Basilica Cateriniana San Domenico

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Siena: Private Tour Ideal for Families with Children

1. Siena: Private Tour Ideal for Families with Children

Enjoy a private tour that takes into account children’s attention spans, not one where the young are dragged by their parents on exhausting journeys. With the help of a local guide, keep your children’s attention alive with language that is colorful and lively, and where history is mixed with art, legends, and traditions. By encouraging children to make observations, answer questions, and solve riddles, your guide will reveal the history and secrets of Siena’s monuments in a pleasant way that is sure to prevent children becoming impatient, bored, and complaining. From the meeting point in front of the Basilica Cateriniana San Domenico, you’ll learn about the traditions of the Palio di Siena horse race and admire the magnificent front of the Duomo di Siena cathedral. Next, walk the Via Banchi di Sopra — the former route of pilgrimage to Rome — that will you lead to Piazza del Campo, the principal public space of the historic center of Siena where the tour will end with a souvenir and great memories.

Siena: Private Family-Friendly Treasure Hunt Walking Tour

2. Siena: Private Family-Friendly Treasure Hunt Walking Tour

Try to beat the clock and find the right clues that will lead you to the treasure on this guided scavenger hunt walking tour, perfect for everyone in your group or family. Discover the sights and history of Siena in a fun, learning environment for all ages. Thanks to this treasure hunt, children will discover the history of Siena, its legends, its myths and many nice anecdotes related to the city. Visit the most significant monuments and find out the importance that Siena had in the past. The tour will start with your guide in front of the Basilica San Domenico, where you can admire Siena from breathtaking views, see an ancient castle now incorporated into modern buildings, and hear about the symbol of Siena, the she-wolf, which looks down on visitors and protects them. From there, kick off your scavenger hunt with your tour guide giving a quiz to the children and parents that needs to be solved during the whole tour. You'll learn about 17 districts called Contrade. Children will find the symbols and colors that represent the Contrade all over the city. You’ll pass by a Contrada stable and look for the little fountains hidden through the streets. Along the way, visit the main points of the city and the lesser-known but characteristic alleys. The walk will take you to the last stop of the tour, where the youngest participants will find a treasure to keep.

Siena: Palio Small Group or Private Tour & Contrada Museum

3. 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.

From Florence: Siena & San Gimignano Day Trip with Lunch

4. From Florence: Siena & San Gimignano Day Trip with Lunch

Meet your driver and tour leader in your hotel lobby to embark on a full-day trip to Siena and San Gimignano. Hop aboard a private vehicle for a scenic drive through the rolling hills of the Chianti region, covered with vineyards and olive groves. First up, make your way to the town of Siena, stopping at the Basilica of San Domenico. Inside the church are the relics of Saint Catherine, the patron saint of Siena. Take a stroll to the Piazza del Campo to see the political center of town where the famous horse race Il Palio is held twice a year. From there, meander towards the Gothic Cathedral, which boasts an impressive collection of artworks by Michelangelo, Donatello and Bernini. Along the way, pass by a delicatessen that sells wild boar salami. If you fancy it, you can step inside for a tasting. Then, it’s onward to lunch at a boutique winery surrounded by the Chianti hills and vineyards. Taste the wine and the famous extra virgin olive oil with seasonal produce. Make your second stop at the walled town of San Gimignano, a UNESCO World Heritage site. See the 13 towers that dominate the skyline as you drive towards it. Learn how San Gimignano gained importance during the Middle Ages as a stop on the pilgrim route between Italy and France, known as Via Francigena (the road to France). The townsfolk produced silk and cultivated saffron that still grows around its foothills. Another industry that still exists here is that of Vernaccia di San Gimginano, a white wine. Learn about the region's history and where to find the best artisanal stores, coffee shops and gelato spots from your guide. Check out a selection of artisan stores selling locally made products. Stroll the winding streets, admiring spectacular views of the valley beyond. Afterward, meet your chauffeur for the transfer back to your accommodation in Florence. On the way, stop for one last magnificent panorama at Piazzale Michelangelo, and gaze upon views of the city. Before you leave, don’t forget to ask your local guide for tips on what else to see, do and eat during your stay in Florence.

Siena: The Life of St. Catherine Tour

5. Siena: The Life of St. Catherine Tour

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.

Rome: Day Trip to Siena & San Gimignano with Wine Tasting

6. Rome: Day Trip to Siena & San Gimignano with Wine Tasting

Full day private tour – food and wine tasting included Enjoy a full-day journey from Rome, through the Chianti hills, to visit the cities of Siena and San Gimignano. Siena, a beautiful medieval city in Italy. You will visit the heart of Siena and the central square known as “Piazza del Campo”, known worldwide for the famous “Palio”, a horse race twice around the square in a medieval style every summer. Siena is famous not only for its wine but also for its sweets: the “Panpepato”, “Panforte”, “Ricciarelli”. Stop for a good Italian coffee and taste a typical sweet of Siena. Continuation to San Gimignano, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known as “The City of the Hundred Towers” and it still maintains its original features and timeless charm. Furthermore, the name ‘San Gimignano’ is linked to one of the most historical Tuscan wines:” La Vernaccia di San Gimignano”. Arriving in San Gimignano you will explore its charming medieval streets, visit the old center of this wonderful city where the famous Chianti wine is produced. Stop for a wine tasting and local products in a beautiful wine cellar: 10 different types of wine, then visit the estate and learn about the processing of the grapes. Lunch at the restaurant of the estate. Departure for Rome about 4:00 pm.

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What people are saying about Basilica Cateriniana San Domenico

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5.0 / 5

based on 4 reviews

This was a fantastic experience for our family! Sylvia was a very knowledgeable and engaging tour guide. She tried to connect with our kids, asking them questions along the way. We visited eight different cities on our trip to Italy, and our children liked Siena the best because of the tour we had with Sylvia. Highly recommend this tour for families with kids, you will all learn a lot and enjoy seeing this beautiful city!

Very good tour, interesting especially with children, very nice and friendly guide, Sylvia. She explains very well, knows all about Siena and its history. Special attention for kids. Searching for a simular tour for Florence!

A great tour! The tour guide was great and spoke excellent German. The tour was exciting for our son (10). Highly recommended!

Excellent visit which lasted + - 1 hour thank you to our guide who taught us a lot of things in such a short time