Siena Museums & exhibitions

Our most recommended Siena Museums & exhibitions

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: Palazzo Pubblico Entry Ticket

2. 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.

Best of Italy: 5-Day Escorted Tour from Rome

3. Best of Italy: 5-Day Escorted Tour from Rome

Over the course of five days, visit the most enchanting locations of Italy, soaking up art, culture, cuisine and the famous Italian romance. Led by a friendly guide, depart from Rome and visit Assisi, Siena, Florence, Pisa, Bologna, Padova, Venice and Montepulciano. See masterpieces from the likes of Michelangelo, Giotto, and Cimabue. Roam ancient cobbled streets, marvel at magnificent cathedrals, and taste delightful wines. This tour aims to inform and entertain you at the same time. Staying in comfy accommodation and traveling by deluxe bus, touring Italy couldn’t be easier. With 4 meals provided for you, plus an excellent itinerary and knowledgeable guides, sit back, relax and "get Italian". Day 1 Depart from Rome at 7:15 AM heading towards Assisi. Explore this tiny town dating back to the Middle Ages. Visit the Basilica of St. Francis and see works by Giotto and Cimabue. Afterwards drive towards Siena, whose highlight is Piazza del Campo. Continue to Florence where you will check in at your hotel before enjoying dinner (included) and a well-deserved night of rest. Day 2: Florence After breakfast, spend the day exploring Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance. Visit the Duomo, the Campanile Tower, Palazzo Vecchio and the Basilica of Santa Croce. Lunch (for free) in a typical Tuscan restaurant in Piazza Santa Croce. In the afternoon, wander the cobbled streets or take a short, optional trip to Pisa where you could enjoy a tour of the Square of Miracles, the Leaning Tower and the Duomo. Dinner is at your leisure. Back in Florence rest in your hotel and recharge your batteries for the next day. Day 3 Depart for Bologna after breakfast in Florence. Wander through the city’s 38 kilometers' worth of elegant arcades, for which it is famous. From Piazza Malpighi, walk to Piazza del Nettuno and Piazza Maggiore in the heart of the city. In the afternoon, continue towards Padova, with its original Sant’Antonio Basilica. Later, you will arrive in Venice, famous for its quaint gondola boats and intricate architecture. Check in at your hotel and enjoy your first Venetian dinner (included) and overnight stay. Day 4: Venice Hit the water and board a private waterbus to enjoy a cruise through the canals of Venice. Stop off at Murano to learn about the ancient art of glass blowing. Continue on to St. Mark’s Square for an exterior visit of the splendid cathedral. See the Doge Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. Enjoy a spritz or Prosecco with your guide to cap off a day of discovery. Spend the afternoon roaming along Venice’s canals at your leisure and then return to the hotel and overnight. Day 5 After breakfast, departure from Piazzale Roma heading to Tuscany, world-known for its landscapes, its churches, castles and its delicious wines. Proceed to Val di Chiana with a stop in Montepulciano, a medieval town rich in history and art. Known for its “Noble” wine, on purchase in local wine houses, Montepulciano also hosts an annual jazz and wine festival every July. Lunch in a typical restaurant included! Spend the afternoon discovering Montepulciano at your own pace, enjoying free wine tastings in many wine shops and free time for shopping. In the evening, you will arrive in Rome, where the tour ends.

Siena: Santa Maria della Scala Sienese Art Exhibition Ticket

4. Siena: Santa Maria della Scala Sienese Art Exhibition Ticket

Admire a series of outstanding Sienese works of art at the Sienese Art Exhibit in Santa Maria Della Scala. Marvel at the most significant masterpieces from the collections of the Monte Dei Paschi di Siena bank and learn about Sienese art from the late Middle Ages to the early twentieth century. First, admire 13th-century pieces such as Madonna and Child by the Master of Tressa and Cristo Triunphans by Margheritone d'Arezzo, one of the oldest crosses in the Sienese territory. You will then discover the great painters of the fourteenth century such as Pietro Lorenzetti. Move on to fifteenth-century masterpieces which have been selected from local churches, including pieces by Stefano di Giovanni, also known as Sassetta, and Giovanni di Paolo. The sixteenth century is represented by artists such as Sodoma, Beccafumi, and Andrea Brescianino. Then, follow the path of the Caravaggesque artists, such as Francesco Vanni, Rutilio Manetti, and Francesco Rustici. Be surprised by the Baroque period with a series of large-format works by Bernardino Mei, Raffaello Vanni, and Domenico Manetti. Conclude the exhibition with nineteenth-century Tuscan academicism thanks to the birth of the Institute of Fine Arts, where artists such as Luigi Mussini, Cesare Maccari, and Giovanni Duprè grew professionally.

From Florence: 4-Day Tuscany Highlights Tour

5. From Florence: 4-Day Tuscany Highlights Tour

Day 1: After checking in to your hotel, begin your day with a guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery and learn more about the oldest and most famous art collection in the world.  Following the Uffizi, join a tour of Florence's most iconic streets and squares with a professional guide. Stroll through the stunning Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, the Old Bridge, the Signoria Square with its replica of Michelangelo’s David, the Republic Square and more. Day 2: Crossing the beautiful Chianti hills, arrive at the walled town of Monteriggioni. Drink in the town's century-old history and relive the Medieval atmosphere before continuing to Siena, famous for its splendid examples of Gothic architecture, and enjoy a light lunch in a cozy restaurant where you can try traditional Tuscan products.  Next, drive to San Gimignano, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its wine. At the end of the day, head to the Chianti area and marvel at its picture-perfect landscapes. Sample the region's best red wine in a rustic wine estate along with home-made aperitifs and olive oil tastings. Day 3: After breakfast, begin the journey to Cinque Terre National Park for an unforgettable day in one of the most enchanting landscapes in the world. Discover five villages suspended between sea and land, where you can sunbathe or swim in one of the area's many beaches before taking the boat to Vernazza, a seaside town surrounding a small natural port. Day 4 Today, enjoy a guided tour of the Florentine Dome and enjoy panoramic views of the entire city from its peak. Afterward, enjoy a guided tour of the Accademia, where you can see Michelangelo's masterpiece, David.

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What people are saying about Siena

I bought a pass to the Siena Cathedral Complex. It worked very well - no problem exchanging the pass for tickets and it was great to bypass the long queue to get into the Cathedral

Wonderful . The paintings chosen by our guide Marie were very accurate representing the artists of choice. Explanations very interesting and lively. Congratulation

Siena is a beautiful place,wish I had more time on my hands but we’ll worth another visit❤️

A place worth to visit. A view point is a breathtaking experience.

The Sienna Complex Pass is the way to go. You get to see so much.