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From Florence: Tuscany Day Trip with Optional Lunch and Wine

1. From Florence: Tuscany Day Trip with Optional Lunch and Wine

Begin your journey of Tuscany at Florence’s central train station, where you will be greeted by your guide who will take care of you throughout the day.  Head straight to Siena, Italy’s most picturesque medieval city, whereupon arrival your guide will take you on a walking tour. Look up to admire the lovely terracotta roofs adorning the buildings and marvel at the magnificent Gothic and Romanesque architecture of the main cathedral.   Next, head to the hilltop town of San Gimignano, a UNESCO world heritage site, famous for the tower houses built in the Middle Ages. Enjoy free time here to see its splendid squares, palaces, churches, and magnificent towers. The last stop on your Tuscan excursion is a visit to Pisa and its iconic leaning tower. Take a stroll through the Piazza dei Miracoli and see other marvelous monuments, before driving back to Florence. Best of all, choose from either a small-group or private guided experience to make your trip special. Choose the lunch option to enjoy a homemade lunch paired with an informal wine tasting at a traditional wine estate in the Chianti wine region. Savor 4 regional wines at lunch and learn about their unique production techniques. Feast on an organic, farmhouse meal while you overlook the rolling vineyards under the Tuscan sun.

Siena: Siena Cathedral Complex Pass (OPA SI Pass)

2. Siena: Siena Cathedral Complex Pass (OPA SI Pass)

See notable features of the Duomo of Siena with the OPA SI fast-track entry pass. In addition to discovering the Cathedral of Siena, visit the Baptistery, the Crypt, the Piccolomini Library, and the adjacent Museo dell'Opera, Oratory, and Facciatone viewpoint with one convenient ticket. Enter the Duomo and be amazed by its grand scale as you stroll along its stunning mosaic marble floor. Admire sculptures such as The Feast of Herod by Donatello and St. Paul by Michaelangelo, amongst many artworks which are dotted around the cathedral. Visit the Baptistery of San Giovanni within the Duomo to marvel at the splendid Baptismal Font. From here, head down into the Crypt, the underground quarters that remained hidden for more than seven centuries. Then, stroll through the Piccolomini Library and gaze up at the vibrant and colorful frescoes which adorn its walls. Admire the stunning work by Pinturicchio, which depicts ten episodes from the life of Pope Pius II. Access the Museo dell'Opera which houses a selection of archaeological fragments and artwork once part of the cathedral. See a variety of Gothic sculptures by Giovanni Pisano and paintings by Ambrogio and Pietro Lorenzetti. Head into the Oratory of San Bernardino to admire the collection of the Diocesan Museum of Religious Art, with its core at the upper oratory chapel. Discover a variety of Siennese paintings from between the 13th to the 18th century. Finish up your visit to the complex with a climb up to the Facciatone viewpoint. Be enchanted by the unforgettable view over the city of Siena and the beautiful rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside.                                                                                                                                        

Siena: Siena Cathedral & Piccolomini Library Entrance Ticket

3. Siena: Siena Cathedral & Piccolomini Library Entrance Ticket

Benefit from fast-track entry to Siena Cathedral and admire the stunning artwork and architecture of its interior. Walk along its ornate marble mosaic floor and visit the Piccolomini Library known for its collection of vibrant frescoes. Skip the line and enter the Cathedral and admire one of the foremost masterpieces of renaissance art and architecture in Italy. Gaze at elaborate altarpieces, a sculpture by Michelangelo, and all manner of ornate decorations scattered throughout its vast interior. Enter the Piccolomini Library, which contains a sprawling series of 10 frescoes by Pinturicchio chronicling the life of Pope Pius II. Gaze upwards at the domed ceiling, masterfully adorned with complex patterns and further scenes from the pope’s life.

Siena: City Walking Tour with Optional Siena Cathedral Tour

4. Siena: City Walking Tour with Optional Siena Cathedral Tour

Explore Siena's rich history, culture, and traditions with a local guide. The tour is designed to show you Siena's most intriguing sites in a short period, with plenty of stops for photos along the way. Start the tour with a visit to some of the city’s most significant sites including the Piazza del Campo, Palazzo Publicco, Palazzo Tolomei, Palazzo Salimbeni, and the ancient Banchi di Sopra. Upon exploring, learn which buildings hold UNESCO World Heritage-listed status and why. Continue the tour to the Basilica of San Domenico, which is home to Saint Catherine's relics. Next, stop by the Sanctuary of St. Catherine of Siena, where she once lived with her family. Pass by the Baptistery and the Siena Cathedral (or the Duomo di Siena), and head inside for a closer look (if the optional guided tour option is booked). Inside, admire the array of works of art from some of Italy’s most important artists. 

Florence: Gimignano, Siena, Chianti Tour, Lunch & Tasting

5. Florence: Gimignano, Siena, Chianti Tour, Lunch & Tasting

Discover Tuscany on a guided day tour from Florence to the medieval cities of Siena, San Gimignano, and Monteriggioni. Enjoy views of rolling hills and vineyards, with a stop at a Chianti winery for a traditional Tuscan lunch and wine tasting. First arrive in San Gimignano, a tiny medieval town that has remained intact through the centuries. Sitting upon a hilltop, it is famous for its numerous towers, frescoes, and other art treasures. Enjoy more free time to discover this fascinating city on your own. Next, visit the charming historical hamlet of Monteriggioni, a medieval village enclosed by its famous walls, which remained standing to this day. Afterward, you will cross the Chianti rolling hills and then arrive at a small and typical winery. There, taste 4 wines, and sample balsamic vinegar and other locally produced products. Your final stop is in Siena, where you will have free time to walk along the narrow medieval streets, admiring the splendid palaces, the Cathedral, Libreria Piccolomini, and the famous shell-shaped Piazza del Campo.

Siena: Guided City Tour with Cathedral Skip-the-Line Entry

6. Siena: Guided City Tour with Cathedral Skip-the-Line Entry

Join a small group or private walking tour to discover Siena’s famous monuments and hidden treasures with an expert guide. Enjoy skip-the-line entry to Siena Cathedral and explore tucked-away squares and gardens. Meet your guide at the San Domenico Basilica. First, follow a winding route to take in panoramic views of the city, including the Duomo and Torre del Mangia. Continue your tour with the 14th-century seashell-shaped square, Piazza del Compo, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Then, learn the history of the "contrade" (districts) that challenge each other twice a year during Siena’s Palio horse race. Walk to one of the most typical "contrada" and immerse yourself in the authentic atmosphere. Find out about Siena in the Middle Ages and the local pastry that reflects these glory days. Make sure to ask your guide where to find the best local bakery that still uses centuries-old recipes to make traditional Ricciarelli and Panforte. Next, admire the magnificent Fonte Gaia fountain with its side reliefs of "The Creation of Adam" and "The Flight from the Garden of Eden." Finally, skip the line at Siena Cathedral. Follow your guide to marvel at the magnificent marble mosaic inlay floor, stained glass, and medieval masterpieces by Duccio and Pisano. See the Renaissance highlights: several Donatello, Michelangelo, and Bernini sculptures and frescoes by Pinturicchio in the Libreria Piccolomini. Armed with a wealth of knowledge about Siena, you will say goodbye to your guide in the square in front of the cathedral.

Sunset in Siena & Dinner in Chianti Tour from Florence

7. Sunset in Siena & Dinner in Chianti Tour from Florence

On this afternoon and evening tour, you will depart Florence in the early afternoon for the 1-hour drive to Siena. Enjoy the scenic Chianti countryside of delightful hills and vineyards en route. You will have free time in Siena to take in the medieval atmosphere as you wander through its narrow streets. Admire the artistic heritage of this city, exemplified by the Gothic cathedral and the impressive Torre del Mangia in the stunning, world-famous Piazza del Campo. Before leaving Siena, you will have a chance to experience the sunset from a panoramic viewpoint. Then you will continue on to a typical wine estate in the heart of the Chianti region. Nestled between the Tuscan hills and amid vineyards you will be served a delicious dinner that includes typical Tuscan products such as salami, bruschetta, and other unique delicacies. Dinner is accompanied by top-quality local wines personally selected by the owners of the winery. Enjoy this perfect way to end your afternoon in Chianti!

Siena Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

8. Siena Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

Explore the top sights in Siena with an interactive smartphone tour. Stroll through the city solving location-based riddles on this walking tour. See the rose window and elaborate façade of Siena Cathedral and view the facinating architecture in Piazza del Duomo. Solve puzzles outside of ten Siena attractions. Follow clues at each attraction to find your next destination. Enjoy the challenge of using logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to complete the game. Feel the satisfaction of solving each riddle. Have the freedom to pause or resume the tour whenever you want. Admire the city at your own pace. Uncover interesting information and facts about the city. Snap as many pictures as you want. You can start the activity any time, the schedule is indicative. You will visit: Duomo di Siena - starting point Baptistery of St John Palazzo Piccolomini Loggia del Papa Tower of Mangia Pubblico Palace Pinacoteca Nazionale di Siena Santa Maria della Scala Facciatone Piazza del Campo - ending point and more

Full-Day Excursion to Siena, San Gimignano & Chianti

9. Full-Day Excursion to Siena, San Gimignano & Chianti

Enjoy a full-day excursion by minivan to see the beautiful Chianti area and to visit the cities of Siena and San Gimignano.  Depart at 9:00 AM from Piazza Cavalleggeri, the meeting point located in the city center of Florence. Stop at Piazzale Michelangelo for few minutes to see the splendid panorama and then in one hour you will arrive in Siena. Take a guided tour of the city center, including Piazza del Campo and the Cathedral. There is free time to walk by yourself in the narrow and ancient streets.  Then leave Siena to arrive in Monteriggioni, an old Medieval little village. After a short stop, continue to San Gimignano where you will have free time to explore the city center on your own. San Gimignano is famous for its towers, vernaccia wine and its characteristic craft articles.

Siena: Private Tour Ideal for Families with Children

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Siena Cathedral

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 5,531 reviews

This tour was the perfect way to see the Tuscan country side in one day! It’s a long day with a lot of walking but you see so many different things in a short time. Our tour guide was very helpful when needed but also let us do our own things. The winery was amazing and would have loved to spend more time there. If you are looking to get really deep into each city and spend a lot of time looking around this tour probably isn’t for you. We had about an hour to and hour and a half in each city and lunch at the winery was about an hour as well. Would recommend this to friends or family visiting!

This was the most beautiful day we had during our entire trip to Italy. The itinerary is exceptional and very well thought out and scheduled. The lunch at the farm is an absolute MUST DO, it had beautiful views and exceptional food and wine. They were very accommodating to different diets - vegetarian and vegan. Our guide Alessandro and driver Emiliano were both wonderful and have set the bar very high for guided tours. The bus we were in was comfortable and had great AC which helped as it was a hot day!

Enrica was a great tour guide, lots of knowledge and so friendly. Wish we would have had a little less time in Siena and a little more time at the winery perhaps touring around the grounds, but this was the itinerary and no issues with the tour we went on! You still get to see tons in just one day. Overall enjoyable and would recommend.

Erika was an amazing guide through these beautiful cities. We enjoyed our time and discovered Tuscany. 100% recommendable.

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