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Our most recommended things to do in Siena
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. ...
Getting into the Cathedral was fascinating and very impressive but the best bit was going up to the panoramic viewpoint which is included in this ticket, where you have excellent views of the Cathedral and the city as whole.
2. Siena: 2-Hour Walking Tour with Duomo and Il Campo
Start your walking tour of Siena at the Duomo, also known as Cathedral of the Assumption, and discover a masterpiece of Gothic architecture that contains famous works of art by Michelangelo, Donatello and Bernini. Then, follow the path of the Via Francigena to admire the city's most important buildings and monuments, including the main building of the Monte dei Paschi, the oldest bank in Europe. Pass the beautiful Palazzo Tolomei and get a closer look at one of the finest palaces of the Italian Gothic style. Conclude your walking tour in the monumental Piazza del Campo and experience the historical beating heart of the city, where the famous Palio di Siena horse race takes place twice a year.
Benedetta has good communication skills and it was a pleasure to listen her. However, since the streets were overcrowded and the agency haven't provided any headphones it was difficult to listen. I wish the agency fixed this problem.
3. Florence: Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano, and Chianti Experience
Your day starts in the morning with a free tour of Pisa, where you will have time to admire the magnificent cathedral, the baptistery, the monumental cemetery and the famous Leaning Tower. Afterwards, you'll move on to a typical winery in the Chianti Hills on the slopes of San Gimignano. There you will enjoy a typical Tuscan lunch accompanied with a good local wine tasting. Following lunch you will discover one of the most beautiful medieval villages of San Gimignano, or the "Medieval Manhattan, where you can explore the maze of cobbled streets, small squares and many local craft stores. Your exciting day continues with a panoramic view of the true Chianti countryside before arriving in Siena, where if desired, your professional guide will let you discover the most important squares, from Piazza del Campo to the cathedral, passing through the most beautiful contrade that charac...
Tour was planned and time was sufficient for cowering Pisa, Sangimignano with wine tasting and Siena tour, Driver was good and tour guide was efficient in explanation and guiding the best possible key locations across all 3 cities
4. From Florence: Tuscany Day Trip with Optional Lunch and Wine
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 eit...
This was such great value for money. Alessandro & Riccardo took very good care of us on our trip. It was well organised and kept to a timely schedule. Alessandro (guide) is very enthusiastic and has a wealth of knowledge to share. He also makes some great jokes that keeps the information enjoyable rather than a history lesson. Could not recommend more doing this trip as you really get to see all of Tuscany. The lunch will also cater for dietary needs which is great!
5. Siena: City Walking Tour with Optional Siena Cathedral Tour
Explore one of the most beautiful cities in the world with a friendly, local guide and immerse yourself in Siena’s rich-history, culture, and traditions. The tour has been designed to show you the very best that Siena has to offer in a short space of time, 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. As you explore, you’ll learn which buildings hold UNESCO World Heritage listed status and why. Continue the tour to the Basilica of San Domenico, which is home to the incredible relics of Saint Catherine. Next, stop by the Sanctuary of St. Catherine of Siena, where Saint Catherine once lived with her family. Pass by the Baptistery and the Siena Cathedral (known as the Duomo di Siena), and head insi...
Brava Ludmila, bel giro per le strade di Siena, con aneddoti e informazioni utili per comprendere meglio la storia della città e le tradizioni del luogo.
6. From Florence: Chianti Hills Wineries Tour with Tasting
Immerse yourself in Italy's renowned winemaking culture on this tour. Meet your friendly guide at the local partner’s office in Santa Maria Novella Train Station, then leave the city behind as you head out into the Tuscan countryside. Arrive in the charming town of Radda in Chianti and visit one of the town’s traditional wineries. Enjoy a tasting session of 3 regional wines, then have the opportunity to purchase the wines you’ve tasted as well as other local products including olive oil. Afterwards, spend some free time exploring the narrow streets of the town and peruse the local stores for handmade souvenirs. Later, Continue your tour to the next stop of the day, a traditional farm and winery located in the Chianti Hills. Follow your guide on a tour of the entire winery and learn about the winemaking process from grape to glass. Then enjoy another tasting session of 3 Chianti wines a...
The guide from the service was just ok. She spoke English and was nice but was quiet mostly the entire bus ride and admitted to knowing nothing about wine. The people at the two places we did wine tours were super nice and knowledgeable. Both in beautiful places. The town we went to was nice but also there was one we passed much closer to Florence that would have cut out a lot of driving. Most of the experience was driving.
7. Siena Cathedral and Piccolomini Library Fast Entrance Ticket
Enter the Sienna Cathedral and admire one of the foremost masterpieces of renaissance art and architecture. Consecrated in 1179, the cathedral is notable for its elaborately decorated dome, as well as its magnificent polychrome marble façade. Gaze at elaborate altarpieces, a sculpture by Michelangelo, and all manner of ornate decorations. Afterwards, head to 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. All the while, escape the long lines by buying a ticket in advance, complete with skip-the-line access.
Access to a fast lane-BUT you will have to stand in line first to convert you vouger to a ticket
8. From Florence: Siena, San Gimignano & Monteriggioni Tour
Visit three medieval towns and the Chianti area in one day on this tour. First, you will cross the beautiful Chianti hills as you ride south from Florence in an air-conditioned GT Coach. You will arrive at San Gimignano, a medieval town declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. San Gimignano is famous for its white wine, the world-renowned Vernaccia, and its skyscrapers! Take time to wind your way through the narrow streets and admire the landscape. Your tour will make its second stop in Siena. Here you will find the Piazza del Campo, famous for the Palio Horse Race and for its splendid examples of Gothic civic architecture. You can also visit the magnificent Palazzo Pubblico with its Torre del Mangia. Continuing south, the tour will make a stop in Monteriggioni, where the medieval city walls remain intact. The main piazza, the Piazza Roma, is the perfect place to savor the history of...
Very comfortable bus with an enthusiastic guide. There was enough time to explore the cities on my own. The cities themselves were amazing and the guide added interesting historic information
9. From Florence: Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano, Chianti Day Trip with Siena Cathedral and Lunch
Your day begins early in the morning with a tour of Pisa, where you will admire the stunning Cathedral, the Baptistery, and the Monumental Cemetery. Take photographs next to the celebrated Leaning Tower. Continue to a winery in the foothills of San Gimignano, where you will enjoy a typical Tuscan lunch with wine tasting. After lunch, explore one of the most famous medieval hilltop villages in Italy, San Gimignano. Discover the maze of cobbled streets, picturesque piazzas, and local artisan shops. Next, admire a panoramic view of the Chianti countryside, followed by a stop in Siena. Here, a specialist guide will lead you on a walk through the city's historical center. Skip the ticket line to see the interior of the magnificent cathedral, and pass through the shell–shaped Piazza del Campo, where the Palio horse race is held twice a year. You will then return to Florence.
10. 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 r...
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Planning Your Visit
How long to spend in Siena, Italy?
It is possible that two days in the city is enough, but allow yourself a couple extra days to relax and go for wine tasting in the surrounding countryside of Tuscany.
One of Siena’s most famous attractions is the Palio, a bareback horse race held every July 2 and August 16 at Piazza del Campo. Seeing this ancient tradition is a once in a lifetime opportunity. If you’re visiting Siena around these times, however, be sure to book hotels, restaurants, and, of course, tickets to the Palio six months in advance if possible—it’s one of the rare times that Siena will feel very crowded.
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- Fall may be the best time to visit because of the autumn colors in the countryside. Although you can expect some rain, the temperatures are typically warm, and there are plenty of outdoor festivals to visit.
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What people are saying about Siena
Olivia was an amazing tour guide and really interacted with the group to make you feel very welcomed. Siena was beautiful and the walking tour was very informative and really made me feel like I knew the city better. The lunch at the farm had an unforgettable view!
A super busy day with views and very enjoyable walks. You have time to take souvenir photos and explore each city as you wish. I recommend taking the meal included as it was a great experience and well worth it.
Really good day. Thank you Angela. We had the chance to discover Pise, Siena, San Gimignano in one day. Amazing lunch with view on the Chianti. Angela does everything for customers!
Excellent wine tasting in Montalcino!!!! Lucia’s knowledge of wine and history was enlightening!!! Best tasting ever.
Really beautiful place. And this ticket saved us a lot of time!