Things to do in Siena

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

Our most recommended things to do in Siena

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 Complex Pass (OPA SI Pass)

2. 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.                                                                                                                                        

From Florence: Pisa, Siena & San Gimignano Day Trip with Lunch

3. From Florence: Pisa, Siena & San Gimignano Day Trip with Lunch

Discover UNESCO World Heritage Sites and taste Chianti wines on a full-day trip from Florence. Visit Pisa, San Gimignano, and Siena, and savor a traditional Tuscan lunch.  First, head to Pisa to marvel at the Piazza dei Miracoli, Pisa Baptistery, Pisa Cathedral, and, of course, the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. Continue to a wine villa in the Chianti countryside. Enjoy a tour of the estate and learn about its history in the medieval chapel before your first tasting of Chianti Classico on the panoramic terrace. Next, relish a typical lunch accompanied by two of the estate's products, a "Riserva" and an IGP wine. After lunch, relax a while in the villa's luscious gardens before going to the medieval town of San Gimignano.  Then, follow the scenic roads to Siena for a tour of the city's monuments and piazzas. Visit Piazza del Campo — the site of the Palio di Siena horse race — and admire the cathedral's exterior in Piazza del Duomo. After some free time, return to Florence.

Siena: Siena Cathedral & Piccolomini Library Entrance Ticket

4. 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.

From Florence: Day Trip Pisa, Siena & San Gimignano w/Lunch

5. From Florence: Day Trip Pisa, Siena & San Gimignano w/Lunch

Experience the wonders of Tuscany on one memorable day. Leave Florence for a 12-hour excursion and see the beautiful landscapes, architecture, and artworks of the region. Treat yourself to some local cuisine, and opt for a guided tour in your preferred language to learn even more about the historic area. Begin with the visit at Piazza del Campo, where the Palio di Siena horse race is run, and Piazza del Duomo, where you will see the exterior of the magnificent cathedral. After some free time in Siena you'll have lunch in a typical Tuscan winery. Then go ahead to the vineyard, where you can enjoy some local wine and visit San Gimignano, a UNESCO-listed medieval town. Continue to Pisa and to visit its stunning Piazza dei Miracoli. Admire the Baptistery, the cathedral, and, of course, the famous leaning tower.

From Florence: Pisa, Siena & San Gimignano Day Trip with Lunch & Siena Guided Tour

6. From Florence: Pisa, Siena & San Gimignano Day Trip with Lunch & Siena Guided Tour

Experience the best of Tuscany on a day trip from Florence. Visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the hilltop town of San Gimignano. Journey into the heart of the Chianti region for wine tasting and lunch. Start your tour in Pisa and marvel at the celebrated Leaning Tower. Explore the grounds and see the stunning Cathedral, the Baptistery, and the Monumental Cemetery. Continue to a winery in the foothills of San Gimignano and enjoy a typical Tuscan lunch with wine tasting. After lunch, explore one of the most famous medieval hilltop villages in Italy, San Gimignano. Discover the maze of cobbled streets, picturesque piazzas, and local artisan shops. Next, admire a panoramic view of the Chianti countryside. Continue to Siena, where a specialist guide will lead you on a walk through the city's historical center. Admire the exterior of the magnificent cathedral, and pass through the shell-shaped Piazza del Campo, where the Palio horse race is held twice a year.

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

7. 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.

From Florence: Pisa, Siena & San Gimignano Day Trip with Lunch & Siena Tour with Cathedral

8. From Florence: Pisa, Siena & San Gimignano Day Trip with Lunch & Siena Tour with Cathedral

Your day begins early in the morning with a tour of Pisa, where you will admire the stunning Cathedral, the Baptistery, and the Monumental Cemetery. Take photographs next to the celebrated Leaning Tower. Continue to a winery in the foothills of San Gimignano, where you will enjoy a typical Tuscan lunch with wine tasting. After lunch, explore one of the most famous medieval hilltop villages in Italy, San Gimignano. Discover the maze of cobbled streets, picturesque piazzas, and local artisan shops. Next, admire a panoramic view of the Chianti countryside, followed by a stop in Siena. Here, a specialist guide will lead you on a walk through the city's historical center. Skip the ticket line to see the interior of the magnificent cathedral, and pass through the shell-shaped Piazza del Campo, where the Palio horse race is held twice a year. You will then return to Florence.

Siena: Palazzo Pubblico Entry Ticket

9. Siena: Palazzo Pubblico Entry Ticket

Enter the Palazzo Pubblico of Siena and visit the Civic Museum with this entry ticket. Located inside the Palazzo Pubblico, the Civic Museum is a 13th-century building home to impressive wall-to-wall fresco paintings. Explore the museum to learn about the history of Siena and see precious artifacts. Exchange your voucher for an entry ticket at the ticket office and begin your visit in the Sala del Risorgimento. This room hosts fresco paintings that depict the life of Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of Italy. Walkthrough the Sala di Balìa and see wall paintings from the 15th-century by Spinello Aretino and Martino di Bartolomeo. Also, see the Sala dei Cardinali where precious carved coffers keep reliquaries. Move forward to the Sala del Concistoro, famous for its Beccafumi vault, and see Taddeo di Bartolo's 15th-century Cappella. Continue on to the Sala del Mappamondo, the widest room of the Palazzo Pubblico and used as the meeting place of the General Council. See the famous Maestà, a Gothic masterpiece painted by Simone Martini. The museum entry ticket also includes a visit to the 14th-century gallery, Loggia dei Nove, which offers a beautiful view of the landscape behind Palazzo Pubblico.

Florence: Siena, San Gimignano, & Monteriggioni Day Tour

10. Florence: Siena, San Gimignano, & Monteriggioni Day Tour

Explore the heart of beautiful Tuscany on a full-day tour of the towns of San Gimignano and Siena, then discover the bucolic wine region of Chianti. Depart from Florence by an air-conditioned bus to your first stop, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of San Gimignano. Discover one of the most splendid examples of an Italian medieval town. Distinguished by its famous towering skyline, San Gimignano stands along the Via Francigena on the hills of the Upper Val D’Elsa. Get acquainted with the Tuscan environment with the town’s Vernaccia di San Gimignano wine, saffron, and Santa Fina pottery. Enjoy some free time to stroll through the town on your own and see its beautiful squares, architecture, churches, and side streets. Afterward, head out to a unique location in the Chianti countryside to enjoy a wine tasting. Once you hop off the bus, be guided around a splendid winery. Get introduced to the estate's fascinating history and background. Head inside the cellars to learn the secrets of Chianti winemaking together with the local host. Then enjoy a delicious wine tasting of Chianti Classico. Continue to Siena for a guided tour of its enchanting architectural styles, including the Cathedral (exterior only) and Palazzo Comunale (Municipal Building, exterior only) in Piazza del Campo. The famous shell-shaped square provides the stage for the thrilling Palio horse race, run twice every summer.

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What people are saying about Siena

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 14,063 reviews

The first winery was no i out t so good. Even if it is small then the place could be cleaner and neater. The second one Casa Emma is wonderful. Scenery is what we wanted to see and it’s there. The wines are good and cold cuts satisfying. The crown of the tour is the third one Poggio Torselli. The gardens is beautiful and small castle is restored wonderfully.

Fabulous driver/guide who could speak multiple languages really well and had deep local knowledge (including winemaking processes), lovely comfortable vehicle to travel in, stunning scenery, the right amount of time in each town and wine tasting with genuine local authentic quality wine makers (plus lovely food). We highly recommend this trip!

Trip was amazing, To me that’s this is a must!! Communication with staff was great, bus was comfortable and the three places were wonderful, bring comfortable shoes cus you have to walk a lot.

A delightful few hours learning about wines and food from area. Ambra was personable and animated as she talked to us. We loved the intimacy of the group..

This was a great tour and it was a great way to see Siena!