Basilica Cateriniana San Domenico

Enter your dates to find available activities

Basilica Cateriniana San Domenico: Our most recommended tours and activities

Siena: Private Tour Ideal for Families with Children

1. Siena: Private Tour Ideal for Families with Children

Enjoy a private tour that takes into account children’s attention spans, not one where the young are dragged by their parents on exhausting journeys. With the help of a local guide, keep your children’s attention alive with language that is colorful and lively, and where history is mixed with art, legends, and traditions. By encouraging children to make observations, answer questions, and solve riddles, your guide will reveal the history and secrets of Siena’s monuments in a pleasant way that is sure to prevent children becoming impatient, bored, and complaining. From the meeting point in front of the Basilica Cateriniana San Domenico, you’ll learn about the traditions of the Palio di Siena horse race and admire the magnificent front of the Duomo di Siena cathedral. Next, walk the Via Banchi di Sopra — the former route of pilgrimage to Rome — that will you lead to Piazza del Campo, the principal public space of the historic center of Siena where the tour will end with a souvenir and great memories.

...
Siena: The Life of St. Catherine Tour

2. Siena: The Life of St. Catherine Tour

Begin with the Basilica of San Domenico, exploring this extraordinary chapel dedicated to the saint on the right side of the nave. Your tour continues to the suggested birthplace of St. Catherine, which became a sanctuary in 1464 shortly after her canonization. The sanctuary consists of three oratories with decorations of different periods, ranging from the Renaissance to the Baroque to the Sienese Purism. These oratories allow you to understand the intense mystical and diplomatic life of St. Catherine. From the house of St. Catherine, descend towards Fontebranda, one of the oldest and most important medieval fountains whose water was used by the dyers. The district of Fontebranda was in fact inhabited by many dyers who had their houses, laboratories, and warehouses for dyeing cloth in this area. Among them was Catherine’s father, Jacopo Benincasa. From the fountain, decide whether to take the escalators that lead near the Duomo or walk along the Via del Costone, which offers wonderful panoramic views. Catherine used to walk this way to reach the cathedral and the hospital, and it was there that according to legend she had her first mystical vision as a small girl. You then reach Piazza San Giovanni, where the baptistery is located. It was rebuilt there as a sort of second façade of the cathedral during Catherine’s ages, who received the sacrament of Baptism there. Going up the steps of the Baptistery you reach the Duomo, in front of which the imposing building of the Hospital Santa Maria della Scala stands. In this place, Catherine used to offer her help to the sick and poor people of the city. Inside you will visit the Oratory where Catherine rested and prayed after having dedicated herself to works of charity.

...
Siena: Private Family-Friendly Treasure Hunt Walking Tour

3. Siena: Private Family-Friendly Treasure Hunt Walking Tour

Try to beat the clock and find the right clues that will lead you to the treasure on this guided scavenger hunt walking tour, perfect for everyone in your group or family. Discover the sights and history of Siena in a fun, learning environment for all ages. Thanks to this treasure hunt, children will discover the history of Siena, its legends, its myths and many nice anecdotes related to the city. Visit the most significant monuments and find out the importance that Siena had in the past. The tour will start with your guide in front of the Basilica San Domenico, where you can admire Siena from breathtaking views, see an ancient castle now incorporated into modern buildings, and hear about the symbol of Siena, the she-wolf, which looks down on visitors and protects them. From there, kick off your scavenger hunt with your tour guide giving a quiz to the children and parents that needs to be solved during the whole tour. You'll learn about 17 districts called Contrade. Children will find the symbols and colors that represent the Contrade all over the city. You’ll pass by a Contrada stable and look for the little fountains hidden through the streets. Along the way, visit the main points of the city and the lesser-known but characteristic alleys. The walk will take you to the last stop of the tour, where the youngest participants will find a treasure to keep.

...

Other Sightseeing Options in Basilica Cateriniana San Domenico

Want to discover all there is to do in Basilica Cateriniana San Domenico? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about Basilica Cateriniana San Domenico

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 4 reviews

Very good tour, interesting especially with children, very nice and friendly guide, Sylvia. She explains very well, knows all about Siena and its history. Special attention for kids. Searching for a simular tour for Florence!

Excellent visit which lasted + - 1 hour thank you to our guide who taught us a lot of things in such a short time