecture. Walk along the cathedral's ornate marble mosaic floor, and visit the Piccolomini Library, known for its collection of vibrant frescoes. Skip the line and enter the cathedral to explore one of the foremost masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture in Italy. Marvel 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. During your visit, listen to an official audio guide to learn about Siena Cathedral and its history and art. The audio guide is accessed by scanning a QR code on your cellphone on the day of your visit.

Tuscany: Day Trip to Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano, and Chianti

Tuscany: Day Trip to Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano, and Chianti

Spend the day discovering many of the main highlights of the Tuscan countryside on this guided tour with a traditional Italian lunch included. Make your way through the rolling hills as you discover the charm of Pisa, San Gimignano, and Siena. Your first stop will be Pisa and the Square of Miracles. See the cathedral, baptistery, and, of course, the famous Leaning Tower. The Leaning Tower is almost 56 meters tall, about 183 feet, and leans at about 4 degrees, making it one of the most famous and iconic buildings in the world.  From Pisa, drive past hilltop hamlets scattered across some of the most beautiful and enchanting areas of the countryside. Arrive at San Gimignano where a traditional Tuscan lunch with wine pairing will be served, if the option is selected. Continue to the preserved medieval village of San Gimignano, a UNESCO World Heritage site often nicknamed the “Manhattan of the Middle Ages” because of its famous tall, narrow towers. Explore the town center and the charming craftsmen shops along the cobbled stone streets and small squares. End the tour in Siena, a hilltop town rich in art and traditions. Stroll the pedestrian historical center and visit the beautiful local cathedral. Take a guided walking tour (if option selected) along the small medieval streets and squares, passing the oldest bank in the world, and the Piazza del Campo.

Siena: Cathedral Complex Pass with Audio Guide (OPA SI PASS)

Siena: Cathedral Complex Pass with Audio Guide (OPA SI PASS)

Make the most of your time at the Siena Duomo with an inclusive ticket allowing you to access all areas excluding the rooftop. Discover the history of the complex as you listen to informative commentary on the included audio guide. Enter the Duomo and admire its grand scale as you stroll along its mosaic marble floor. Admire sculptures such as The Feast of Herod by Donatello and St. Paul by Michaelangelo among other 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.                                                                                            

Florence: S. Gimignano, Siena, Chianti & Wine Tasting Lunch

Florence: S. Gimignano, Siena, Chianti & Wine Tasting Lunch

Embark on a scenic guided tour from Florence to the charming Tuscan towns of San Gimignano, Monteriggioni, and Siena, listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Stroll around the historic villages and enjoy a delicious Chianti Hills wine and balsamic vinegar tasting. Upgrade your experience with tickets to Siena Cathedral. Start at San Gimignano, the world-famous walled town located on a hilltop, which has remained intact through the centuries and is known for its tall towers, frescoes, and many other works of art. Take around 2 hours of free time to explore the city center. Visit the historical walled hamlet of Monteriggioni. Cross Chianti’s rolling hills to a cozy winery where you can relax and enjoy three wines and balsamic vinegar, followed by a Chianti-style three-course lunch. Enjoy a guided tour of Siena’s historic center (if selected in the option), starting with the 13th-century Basilica of San Domenico. Stroll along the narrow medieval streets of the city, flanked by splendid palaces and historic shops. Pass through the Piazza del Campo and visit the cathedral, if you select the option.  Take some free time in Siena before returning to Florence. The order of the visit may change.

From Florence: Tuscany Day Trip with Lunch at Chianti winery

From Florence: Tuscany Day Trip with Lunch at Chianti winery

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.

From Florence: Siena, San Gimignano & Monteriggioni Tour

From Florence: Siena, San Gimignano & Monteriggioni Tour

Experience the charm of Tuscany on a day trip to Siena, San Gimignano, and Monteriggioni from Florence. Try a variety of Chianti wines paired with snacks and admire the picturesque Tuscan hills.  Cross the beautiful Chianti hills as you ride south from Florence in an air-conditioned GT bus. The first stop is at Monteriggioni, a medieval hilltop town that is famous for its intact medieval city walls. After some free time, head to the world famous Siena. Explore the Piazza del Campo, that is known for the Palio Horse Race and for its splendid examples of Gothic civic architecture. Have time to visit the magnificent Palazzo Pubblico.  Arrive in San Gimignano, a medieval town declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Take time to wind your way through the narrow streets and admire the lush landscape. Finally, head to the Chianti area and enjoy postcard-perfect landscapes. Conclude your day at a famous wine estate and taste fine Chianti red wine along with homemade snacks.

From Florence: San Gimignano, Siena, and Chianti Wine Tour

From Florence: San Gimignano, Siena, and Chianti Wine Tour

Explore the heart of beautiful Tuscany on a full-day tour of the towns of San Gimignano, Siena and Colle Alta, then discover the bucolic wine region of Chianti. Reach easily our meeting point by taking the T1.3 tram heading to Villa Costanza. Depart from Florence by an air-conditioned bus to your first stop, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of San Gimignano. Discover Siena, the city of Palio horse-race and its enchanting architectural styles, including the Cathedral in Piazza del Duomo and Palazzo Comunale (Municipal Building) in Piazza del Campo. Piazza del Campo is famous shell-shaped square provides the stage for the thrilling Palio horse race, run twice every summer. Afterward, head out to a unique location in the Chianti countryside to enjoy a wine tasting. Once you hop off the bus, be guided around a splendid winery. Get introduced to the estate's fascinating history and background. Head inside the cellars to learn the secrets of Chianti winemaking together with the local host. Then enjoy a delicious wine tasting of Chianti Classico. Once the winery stop is over, explore the historic centre of Colle Alta, located in the upper part of Colle Val d'Elsa, the City of Cristal. Take your time to visit the Church of Santa Caterina and the Castle od Piticciano, main attractions of the medieval city center. Pass by the former Conservatorio di San Pietro, a project of the world-famous architect of Florence Giorgio Vasari. Last but not least, enjoy one of the most splendid examples of an Italian medieval town, San Gimignano. Distinguished by its famous towering skyline, San Gimignano stands along the Via Francigena on the hills of the Upper Val D’Elsa. Get acquainted with the Tuscan environment with the town’s Vernaccia di San Gimignano wine, saffron, and Santa Fina pottery. Take your free time to stroll through the town on your own and see its beautiful squares, architecture, churches, and side streets.

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

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

Discover the beauty of Siena during a 2-hour walking tour, one of the world's most well-preserved medieval cities. Walk the narrow cobblestone streets and marvel at the architecture. Visit the Basilica di San Domenico and learn more about St Catherine, patron of Italy. Learn about the grand history of this proud Republic and discover the traditional Palio, a spectacular festival that features a wild bare-back horse race around Piazza del Campo, the city's central square. Learn about the Contrade or city neighborhoods and how they wait all year to participate in this fundamental race. Visit Siena's historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to marvel at the magnificent architecture of Palazzo Salimbeni, today the world's oldest Bank, attesting to the wealth and trade of its glorious past. See Palazzo Tolomei, an imposing private Gothic building and the main square with its monuments and fountain. Discover the culinary traditions of the town and finally walk to one of the most spectacular cathedrals in Italy, the Duomo of Siena.  Your English-speaking local tour guide will escort you inside the Siena Cathedral to visit the chapels and to see the impressive masterpieces by Donatello, Michelangelo, and other artists, an unforgettably rich building of centuries of art and devotion.

Siena Walking Tour with Cathedral and Crypt & Museum Option

Siena Walking Tour with Cathedral and Crypt & Museum Option

Take a captivating journey through Siena on a guided walking tour with skip-the-line access to the Cathedral Complex. Your adventure begins in the heart of Siena Center, where you'll meet your knowledgeable guide and a small group of fellow explorers. Wander through the labyrinthine streets and charming squares of medieval Siena, soaking in the tranquility of its tucked-away corners. Immerse yourself in Siena's rich history as your guide regales you with tales of the famed Palio horse race and unveils the secrets of the Old Ghetto and Tower District. Ascend to breathtaking vantage points for panoramic vistas, capturing glimpses of the iconic Duomo and Torre del Mangia. En route to the majestic Piazza Del Campo, marvel at the architectural highlights that dot Siena's skyline, including the renowned Duomo. Discover the fascinating origins of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, shaped by the enlightened governance of the 14th century. As you meander through Siena's distinct Contrada, each representing a unique neighborhood steeped in tradition, envision the spirited rivalry that ignites during the Palio. Delve into the authentic ambiance of these vibrant communities and savor the opportunity to sample local delicacies like Ricciarelli and Panforte. Pause to admire the ornate Fonte Gaia fountain in Piazza del Campo, adorned with intricate reliefs depicting biblical scenes. Then, with our pre-arranged tickets, breeze past the queues and enter the awe-inspiring Cathedral. Traverse its hallowed halls adorned with masterpieces by Tuscan luminaries such as Duccio, Pisano, and Pinturicchio. The Cathedral houses many Renaissance highlights and the famous Piccolomini Library. Opt for an extended tour with OPA SI Pass to delve deeper into the Cathedral's treasures, including the captivating Crypt adorned with centuries-old frescoes. Learn from your guide about the ambitious vision behind the Duomo Nuovo and explore the Museo dell’Opera, home to exquisite sculptures and stained glass windows. Bid farewell to your guide and seize the opportunity to ascend the Facciatone, the unfinished façade of the New Cathedral, at your own pace. From this lofty vantage point, soak in the panoramic vistas of Siena and its picturesque countryside, concluding your journey on a truly unforgettable note.

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What people are saying about Siena Cathedral

Overall rating

4.5
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Overall it was very nicely done. We enjoyed all the stops, van was comfortable and guide friendly and helpful. If it would be up to me, I would spend more time in Siena and take a guided option and less time in San Gimignano. I would also want to include lunch with wine tasting. However, all in all, it was nice enjoyable and relaxing day.

Great day out. Nice lunch and lots of wines. Our tour leader Nathan was great, lots of info and shared some tips and tricks for good photos (thanks Nathan). Our tour guide in Sienna was lovely, and rather funny too (thanks Lucia). Driver was perfect. Fair bit of walking but we knew that before booking. Overall great value.

One of best cathedrals I visited in Italy. Fantastic gothic artwork and architecture. Online guide was great too however some of the floor art work was covered over. Great value for money. I upgraded my ticket to include the museum which has panoramic views of Siena. Amazing views and something I would recommend.

The trip was awesome! Marco was an excellent guide, and Michele drove really steadily while keeping a fast pace! All the stations (Pisa, the winery, Siena and San Gimignano) were excellent! I would recommend this trip to everyone who want to discover Tuscany! Mille grazie!

We had an incredible tour of Tuscany. Wonderful places, very relaxed and thanks to Marco, excellent guide, we managed to get very interesting information. I recommend and thank you