Historic Centre of Siena Tours

With its lively piazzas, Gothic monuments, and well-preserved city walls, the historic center of Siena is one of Italy’s most impressive medieval cityscapes.  A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995, the old town is an open-air museum of striking historical architecture, including the Piazza del Campo and the Gothic cathedral.

The Basics
The heart of Siena’s historic center is Piazza del Campo, home to the famous Palio horse races and landmarks such as the medieval Palazzo Pubblico (town hall), Fontana Gaia fountain, and Torre del Mangia tower. Nearby, the marble-fronted Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption (Cattedrale Metropolitana di Santa Maria Assunta, or Duomo di Siena) is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture and one of Siena’s most impressive sights. Additional highlights include the Fort of Santa Barbara (Fortezza di Santa Barbara) and Palazzo Salimbeni palace.

Siena’s historic center is best explored on foot as part of a walking tour, and the town is a popular stop on day trips to the Chianti region of Tuscany from Florence and Rome. Tours often include either the city of Pisa or the picturesque villages of San Gimignano, Monteriggioni, and Castellina. Full-day sightseeing itineraries generally include a stop for lunch and wine tasting.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Siena is one of the most beautiful medieval centers in Tuscany, so be sure to bring your camera.
  • The town is accessible to wheelchair users, but if your visit is part of a wine tour, wineries may not be. Check in advance.
  • Tours of Siena and the villages of Tuscany require a fair bit of walking. Choose comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.

How to Get There
Siena is about 90 minutes directly south of Florence by car or train. The most convenient way to visit is by joining a small-group or private tour that includes transportation so you can also explore nearby Tuscan villages.

When to Get There
Home to one of the most famous and popular medieval festivals in Italy, Siena is either a destination to visit or to avoid during the annual Palio, held in July and August. The town offers little shade so is best explored in spring or fall when the temperatures are milder.

Siena’s Palio Festivities
One of the most raucous historical festivals in Italy, the Palio di Siena focuses around a bareback horse race held in Piazza del Campo each year on July 2 and again on August 16. Ten horses and riders representing 10 of the 17 contrade, or historical town districts, race along a track through the screaming crowds for honor and glory. The celebrations also include pageants, banquets, and religious events.
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Siena and San Gimignano 1 Day Trip from Rome - Semi Private Tour

Get medieval on this action-packed semi-private day trip from Rome to the gorgeous Tuscan towns of Siena and San Gimignano, strolling the streets of the two UNESCO world heritage-listed towns, sipping local wine and learning all about the history of the places.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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  • Duration: 12 hours
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Perugia and Assisi Private Umbria Day Trip from Siena

Visit the hill towns of Perugia and Assisi on a day trip to Umbria from Siena. With your own private driver, you'll journey through the hills of Crete Senesi to the ancient town of Perugia. Stroll through the heart of the town, perhaps visiting Piazza IV Novembre or the Corso Vannucci, then relax over lunch in a traditional restaurant. In the afternoon, you'll continue to Assisi, the town known as the home of St. Francis. Visit sites linked to the beloved patron saint, then leave for a wine tasting at an Umbrian winery.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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  • Duration: 11 hours
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Private Siena and San Gimignano Tour with Wine Tasting From Rome

Escape the hustle and bustle of Rome on this private tour of Siena and San Gimignano. After an early morning pick up from your address in Rome, head out into the picturesque countryside of Tuscany. Explore the enchanting and historic city of Siena, before heading to San Gimignano with its many medieval towers. Finish the day with a wine tasting and light lunch at a local winery.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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USD131.19
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  • Duration: 11 hours
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Day Trip to Siena and San Gimignano With Wine Tasting

Do you wish to escpare from the daily crowd of the city? Do not hesitate to take our tour. The Day Trip to Siena and San Gimignano with Wine Tasting is a full day tour in the Tuscany landscape. The pick up and drop off is at your hotel. Our 12 hours day trip includes a visit to the beautiful city of Siena and the little village of San Gimignano. Light lunch with wine tasting is included in the price. If you have kids, just precise it during the reservation and we replace the wine with another drink.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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  • Duration: 12 hours
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MONTERIGGIONI - SIENA

Monteriggioni is a medieval little village built in 1200 characterized by its perfectly preserved belt of walls; in the centre of the village we will stop for a quick walk and a coffee….Back on our van we will reach Siena in just 20 minutes!Siena is a pearl in the Tuscan countryside, a countryside steel rich of ancient castles which show how life was going on in the middle ages. This tour will make you discover the town that had been fighting against Florence for centuries; the town that gave birth to artists such as Simone Martini or Ambrogio and Pietro Lorenzetti…
  • Duration: 5 hours
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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Luxury Maremma wine tour

Visit of the two most important Maremmas wineries known for their modern design, Rocca di Frassinello and Le Mortelle. Tasting of 3 innovative wines at Rocca di Frassinello owned by Panerai then preceed to Antinori's Mortelle design from Renzo Piano, taste their gourmet lunch paired with 4 of their top wines.Sommelier/wine expert driver-guide;Luxury minivan Mercedes;Full Lunch with wine tasting at Le Mortelle owned by Antinori Family;Visit and wine tasting in the afternoon at Rocca di Frassinello Estate owned by Panerai;About 6h experience;
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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