Things to do in

Siena

Enter the heart of Tuscany and discover its abundant wine, winding streets, and medieval architecture.

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Top 10 Places to go in and around Siena

This historically political city in the heart of Chianti wine country is not to be overshadowed by Florence or Venice. Still, it is not often a tourist’s first choice, leaving it with all the more medieval character and intimacy for you to enjoy.

  • Museum of Metropolitan Institution

    1. Museum of Metropolitan Institution

    Housed in the Siena Cathedral is one of the oldest museums in the world. A beautiful nexus of religion and culture, their prestigious art collection is a pillar of Siena history.

  • Siena Cathedral

    2. Siena Cathedral

    This gigantic complex seems to never end. See ancient texts in the library, explore the sacred crypt, and climb to the top of the tower for a breathtaking panoramic view of Siena.

  • Complesso Museale Santa Maria della Scala

    3. Complesso Museale Santa Maria della Scala

    Walk across the street from the cathedral and back in time with 1,000 years of Italian history housed in this restored hospital complex.

  • Basilica of San Domenico

    4. Basilica of San Domenico

    Also known as Basilica Cateriniana because St. Catherine’s head is kept here, this church is one of the most important structures in the area.

  • Torre del Mangia

    5. Torre del Mangia

    Towering above the Palazzo Pubblico is the epic Torre del Mangia. It’s 10€ to climb to the top, but the view is worth every step.

  • Palazzo Pubblico

    6. Palazzo Pubblico

    Torre del Mangia is the bell tower of this amazing Gothic structure. Inside you’ll find a wonderland of incredibly preserved sacred and secular frescos.

  • Piazza del Campo

    7. Piazza del Campo

    Cultural center of the city, some say it’s one of the best piazzas in all of Italy. It’s the perfect place to sit outside with a glass of wine and soak in all the local character.

  • Castello di Meleto

    8. Castello di Meleto

    Siena day trips are a must in the Chianti region. You won’t find a more unforgettable winery to visit than the one at this incredible castle in the countryside.

  • Castello di Brolio

    9. Castello di Brolio

    This countryside castle wins the award for the world’s longest winemaking operation under the same family. Some say the Ricasoli family even invented the Chianti.

  • Palazzo Chigi-Saracini

    10. Palazzo Chigi-Saracini

    One of the most famous medieval palaces in Siena was home to the significant Chigi Academy of Classical music, and you can still hear classical strings filling the air upon arrival.

Frequently asked questions about Siena

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Planning Your Visit

  • How long to spend in Siena, Italy?

    It is possible that two days in the city is enough, but allow yourself a couple extra days to relax and go for wine tasting in the surrounding countryside of Tuscany.

  • The Palio

    One of Siena’s most famous attractions is the Palio, a bareback horse race held every July 2 and August 16 at Piazza del Campo. Seeing this ancient tradition is a once in a lifetime opportunity. If you’re visiting Siena around these times, however, be sure to book hotels, restaurants, and, of course, tickets to the Palio six months in advance if possible—it’s one of the rare times that Siena will feel very crowded.

Good to know

  • Language
    Italian
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +39
  • Best time to visit
    Fall may be the best time to visit because of the autumn colors in the countryside. Although you can expect some rain, the temperatures are typically warm, and there are plenty of outdoor festivals to visit.

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What people are saying about Siena

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 8,731 reviews

It was such an amazing time, Claudia was very good with keeping in line with the the schedule and providing us with enough time at every stop to explore on our own. This is a must for all of those who are not familiar with the country at all and are looking for a deep dive into the culture. I cannot say much more than to book the tour, you’ll be in good hands. Especially with Roberto the driver behind the wheel. I slept most of the time I was in the bus, usually I don’t feel safe with drivers, but his skills really put me at ease after the first leg of the tour. Enjoy and don’t forget to give them five stars!!! Thank you both and thank you Italy!!

Excellent itinerary. Well managed. Really great guides on the bus and the tour in Siena itself. Great location for lunch

The full day tour (Sara) and drive (Roberto) were very informative and enjoyable. An unforgettable experience.

Great trip, well organized! Our tour guide Elisa was very knowledgeable, friendly and considerate!

Easy access. Wonderful experience. Floor mosaics were uncovered for viewing. A treat!