Fonte Gaia Tours

Fonte Gaia
The heart of Siena is Piazza del Campo, and the heart of this famous square is Fonte Gaia (Fountain of Joy). Dating from the 15th century, the fountain is lined with replicas of the original bas-relief panels by Jacopo della Quercia, considered a precursor to Michelangelo, and is one of the top attractions in this Tuscan town. 

The Basics
Fonte Gaia’s original panels are housed in the museum at the Ospedale di St. Maria della Scala in Piazza Duomo, and the fountain’s waters splash around 19th-century copies (minus two female nude depictions considered too risqué at the time). That doesn’t diminish the charm of this white marble fountain, however, and it is a popular gathering place in Piazza del Campo and a highlight of any walking tour of Siena. 

Join a small-group or private tour of this UNESCO-listed town and see Fonte Gaia along with other Siena landmarks such as the medieval Palazzo Pubblico, Torre del Mangia tower, and Siena Cathedral (Duomo di Siena). Siena is a popular stop on day trips to the Chianti region of Tuscany from Florence and Rome, which often include stops in Pisa or in the pretty village of San Gimignano.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Siena has one of the most picturesque medieval centers in Tuscany, so be sure to bring your camera.
  • Piazza del Campo is accessible to wheelchair users.
  • The piazza is pedestrian only, an ideal spot to let kids run off a bit of steam.
  • Fonte Gaia is surrounded by fencing to protect its delicate marble.
  • 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
Fonte Gaia is located in Piazza del Campo in the heart of Siena. You can walk or take a city bus from the train station, but 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, Piazza del Campo is either a destination to visit or to avoid during the biannual Palio, held in July and August. The square and fountain offer little shade, so are best explored in early morning or late afternoon in summer, or in spring or fall when the temperatures are milder.

Siena’s Palio Festivities
The Palio di Siena is a bareback horse race held in Piazza del Campo around Fonte Gaia each year in July and August. One of the most raucous historical festivals in Italy, the Palio features 10 horses and riders representing 10 of the 17 contrade, or historical town districts, racing around the circumference of the piazza, which is filled with throngs of revellers for the occasion. The festival also includes pageants, banquets, and religious events.
Address: Piazza del Campo Town Centre, Siena, Tuscany 53100, Italy
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Florence Day Trip to Pisa, San Gimignano, and Siena with Lunch

Discover three of Tuscany’s most iconic destinations on a full-day tour from Florence by coach. Snap photos of the famous Leaning Tower and Piazza dei Miracoli in Pisa, stroll through the UNESCO-listed hill town of San Gimignano, and step inside Siena’s cathedral. Enjoy a traditional Tuscan lunch and wine tasting in the countryside.
  • Duration: 12 to 13 hours
  • Duration: 12 to 13 hours
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Full day to San Gimignano, Siena and Chianti with lunch and wine tasting

Spend a delightful day exploring the hills and vineyards of Tuscany of a full-day tour from Florence. Stroll through the medieval streets of UNESCO-listed San Gimignano, learn the history of Monteriggioni’s imposing fortress and see highlights of Siena including the impressive cathedral and Piazza del Campo. Midday, stop at a winery in the famed Chianto Classico region for a lunch of Tuscan specialties and tasting of regional wine and olive oil.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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Siena Mobile Exploration Game: Battle for Duomo

Discover the top attractions & landmarks in Siena in a unique way: by playing a city exploration game on your smartphone. You play a historical role in an ancient political fight. Salimbeni and Tolomei are the two families fighting to gain the power of Siena. But what they don’t know is that another family is out to get them. That family is Terazzini. They choose to stay out of the spotlight and poke the two families to start a war against each other. You are a Terazzini fighting for your family’s cause. Find out secrets about the two families that you can use to harm them. Can you do it?Each riddle you solve will lead you from one place to another, giving you exact directions, so you won’t need a map, a GPS or a guide. When you solve it and guess the answer, the secret story of that place is unlocked.P.S.: After you buy the tour, you will receive an access code that you can to unlock this quest inside the Questo app.
  • Duration: 1 to 2 hours
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Guided walking tour of Siena

iena is a treasure trove of historical, artistic, religious and cultural riches all to be discovered.The best way to do it is on foot, admiring the changes to the town over the centuries and enjoying the spectacular scenery and curious particulars. With an authorized guide you will be able to appreciate the major tourist attractions like Piazza del Campo, the true heart of the town, the Palazzo Comunale (Town Hall), the Cathedral and the majestic Basilica of San Domenico. There will also be no lack of references to the great noble families, such as the Piccolomini, Tolomei and Salimbeni, and their palazzos, to the great tradition of the Siena Palio, but also to the stories of pilgrimage and saintliness that distinguish the town. The walk continues with a visit to the Cathedral that preserves the treasures of artists like Nicola Pisano, Duccio di Buoninsegna, Donatello and Gianlorenzo Bernini, besides its marvelous marble floor, which is a unique example in the history of art.
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Siena Food Tour

Travelling is knowing different traditional flavors of an area. The goal of the food tour is to let people know the Sienese dishes, savoury and sweet. After the meeting with the tour guide, who will explain in detail every dish rich in history and curiosity, the group will head to the first stop where you can taste mixed crostini, salami and cheese with a good glass of Chianti. The second stop will focus on truffles, the precious and well-known tuber, that make all those who do not know it crazy. Finished the starter is the turn of the first course, in a typical tavern just a few steps from the magnificent Piazza del Campo. Here, according to seasons, you can taste typical dishes like panzanella, pici with crumbs, tomato soup and pici with garlic. At the end of the tour the guide will bring the group in the San Domenico area, where a shop of local products will be the final taste of typical sweets: cantucci, panforte and ricciarelli, with a good glass of VinSanto.
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