• Tour code: 6274SIENA
  • Location: Siena, Italy
  • Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

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See another side of Siena, a jewel of Tuscany, with a 90-minute tour that includes a stop at the Contrada Museum and a lesson in making gelato. Siena’s famous ‘Palio’ horse race pits the city’s 17 ‘contrade,’ or neighborhoods, against one another. The Contrada Museum gives you a chance to understand local history better, and learning to make gelato makes the whole day sweeter.

Highlights

  • A 90-minute guided walking tour of Siena with a gelato-making stop
  • Visit the Contrada Museum to learn about Siena’s districts
  • Have a stroll around the main square, Piazza del Campo
  • Learn about the history of the palio, the famous horse race in the Piazza del Campo
  • Tour one of the of the city’s 17 contrade, or neighborhoods
  • Learn how gelato is made and then try a sample

What You Can Expect

Siena Walking Tour with Contrada Museum and Ice Cream Tasting

Learn how to prepare the typical Italian Gelato

Meet your guide in the main square of Siena, the Piazza del Campo. There, you'll hear stories of the famous Palio that takes place in that piazza, and learn how the bell tower (campanile in Italian) atop the city hall lent itself to a word Italians use to describe allegiance to one's home: campanalismo.

Explore that concept further with a visit to the Contrada Museum, where you'll learn the names and historic significance of each neighborhood, as well as what makes each one unique. Then, wander through one contrada in particular to put your new knowledge to use.

Your walk brings you to a local gelateria, a sweet part of any day in Italy. Learn from an expert at the gelateria how this famous Italian treat is made, followed by a sampling of that shop's gelato to end your tour.

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