Reach beneath the touristy veneer to uncover a deeper understanding of the history, art, and traditions of this UNESCO listed city.
Italy's loveliest medieval city
Duration: 3 Hours
Enjoy a small-group ( max 12 people ) or a private tour to discover Siena with its famous monuments and hidden treasures on a walking tour. Benefit from our pre-reserved skip-the-line tickets for the Cathedral and never wait in a line again.
Catch quiet moments in tucked-away squares and gardens as you stroll through the winding and well-preserved medieval neighborhoods. Learn the history behind the renowned Palio horse race from your expert guide. See the Old Ghetto, the Tower District, and take in panoramic views from one of the city’s highest points.
Walk the winding path that offers a beautiful of the Duomo and Torre del Mangia from afar. Stop here for a hot second for a lingering first glance of Siena! Continue your tour with 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.
Siena is a city with strong traditions, more notably the Palio horse race which takes place here and divided for centuries the “contrade”. Learn about the contrade, the independent towns that challenge each other twice a year in occasion of the Palio (the famous horse race)! Walk to one of the most typical contrada and plunge into the authenticity of the atmosphere. Siena’s past has been glorious during the Middle Ages and your guide will explain how even the local pastry reflects the prosperity of the city during that era.
See the magnificent Fonte Gaia fountain adorning the higher part of Piazza del Campo. Give a break as you watch sides decorated with reliefs of The Creation of Adam and The Flight from the Garden of Eden.
Ask your guide where to find the best local bakery that uses still centuries-old recipes to make the typical Ricciarelli or Panforte before moving on to the second part of the tour.
Skip the line to enter the Cathedral, enjoy a tour of the cathedral to see the magnificent marble mosaic inlay floor and the astonishing decorations by the Tuscan artists. Explore the medieval masterpieces by Duccio and Pisano and the stained glasses. See also the Renaissance highlights: several Donatello, Michelangelo and Bernini sculptures, and the frescoes by Pinturicchio in the Libreria Piccolomini, where a first-time painter has taken the first steps before the imminent fame: Raphael.
Leave your guide with enough knowledge to be independent for after the tour.
Piazza San Domenico
Piazza del Campo
Siena Cathedral with skip-the-line tickets
We meet at the church of San Domenico under the big tree.
Your guide will have a signboard that says Walks In Europe.