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Siena: Siena Cathedral Complex Pass (OPA SI Pass)

1. 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

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.

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

4. 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: City Walking Tour with Optional Siena Cathedral Tour

5. 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: City Introduction Self-Guided Phone Tour

6. 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: Medieval City Exploration Game

7. 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: Duomo di Siena Private Guided Tour

8. Siena: Duomo di Siena Private Guided Tour

Discover, in a 2-hour private tour, one of the Siena’s most iconic historic buildings, and World Heritage Site, the Duomo Cathedral. An expert local guide will illuminate the most important historical and artistic events that led to the creation and decoration of this architectural gem. You’ll be able to skip the ticket office queue, so you can get straight into discovering the Duomo’s interior.  After an introduction about the extraordinary facade decorated with statues depicting philosophers, prophets and sibyls that seem to talk to each other, you will go inside to discover the interio: Cappella del Voto, designed and decorated by Bernini during the 17th century, the high altar, the beautiful inlaid marble mosaic floor, of which many parts can be seen, the pulpit created by Nicola Pisano, the Chapel of St John the Baptist (Cappella di San Giovanni) which has a beautiful statue of the Saint himself, created by Donatello in the 15th century, the marvellous Piccolomini's Library, and some of Michelangelo's statues.

Siena: Guided Nighttime Walking Tour

9. Siena: Guided Nighttime Walking Tour

Meet your guide after dusk, then set off on a 2 hour adventure through Siena. Walk through the city’s bustling streets and see a selection of famous landmarks including Piazza del Campo, Siena Cathedral, and the Torre del Mangia. Along the way, listen to your guide’s fascinating tales of the city’s history and culture as well as the noble families and prominent historical figures who still haunt the streets.  You’ll also discover some of the city’s hidden gems, and visit locations only the locals know about. By the end of the tour, you’ll have seen Siena from an entirely new perspective.

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

4.4 / 5

based on 1,496 reviews

Claudia was an amazing host! Funny, smart, knowledgeable, and passionate about Siena. My wife and I are in our 70s and struggled a bit with the heat (84 F) and the stairs. Claudia took excellent care of us! Honestly, she could not have been better. It was a great day.

We had a city tour of Siena. It was super organized and our city guide "Ludo" was just great! She showed us a lot off the beaten track and we were able to enter the cathedral without queuing! Highly Recommended!!

A fantastic day was had by all. Well worth the money, our guide was amazing. Each place was as spectular as the next. Lunch at Chanti was delicious and wines, vinegars etc, were explained really well by the host.

It's worth buying the 'full' ticket that gives access to the tower, walls crypt, and museum as well as the cathedral itself The cathedral is stunning inside

Nice tour, Lisa is the excellent tourguide. Definitely deserves for the money and I recommend.