Siena

Discovering a unique city

City tour

This itinerary is particularly recommended to those who visit Siena for the first time and want to discover the most significant places of a city that was one of the most important economic and cultural centers of the Italian Middle Ages, whose historic center was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. ‘Humanity.

In our guided tour we will visit all the symbolic places of Siena
The Basilica of San Domenico , a large Gothic church which preserves the head of Saint Catherine. We will then follow the path of the Via Francigena, a fundamental communication route in the history of the city and the road axis along which you can admire the most important buildings and monuments, among them: the headquarters of Monte dei Paschi, the oldest bank in Europe and the Palazzo Tolomei, Palazzo Chigi Saracini and seat of the Academy
The Siena Cathedral , the Cathedral of the Assumption, a jewel of Gothic architecture and a casket that contains the famous works of Michelangelo, Donatello and Bernini.
The tour will have its natural conclusion in the monumental Piazza del Campo , the beating heart of the Sienese culture and extraordinary architectural scenography in which the famous Palio di Siena .

The visit ends in Piazza del Campo. Duration 2 hours.

With the guide we will assign you, you can agree on a detailed and personalized tour and any entrances

Duomo ticket office

Tour guidati a Siena

Secret Siena

(Maximum duration 3 hours)

A guided tour designed for people who already know Siena but wish to discover the less known stories and anecdotes of the city. Together we will dive into the wonderful tangle of narrow streets, towers and hidden squares which keep the oldest stories and secrets of the city.
Little Churches, less known but extraordinarily rich of masterpieces, such as Santa Maria dei Servi and San Martino, alleys kept intact through the centuries, hidden traces of ancient arts and crafts, as well as the nature that grows inside the walls of a medieval urban plan still throbbing with life. Mysteries, forgotten stories, curiosities, legends and characters that have made history of this town.

A different way of visiting Siena.

Siena museums around the Duomo complex

(Maximum duration 6 hours)

On this guided tour we will discover together the most monumental spaces of the historical center of Siena. The Duomo is the focus of a series of exceptionally beautiful museums, which bring together some of the greatest masterpieces of the medieval art: the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, with its valuable stained glass window and the superb Majesty by Duccio di Boninsegna; the Baptistery, a true example of Gothic architecture of the 14th century; the Piccolomini Library, inside the Cathedral, frescoed by Pinturicchio; the Crypt, extraordinary discovery made only twenty years ago, which contains priceless testimonials of the 13th century.

Siena museums of the council’s pride

(Maximum duration 3 hours)

A thematic guided tour to discover the history of Siena from its municipal museums, a suggestive journey that will allow us to retrace the entire history of the city, from the Etruscan origins to the political, commercial and artistic affirmation in the late Middle Ages. We will visit the Museum Complex of Santa Maria della Scala, one of the oldest hospitals in Europe, which houses, in the Pellegrinaio, one of the most important cycles of frescoes of the Sienese’s 15th century . Then we will delve in the underground tunnels of the former hospital, going towards the Archaeological Museum, which displays important Etruscan finds from across the province. We will visit the Civic Museo, inside the Palazzo Pubblico, which houses the most famous frescoes of the Sienese medieval times, starting with the Buongonverno by Ambrogio Lorenzetti and the Majesty by Simone Martini.

santa maria della scala siena

Siena Duomo’s pavement

(Maximum duration 2 hours)

A visit to admire the magnificent pavement of the Duomo, which is covered for ten months per year in order to preserve it from the wear of time: a unique opportunity to discover one of the most beautiful pavements in the world. Our guides, with their deep knowledge of the religious iconography, will accompany you on an unforgettable journey through the stories of the Old Testament, the prophecies of the Sibyls, the allegories and the myths that have founded the Western culture. In addition to the magnificent floor, we will also analyze together the other masterpieces located in the Cathedral, like the thirteenth-century pulpit which is one of the greatest masterpieces of Nicola Pisano.

Basilica cateriniana San Domenico

(Maximum duration 2 hours)

A tour to retrace the history of the medieval Siena from the San Domenico Church: the church is dedicated to one of the most representative figures of the Sienese history, Santa Caterina, patroness of Italy.
Built in the 13th century, the Church became Caterina’s favorite place of prayer, who was seen in mystical ecstasy several times right in the majestic Chapel of the Vaults.
Our guides will tell you about how the Saint’s life is indissolubly linked to this church, which today still preserves her relic in a beautiful Renaissance chapel. The history of San Domenico Church is not only linked with Caterina: the fourteenth-century crypt, the Renaissance frescoes and the Gothic architecture are the wonderful demonstration of the timeless charm of this church, capable of surviving for cen-turies to earthquakes, fires and to the thousands of damages brought along with the passing of time.

Palio di Siena

(Maximum duration 2 hours)

The Palio of Siena is the event that best represents the spirit of the community: the mixing of sacred and profane, the eternal rivalry between the districts of the city but at the same time the common love towards the city itself, the pride of a Siena-identity able to preserve its traditions despite the centuries. Breathing the atmosphere of celebration and sacredness around this unique event will be an unforgettable experience.
With our guided tours you will be able to look closely at the thrilling wait for the Palio, visit the district’s venue and discover the secrets of this unique show.

Taste Siena

Siena, the city, the taste and the gastronomic traditions.

he tour combines tasting of local products and a guided visit to the city.
After tasting at the Consorzio Agrario typical products and wine, produced by local farmers, you will visit the city to know its history, anectdotes and secrets.
This tour puts culture and gusto together. Visiting Siena means not only knowing its palaces, churhes and monuments, but also getting in touch with its culinary tradition that is strongly connected with its customs and traditions and with its wonderful countryside.

The tasting price is € 10 per person, plus the fee for the guide, who will stay with you during the tasting and the city tour.

Tasting and tour are available from Monday to Saturday by reservation.
The tour is suitable for individual tourists or groups.
Free for children under 12.
Minimum participants: 6 people.
Maximum participants: 25 people.
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  • Associazione Centro Guide
  • Tel. +39 0577 43273
  • Email info@guidesiena.it

For information on times/costs of museums, parking and bus tickets, please specify your requests in the booking form.

This does not include entrance fees for museums, wine tastings or others that is not specified in the tour description.

All tours may be subjected to route changes due to environmental and logistical factors. Timing and tour combinations, will be decided on the spot, along with the tour guide assigned to you.

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