Staying in Siena for the first time? Get an insightful introduction to the architecture, art, and history of this city on a guided walk. Our Siena walking tour lets you discover the city by foot while admiring its main monuments. Our licensed expert guide will show and tell you all about attractions such as Piazza del Campo, the heart of the town, the Cathedral and the majestic Basilica of San Domenico, and the Palazzo Comunale (Town Hall).
You will also have a chance to peek into the life and stories of Siena's aristocracy such as the Tolomei, Piccolomini, and Salimbeni, and their lush palazzos. [readmore] Moreover, our guide will tell you all about the famous tradition of the Siena Palio and pilgrimage stories that make this town unique. Next, the walk will continue to the Cathedral sheltering works of artists such as Duccio di Buoninsegna, Pisano, Donatello, Pinturicchio, and Bernini! The order of the tour is subject to change.[readmore]
TOUR OPTION: if you wish, you can decide to enrich the visit experience by adding the amazing inside Guided Visit of the famous Siena Cathedral, built in the 12th century, together with its Libreria Piccolomini, to discover the beauty of its treasures and works of art, you can! It contains the not-to-be-missed floor (during the opening period), decorated with the art of mosaics to create storytelling masterpieces, St. John the Baptist by Donatello, the rose window by Duccio di Buoninsegna, the marble pulpit by Nicola Pisano, the Library which kept a rich collection of manuscripts. *When the Museum and the Oratory of the Contrada are not accessible, it will be replaced with another site of particular historic and cultural interest. Please note that the order of the visits may change.Read more
When the Museum and the Oratory of the Contrada are not accessible, will be replaced with another site of particular historic and cultural interest
You have the option to take a guided tour of Siena Cathedral. Please inform us at the time of booking, if you would like to
The ancient city of Siena overflows with historical, cultural, religious, and artistic treasures. There are so many things to do in Siena that first-time visitors can be overwhelmed with choices. Decision making is all the more problematic if you only have a limited time to spend.
Booking Siena walking tour with us will give you a holistic introduction to the past as well as present life in the city. Our licensed professional guides will lead you through the historic city center, covering the all the crucial monuments and landmarks. You are free to ask any questions, may they be about history or modern daily life in Siena. Our guide will happily share tips and tricks on where to eat and what to do!
Legend has it the son of Remus himself founded the city of Siena. Hence, the famous symbol of the wolf nurturing the little twins (Romulus and Remus) is an omnipresent occurrence not just in Rome but also in Siena. Nonetheless, the more tangible evidence paints a different picture of Siena's roots! The historians agree the city is of Etruscan origin. This advanced civilization lived in Siena for centuries. That is until, in the 1st century BC, the power-thirsty Romans took over the city and made it their military colony.
Unarguably, the city reached the peak of its prosperity around the 12th century. Siena flourished, grew in power, economic wealth, and size. However, with its power also grew its never-ending rivalry with Florence and the cities engaged in countless bickering wars. In the end, Florence emerged as the winner and the towns established a profitable alliance.
These two paragraphs don't even begin to cover all there is to know about Siena. Book our Siena walking tour today and get an introduction you will remember!