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

1. 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: Palio Walking Tour

2. 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.

From Florence: Pisa + Siena with Wine Tasting in Chianti

3. From Florence: Pisa + Siena with Wine Tasting in Chianti

Start your tour with pickup from your hotel or another chosen location in Florence and set out on a tour to discover the Tuscany with stops in Pisa, a rural Tuscan farmhouse, and Siena. Stop in Pisa to admire Piazza dei Miracoli and the famous Leaning Tower. Visit the other buildings that surround the area, including the Baptistery and Cathedral. After visiting the square, head to the historic center of the city for a visit to its most famous monuments. Depart Pisa, driving through one of the most beautiful Tuscan wine roads. You can also request an extra stop at the famous San Gimignano village. Make your way to a Tuscan Farmhouse for wine tasting and lunch. Continue to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic center of Siena, known for its gorgeous architecture and beautiful main square – the Piazza del Campo. Visit Siena's Duomo and Baptistery, and wander through its charming narrow streets before returning to Florence.

Siena: Palio Small Group or Private Tour & Contrada Museum

4. Siena: Palio Small Group or Private Tour & Contrada Museum

Siena: Legend of the Palio tour with exclusive Contrada Museum : ( Option to visit the Cathedral at the end with pre-reserved tickets ) Enjoy a small group (max 12 people) or a private tour and learn about the world’s greatest horse race Palio with an expert local guide. The Palio is not merely a tourist event, but extraordinary evidence of a Medieval tradition that still represents the joyful celebration of Siena and its history twice a year, on July 2nd and August 16th. Listen to stories of the crowds and chaotic thrills at the thunderous, lawless, and medieval-style horse race in Siena. On these dates the 17 Contradas (districts) into which the city is divided compete in the Piazza Del Campo, the main city square, to win glory in the eyes of the city and a very prestigious award: the “Palio”, a silk banner painted by great artists. Walk with your knowledgeable local guide through hidden alleys and narrow streets and discover some of the 17 Contradas with their fascinating traditions. Be enchanted by the numerous tabernacles, property markers, banners, ornamental decorations that give color to the streets and make each district unique: each Contrada is represented by an animal or a symbol and has a long and extraordinary history which is rooted in Siena’s glorious Medieval past. Get a deeply immersive experience in the Contrada’s daily life by visiting exclusively one of 17 museums where the most meaningful antique trophies and memories are preserved. Here you will learn from the voice of a local how this ancient heritage and tradition are still alive in people’s hearts and in Siena’s daily life. Feel part of the race visiting the square where the Palio takes place: Piazza Del Campo. Discover how this seashell-shaped square (one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and one of the most beautiful in Italy) has been the result of an enlightened government of the 14th century and how it constitutes the iconic heart of civic life still at the present day. Explore the enchanting neighborhoods of the Renaissance church of Provenzano and the magnificent square of the Cathedral, one of the best known Romanesque-Gothic monuments of Italy, both closely linked with the worship and glorification of the Virgin Mary, to whom the race is dedicated. Find out how the sacred and the secular coexist in the lives of the Palio’s lovers and leave your guide with enough knowledge to be independent after the tour. You can choose to extend your tour for an hour to visit the Siena Cathedral with pre-reserved tickets.

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What people are saying about Siena Cathedral

Our guide was amazing. She was so knowledgeable about the history of Siena. We learned so many things about this wonderful walled city. Visiting Siena was a great experience because of our guide and how much she showed us and taught us. This tour has many steps and inclines up and down; we walked roughly 7500 steps, 2.8 miles from when we parked the car to when we walked back to our car. So that people understand they should be in good health for this tour.

Today we were escorted through Siena in a very competent, charming and unhurried manner. Our city guide provided us - linguistically perfect - with so much historical information and nice anecdotes that we really felt that we were in good hands. It was clear that our city guide not only did her job here, but really put her heart and soul into it and inspired us for 'her' Siena. Thank you very much for that.

Fantastic tour. Our guide was a resident with a young family. She was so knowledgeable and obviously loves Siena. We heard about history and the Palio, living in Siena, and of course the beautiful sites we visited.

A very pleasant guide with an excellent knowledge of the subject. No regrets just good. Thank you Gulia!

Great tour..we were alone with the guide..it was great fun..