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Siena: The Life of St. Catherine Tour

Activity provider: Siena Info and Tours

Siena: The Life of St. Catherine Tour

Activity provider: Siena Info and Tours

From US$ 182.57 per group up to 10

Explore locations in Siena which are linked to the figure of St. Catherine, patron saint of two districts of the city. Discover where and how she lived as you encounter sites which help tell her story.

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Duration 2 hours
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English, Spanish, German, French, Italian
Wheelchair accessible
Private group


  • Enjoy a private tour accompanied by an expert local guide
  • Discover the Church of San Domenico with its holy relics
  • Learn about this historically brave woman of the past
  • Admire the wonderful landscapes that this itinerary offers
Full description
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.
  • Local guide
  • Private tour
  • Sanctuary of St. Catherine entry
  • Santa Maria della Scala entry ticket (around 9€ for adults)
  • Headsets (available for a surcharge)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Meet outside the Basilica Cateriniana San Domenico.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • Due to unexpected closings of churches or force majeure, the itinerary may change
  • You are required to walk a medium distance throughout this tour
  • Headsets for bigger groups are strongly recommended but are optional
  • Entry to the Santa Maria della Scala is optional, and there are ticket discounts for groups and families
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May 28, 2022

Product ID: 362465