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Siena Historic Center (Siena Centro Storico)
With its lively piazzas, Gothic monuments, and well-preserved city walls, the Siena Historic Center (Siena Centro Storico) 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 Walking Tour - Private Guided tour

Get your Walking Tour in Siena and discover its culture, incredible sites, stories & legends with entertaining and passionate professional guides. See the artistic, religious, and cultural treasures of Siena on a 2 hours guided walking tour. The best way to take in Siena's important sites is on foot, as your guide tells you about the city’s noble families and the famous Siena palio along the way.
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Siena & Chianti: great wine experience - shared tour from Greve in Chianti

No stretch of Italian countryside is as synonymous with wine as Chianti, and no visit to this corner of Tuscany is complete without sampling its iconic reds. With this tour, pair the best of Chianti’s wine and culture with lunch and a tasting at a local winery as well as a guided walk to take in the medieval center of Siena, one of the most beautiful Tuscan hill towns.
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PolaTour Top10 Siena

Our Polaguides will allow you to discover the most hidden places, but no less fascinating than Siena and instant photography will allow you to appreciate the beauty of the city from a unique and unrepeatable point of view. Each shot will capture your favorite moments in photos immediately ready to be touched, waved and attached in the guide-albums created to be personalized, to browse whenever you want. Transform your visit to Siena into unique memories to share with the whole family, young and old, and with friends.
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On the path of Saint Catherine of Siena - Walking Tour, Small Group

Have you ever heard of Saint Catherine of Siena? This famous, celebrated patron saint of Italy and Europe and “Doctor of the Church” was born in the famous Palio city of Siena. If you are curious to know more then don’t miss this tour. You will visit locations that were important in the life of Saint Catherine.
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Tuscany in One Day Sightseeing Tour from Florence

Art, history, countryside, food. Tuscany has it all. If you only have one day free, book this Tuscany day trip from Florence to discover the region’s highlights with a local guide. Explore the city of Siena and the cathedral, and then take to the Chianti hills for a Tuscan lunch and wine tasting. Roam the streets of San Gimignano, and travel to Pisa to admire the architectural drama of Cathedral Square — home to the UNESCO-listed Leaning Tower of Pisa. Upgrade to include skip-the-line entry, if you wish.
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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.
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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.
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Small Group Tour: Tuscany Wine Tour Siena and San Gimignano - Full Day Tour from Rome - Tasting and lunch included

If you’re short on time but want to make the most of your visit to Italy, experience the famous Tuscan countryside with this full-day tour from Rome. Travel by air-conditioned minivan to a landscape of rolling hills, olive groves and vineyards, stopping to stroll through the UNESCO-listed hilltop village of San Gimignano. Visit a winery in the famed Chianti region for a tour and tasting with appetizers, and explore the well-preserved medieval city of Siena, home to the popular Il Palio horse race.
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Sunset Siena and Chianti Wine Tour with Dinner from Florence

Experience Siena and the Chianti region on this 7.5-hour evening excursion, departing from Florence. Bypass the daytime crowds and arrive in Siena in the late afternoon to explore the Piazza del Campo. From there, visit a Tuscan wine cellar in the famous region of Chianti and enjoy a 4-course meal paired with local wines. After a romantic evening in the Tuscan countryside, you will return to central Florence.
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Private Tour of Siena, Pisa, and San Gimignano from Florence

Spend a day in Tuscany, visiting the cities of Siena, Pisa, and the medieval town of San Gimignano. With a private driver, you’ll benefit from a more flexible itinerary with plenty of free time. Enjoy a stroll though Siena’s history-rich Old Town, then admire views over the Tuscan countryside from San Gimignano. Finish with a visit to Pisa’s Piazza dei Miracoli, and snap a photo in front of the Leaning Tower of Pisa before your return to Florence. Lunch and entrance fees are at your own expense.
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Siena, San Gimignano, Monteriggioni and Chianti Wine Tasting Tour from Florence

Combine medieval gems, fine wines, and UNESCO-listed monuments on this full-day tour of central Tuscany from Florence. Marvel over the medieval castle of Monteriggioni; explore the architectural wonders of historic Siena; and admire the striking skyline of hilltop San Gimignano. Enjoy a light lunch in Siena and finish your tour with a wine tasting at a local winery in the Chianti region.
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Private Tour: Secret Siena Walking Tour

Discover the medieval streets of Siena with a personal guide at your side, and find hidden-away corners far from the tourist crowds. Create a personalized itinerary on this private 3-hour tour, departing from Piazza del Campo in the morning or afternoon. Walk past major monuments as you explore on foot.
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Siena and San Gimignano from FLORENCE, PISA, SIENA, MONTEPULCIANO, LIVORNO, ROME.

With our many years of experience in the area, we offer our customers a tour of these two towns that they represent, the emblem of true Tuscany.We will be happy to recommend places to eat well and drink excellent wine.Siena and San Gemignano speak for themselves, it is not easy to explain them in words but only by visiting these magical places, you will have the opportunity to understand why they are a must on the international tourism scene.NOT TO BE MISSED.
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Best of Siena Guided Walking Tour with Palio Contrada

Maximize time in Siena with a guided walking tour through the medieval city streets. See local landmarks including Piazza del Campo and the Siena Cathedral while hearing stories about the city’s history and architecture from a local guide. Explore a local district, called a Contrada, and learn about Siena’s famous Palio horse races.
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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.
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Full Day Tuscan Countryside Small Group Tour from Montecatini

Enjoy a full-day tour into the heart of the beautiful Tuscan countryside. Visit the town of San Gimignano, the wine territory of Chianti, the medieval town of Siena and the Monteriggioni fortress.
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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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Full-Day Tuscany Wine Tasting, Siena and San Gimignano from Rome

Tuscany is famous for its medieval towns, gourmet cuisine, and fine wines, and this full-day tour from Rome checks off all three. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage towns of Siena and San Gimignano, sample wines from the Chianti region, and taste a selection of delicious Tuscan foods.
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Tuscany Wine Tasting and Lunch: Private Tour Siena and San Gimignano

Spend an unforgettable day exploring the highlights of Chianti on this full-day tour of Siena and San Gimignano from Rome. Walk the medieval cobblestone streets in the historic centers of both cities. Visit a local winery to taste 10 different types of wine and oil, and enjoy lunch in the restaurant on the estate.
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Siena and Chianti Wineries Excursion by Private Luxury Van from Florence

Get a personal introduction to Siena and Chianti with a full-day, private tour from Florence in a luxurious van. Stroll Siena’s gothic streets with a local guide, and discover the art and black-and-white architecture of its UNESCO-listed historic center. Explore rolling vineyards and olive groves then taste your way through famous wineries, family cellars, local olive oils and aged balsamic vinegar.
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Private Tour: Siena, San Gimignano and Pisa Day Trip from Florence

Spend a full day exploring a trio of Tuscany’s best-preserved medieval cities on a private day trip from Florence. Skip the stress of renting a car and let a personal chauffeur take your group directly from your hotel door through the Tuscan countryside and into the historic centers of Siena, San Gimignano, and Pisa. Explore the UNESCO-listed cities at your own pace, with the help of tips and local guidance from your driver.
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Tuscany discovery in Luxury Minivan from Florence - small group

Enjoy being chauffeured around Tuscany in a luxury minivan with an exclusive group of just eight people or fewer. This 2-day experience lets you get to know the flavors of Tuscany through its wine, cheese, olive oil, and other products, as well as all of the most important sights. A small group tour means you'll get an intimate atmosphere and plenty of time to ask questions.
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Private Tour to Siena and Montalcino from Florence

Experience the treasures of Tuscany on a private, full-day tour from Florence. Travel in a luxury minivan through a beautiful landscape known for its historic vineyards, medieval villages and olive groves. Visit the charming medieval city of Siena, home to the annual Palio horse race, and sip famous Brunello wine in the town of Montalcino. A professional, English-speaking driver can make recommendations on the best places to visit, shop and dine for a completely customized, stress-free day in the country. 
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Monteriggioni San Gimignano and Castellina in Chianti Fullday from Rome

Explore the Tuscan countryside on this fun and hassle-free all-day tour from Rome. After a convenient hotel pickup, travel by private minivan with an English-speaking driver. See the walled, medieval villages of Monteriggioni and UNESCO-recognized San Gimignano, and hill town of Castellina in Chianti. Upgrade to be accompanied by a professional guide and customize your itinerary. Enjoy a wine tasting included in the tour price.
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