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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 & Piccolomini Library Entrance Ticket

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

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

Explore the beauty of Siena on a small group or private walking tour. See its famous monuments and hidden treasures with an expert guide. Benefit from skip-the-line entry tickets to Siena Cathedral. Meet your guide at the San Domenico Basilica and admire its Gothic architecture. Follow a winding route to take in panoramic views of the city, including the Duomo and Torre del Mangia. Find out about Siena in the Middle Ages, see the imposing palaces said to be the oldest in the area. Have a break to take in the charm of the 14th-century seashell-shaped square, Piazza del Compo, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Admire the magnificent Fonte Gaia fountain with its side reliefs of "The Creation of Adam" and "The Flight from the Garden of Eden." Learn about the history of the contrada (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. Follow your guide to see one of the local pastry shops that reflect the glory of Italy in using the centuries-old recipes to make traditional Ricciarelli and Panforte. Finally, explore one of the most fascinating cathedrals in Italy with pre-reserved tickets. 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, say goodbye to your guide in the square in front of the cathedral.

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. 

Siena Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

5. 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. Start your tour from the much-photographed Duomo! Visit the unique Baptistry of St John with its facade still under construction, you will still encounter the famous hill of the imposingness of Palazzo Piccolomini. Take a picture of the small central square Loggia del Papa and let yourself get lost in the Torre del Mangia, which when built was one of the tallest secular towers in medieval Italy. Visit the breathtaking Palazzo Pubblico. You will also pass by the Palazzo Buonsignori with its unique and world-renowned exhibits. Admire the exhibits of Santa Maria della Scala, once an important city hospital dedicated to the care of abandoned children, the poor, the sick and pilgrims. The Facciatone of Siena will fascinate you and your camera with its panoramic view! See, walk and relax in Piazza del Campo, considered one of the largest medieval squares in all of Europe. Known for its beauty and architectural integrity, it will be the icing on the cake of this tour!

Siena: Private Family-Friendly Treasure Hunt Walking Tour

6. 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.

Siena: City Introduction Self-Guided Phone Tour

7. Siena: City Introduction Self-Guided Phone Tour

Do you want to learn interesting information about 10+ of the most important attractions in the city, discover hidden locations, read incredible legends(This is not an audio tour) and walk a magical and relaxing route? Do you want an accessible, easy and interactive way to explore Siena? This self-guided mobile walking tour might be perfect for you. Grab the opportunity to explore Siena in at least 10 locations that every person would like to have in their memory. There is no schedule, you can attend the tour any day you want, any time you wish, you can do it in snippets, taking a break for food, shopping or anything else you can think of, you can even close the app and continue another day, the tour will be there waiting for you. The most important thing? It's a completely private activity, as the app offers you the uniqueness and privacy of your mobile phone. Additionally, you'll learn about stories and urban legends associated with the city or monuments you visit. The trails you follow are unique, and will not bore you, but will in themselves direct you to explore other "treasures" such as small scenic paths or enchanting but unknown squares. Enjoy the tour in your language. The integration with google maps will make sure that you will never get lost! You can join with friends, alone, with your family, or with your partners and learn about the city as you wander around. Start your tour from the much-photographed Duomo! Visit the unique Baptistry of St John with its facade still under construction, you will still encounter the famous hill of the imposingness of Palazzo Piccolomini. Take a picture of the small central square Loggia del Papa and let yourself get lost in the Torre del Mangia, which when built was one of the tallest secular towers in medieval Italy. Visit the breathtaking Palazzo Pubblico. You will also pass by the Palazzo Buonsignori with its unique and world-renowned exhibits. Admire the exhibits of Santa Maria della Scala, once an important city hospital dedicated to the care of abandoned children, the poor, the sick and pilgrims. The Facciatone of Siena will fascinate you and your camera with its panoramic view! See, walk and relax in Piazza del Campo, considered one of the largest medieval squares in all of Europe. Known for its beauty and architectural integrity, it will be the icing on the cake of this tour! Download the ‘’World City Trail ‘’ app from the store. You will receive a serial key via SMS , What’s app and email in order to login. Then start your tour and enjoy!

Siena: Escape Tour - Self-Guided Citygame

8. Siena: Escape Tour - Self-Guided Citygame

The pious Catherina of Siena was loved deeply by the people in the late 14th century. Catherina has lost her heart to Niccolò di Tuldo, eventhough it goes against her religious principles. Unfortunately, the lovebirds can't be together. Niccolò is in a cell awaiting his show trial. A death sentence is all that awaits him. Catherina decided to hatch a plan to free her beloved from his cell. Their escape gets discovered quickly and they need to make a run for it. Will you help them escaping the city safely? Choose your starting time with your teammates, beginning at anytime day or night. Make your way across the city, checking off tasks to find all the clues you need to reach the secret passage. As you search for clues, marvel at the beautiful sights of the town. Walk past the Piazza del Campo, wander through the lovely streets and keep an eye out for the many historic buildings in the city center. Work quickly, and you and your team could set the record for the fastest tour. Good luck!

Siena: Medieval City Exploration Game

9. Siena: Medieval City Exploration Game

Discover the top attractions and landmarks in Siena in a unique way by playing a city exploration game on your smartphone. Visit some of Siena's most famous sites, such as the Palazzo Tolomei, Fonte Gaia, and Piazza del Duomo. Download Questo, the gamified travel app, onto your smartphone, and begin your exciting exploration game. Assume a role in an ancient political fight between the Salimbeni and Tolomei families. Take part in a historical struggle for the control of Siena, and fight for the cause of a third family, the Terrazini. Find out secrets about the Salimbeni and Tolomei families that you can use to harm them. Stay out of the spotlight, and provoke the two families to start a war against each other. Solve a clue to reveal exact directions to your next stop on the tour, without the need of a map, GPS, or a physical guide. Each solution reveals a secret story about Siena's main attractions, such as the Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, the second oldest bank in the world. Complete the tour at your own pace, and pause and restart the tour whenever you please. After purchasing the quest, an access code will be delivered to your email, which can then be used in the downloadable app. If you are a large group, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to play the city game on their smartphone. Alternatively, each person can purchase their own ticket. You can play as a group and solve the clues together as you walk, or you can split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the others. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end.

Siena: Palio Walking Tour

10. Siena: Palio Walking Tour

Learn about the unique history of Sienna on a walking tour of the medieval old town with an informative guide. Get to know the different "contrade" or districts that make up the city and hear how they date back to medieval times. Stroll through the Piazza del Campo, where the famous Palio horse race takes place every year on July 2nd and August 14th, featuring a contestant from each of the contrade. Visualize the colorful banners and crests of the competing contrade and learn how the competition has defined civic life in the city for centuries. Hear stories about the life and culture of the city from locals and visit the Museum of the Contrada for a more official account. Then head to the Duomo of Siena and check out the characteristic black and white marble interior of the cathedral designed to symbolize the black and white horses of the city's founders. Afterwards, switch gears and enjoy a local tasting experience at a traditional cafe. Try Panforte, Ricciarelli, and Cavallucci, typical sweets famous around the world. Wash them down with a glass of Vin Santo del Chianti.

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Sara (guide) and Fabio (driver) were excellent. We never felt lost, even though each stop went by very quickly. Sara kept us engaged to whichever degree we wanted, and read the room to keep our energy up or let us rest. She was extremely kind, informed, and personable. English speakers will be able to communicate with Sara seamlessly! Other travelers: 1) Eat breakfast before you board! Our group was hungry; 2) Bring sunscreen - the Tuscan sun is no joke!; 3) Pack snacks; 4) Come prepared with lots of 1 Euro and 50 cent coins for public restrooms and factor in wait time; 5) You're able to keep items on the bus, so bring a bigger bag to store your souvenirs and a smaller bag to carry with you; 6) You'll have time to nap and relax on the bus, but never longer than 2 hours at at time; 7) You may think you won't have enough time in Pisa, but for real you only need 30 minutes so this is the perfect way to see it; 8) The meeting point at the train station uses "Walkabout" NOT "GetYourGuide."

We really enjoyed this excursion. Manolo was an excellent guide. Very knowledgeable but also just good at keeping the group together and moving along on the itinerary. I enjoyed all of our stops, but I especially liked Siena where the local guide shared a lot of fun details about Siena’s history and their church was absolutely beautiful. We also really enjoyed the winery and lunch - it was worth paying the extra for this part in my opinion! It is a lot of walking, including to the pick up and drop off locations for the buses since they can only get so close to city centers, so be sure to pack comfortable shoes!

This was fantastic. Out of our two week trip in Italy this was up there in terms of our favorite activity for myself and my husband. Our tour leader was Alessandro, who was funny, personable, very informative and kept our large group together and moving seemingly with ease. And our bus driver Nando was fantastic as well! We loved all of the stops and the lunch and wine were delicious plus a very fun time to meet the other travelers. If you are considering booking this, definitely go for it, especially if this is your first time in the area, you’ll have a great time!

What an amazing trip this was. Special thanks go to Elizabetta (Amazing, Funny, Joyful, and a friendly Tour Guide) and Giancarlo (Super Driver) for making this a memorable trip. Although I experienced so many tours in so many countries, I never wrote a review. However, this is just something special and I confidently can say this is the best tour I’ve ever had. Yes, “ever”.

Totally worth going to get a glimpse of Tuscany beyond Florence. Lunch with wine tasting is great. Sienna is a very interesting city and would love to return on a road trip in future!