Palazzo Pubblico

Palazzo Pubblico

Palazzo Pubblico: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Florence: Siena, San Gimignano & Monteriggioni Tour

1. From Florence: Siena, San Gimignano & Monteriggioni Tour

Experience the charm of Tuscany on a day trip to Siena, San Gimignano, and Monteriggioni from Florence. Try a variety of Chianti wines paired with snacks and admire the picturesque Tuscan hills.  Cross the beautiful Chianti hills as you ride south from Florence in an air-conditioned GT bus. The first stop is at Monteriggioni, a medieval hilltop town that is famous for its intact medieval city walls. After some free time, head to the world famous Siena. Explore the Piazza del Campo, that is known for the Palio Horse Race and for its splendid examples of Gothic civic architecture. Have time to visit the magnificent Palazzo Pubblico.  Arrive in San Gimignano, a medieval town declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Take time to wind your way through the narrow streets and admire the lush landscape. Finally, head to the Chianti area and enjoy postcard-perfect landscapes. Conclude your day at a famous wine estate and taste fine Chianti red wine along with homemade snacks.

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.

From Florence: San Gimignano, Siena, and Chianti Wine Tour

3. From Florence: San Gimignano, Siena, and Chianti Wine Tour

Explore the heart of beautiful Tuscany on a full-day tour of the towns of San Gimignano, Siena and Colle Alta, then discover the bucolic wine region of Chianti. Reach easily our meeting point by taking the T1.3 tram heading to Villa Costanza. Depart from Florence by an air-conditioned bus to your first stop, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of San Gimignano. Discover Siena, the city of Palio horse-race and its enchanting architectural styles, including the Cathedral in Piazza del Duomo and Palazzo Comunale (Municipal Building) in Piazza del Campo. Piazza del Campo is famous shell-shaped square provides the stage for the thrilling Palio horse race, run twice every summer. 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. Once the winery stop is over, explore the historic centre of Colle Alta, located in the upper part of Colle Val d'Elsa, the City of Cristal. Take your time to visit the Church of Santa Caterina and the Castle od Piticciano, main attractions of the medieval city center. Pass by the former Conservatorio di San Pietro, a project of the world-famous architect of Florence Giorgio Vasari. Last but not least, enjoy one of the most splendid examples of an Italian medieval town, San Gimignano. 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. Take your free time to stroll through the town on your own and see its beautiful squares, architecture, churches, and side streets.

Siena 2-Hour Walking Tour & Skip-the-Line Duomo Tickets

4. Siena 2-Hour Walking Tour & Skip-the-Line Duomo Tickets

Discover the beauty of Siena during a 2-hour walking tour, one of the world's most well-preserved medieval cities. Walk the narrow cobblestone streets and marvel at the architecture. Visit the Basilica di San Domenico and learn more about St Catherine, patron of Italy. Learn about the grand history of this proud Republic and discover the traditional Palio, a spectacular festival that features a wild bare-back horse race around Piazza del Campo, the city's central square. Learn about the Contrade or city neighborhoods and how they wait all year to participate in this fundamental race. Visit Siena's historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to marvel at the magnificent architecture of Palazzo Salimbeni, today the world's oldest Bank, attesting to the wealth and trade of its glorious past. See Palazzo Tolomei, an imposing private Gothic building and the main square with its monuments and fountain. Discover the culinary traditions of the town and finally walk to one of the most spectacular cathedrals in Italy, the Duomo of Siena.  Your English-speaking local tour guide will escort you inside the Siena Cathedral to visit the chapels and to see the impressive masterpieces by Donatello, Michelangelo, and other artists, an unforgettably rich building of centuries of art and devotion.

Siena: Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

5. Siena: Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

Get to know Siena at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour played on your phone. Decipher riddles, interact with the most important attractions of the city, and unlock interesting facts and legends. An ideal outdoor activity for first time visitors, couples, groups, families, and children. Can be used as a great team-building activity. Solve puzzles outside of ten Siena attractions. Follow clues at each attraction to find your next destination. Enjoy the challenge of using logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to complete the game. Feel the satisfaction of solving each riddle. At each stop, learn about the attraction and solve a location-based riddle that can only be solved if you reach the specific location. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to unlock the correct code and reveal the next destination of the city sightseeing game. Have the freedom to pause or resume the tour whenever you want. Admire the city at your own pace. Uncover interesting information and facts about the city. Snap as many pictures as you want.  Start your tour from the much-photographed Duomo. Visit the unique Baptistry of St John with its facade still under construction, you will still encounter the famous hill of the imposingness of Palazzo Piccolomini. Take a picture of the small central square Loggia del Papa and let yourself get lost in the Torre del Mangia, which when built was one of the tallest secular towers in medieval Italy. Visit the breathtaking Palazzo Pubblico and pass by the Palazzo Buonsignori with its unique and world-renowned exhibits. Admire the exhibits of Santa Maria della Scala, once an important city hospital dedicated to the care of abandoned children, the poor, the sick, and pilgrims. Stroll through Piazza del Campo, considered one of the largest medieval squares in all of Europe.

Siena: City Highlights Self-Guided Walking Audio Tour

6. Siena: City Highlights Self-Guided Walking Audio Tour

Make your way through Siena's dazzling maze of narrow cobblestone streets while taking in its fascinating and colorful history on this self-guided audio tour. Founded as an Etruscan settlement, by 1100 Siena had become a powerful city-state, thanks to its strong military, and thriving banking and trading industries. Throughout the following centuries, the Republic of Siena became an important center of Medieval and Renaissance art and scholarship, influencing artists throughout Italy and Europe alike. On this tour, you'll learn more about the city's history and see some of it's most iconic sights. Your walk begins in Siena's famous 13th-century Piazza del Campo, the stunning main square, where the famous Palio horse race is still held bi-annually during the summer. Here, I’ll outline the city's rich history while sharing anecdotes and pointing out the square’s main attractions including the Palazzo Pubblico, Siena’s Town Hall, with its majestic bell tower. From there, you'll wind your way through the old city, making a brief stop outside the oldest bank headquarters in the world, the Monte dei Paschi di Siena bank, founded in 1472. You'll see several magnificent view points before ending in front of the Duomo, one of the most impressive examples of Italian Gothic architecture in Italy.

Florence: Orcia Valley, Montalcino, Pienza with Lunch & Wine

7. Florence: Orcia Valley, Montalcino, Pienza with Lunch & Wine

Discover the medieval villages of Tuscany on this full-day guided tour from Florence. Browse the historic center of Pienza and the fortress of Montalcino. Enjoy a gourmet lunch and three wine tastings at the Temple of Brunello. Explore the Sant'Antimo Abbey with an audio guide and the Palazzo Pubblico. Start the tour in Pienza with free time to explore the first ideal city of the Renaissance. Tour the historic center from Piazza Pio II, the Duomo of Santa Maria Assunta, and Palazzo Piccolomini. If you select the option for the Palazzo Pubblico, enter the former residence of the Priors. Head to Montalcino, a perfectly preserved medieval town with a massive fortress. Start in the former convent of Sant’Agostino, which now houses the Temple of Brunello interactive museum. Travel through local history and culture to discover the production of the renowned Brunello di Montalcino wine. Top off the visit with a tasting of the famous Tuscan Brunello and lunch in the cloister of the Temple of Brunello. Let the chef’s creativity inspire you as the explosion of flavors perfectly combines with the richness of the best Tuscan wines. Close your adventure with a visit to Sant’Antimo Abbey, a Benedictine church founded, according to legend, by Charlemagne in the ninth century. See the scenic clearing surrounded by wheat fields, ancient olive trees, and vineyards. Raise a final glass to the day’s adventures before returning to Florence.

Siena: Guided Walking Tour with Cathedral Entry

8. Siena: Guided Walking Tour with Cathedral Entry

See the highlights of Siena on a walking tour as your guide tells you about the development of the city over the centuries and you enjoy the spectacular scenery and monuments. As you visit Siena’s major attractions such as the central Piazza del Campo, the Palazzo Comunale, the Cathedral, and the majestic Basilica of San Domenico you’ll learn about each of these sights in depth from your guide. You’ll also hear about the noble families that were instrumental in the history of the city, including the Piccolomini, Tolomei, and Salimbeni, and see their palazzos. You’ll learn about the great tradition of the palio and hear stories of pilgrimage and saintliness that distinguish Siena. Visit the Cathedral, where numerous artistic treasures are preserved. You’ll see works by artists such as Pisano, Duccio di Buoninsegna, Donatello, Pinturicchio, and Gianlorenzo Bernini. During the summer you can also see the marvelous marble floor, which is a unique work in the history of art.

Siena: 3h Private City Walking Tour with Optional Cathedral

9. Siena: 3h Private City Walking Tour with Optional Cathedral

Explore Siena's rich history, culture, and traditions with a local guide. The tour is designed to show you Siena's most intriguing sites in a short period, with plenty of stops for photos along the way. Start the tour with a visit to some of the city’s most significant sites including the Piazza del Campo, Palazzo Publicco, Palazzo Tolomei, Palazzo Salimbeni, and the ancient Banchi di Sopra. Upon exploring, learn which buildings hold UNESCO World Heritage-listed status and why. Continue the tour to the Basilica of San Domenico, which is home to Saint Catherine's relics. Next, stop by the Sanctuary of St. Catherine of Siena, where she once lived with her family. Pass by the Baptistery and the Siena Cathedral (or the Duomo di Siena), and head inside for a closer look (if the optional guided tour option is booked). Inside, admire the array of works of art from some of Italy’s most important artists. 

Florence: Pisa, Siena and San Gimignano Small Group Day Trip

10. Florence: Pisa, Siena and San Gimignano Small Group Day Trip

Visit three of the most famous and fascinating towns in Tuscany. Enjoy the comfort of a small group tour and learn from your expert English-speaking tour leader. First, discover the nearby town of Siena. Its historical center is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at Piazza del Campo and the majestic Siena Cathedral. After a short drive through the enchanting countryside, stop in a small, family-owned winery. Enjoy an exquisite lunch of Tuscan appetizers, pasta, and desserts paired with local wines. Next, explore San Gimignano, also known as the town of towers. Discover the fourteen medieval skyscrapers which still remain perfectly preserved. Enjoy the last stop of the day in Pisa. Visit the Square of Miracles, where you can find the iconic Leaning Tower. Spend some time snapping pictures of the famous Italian symbol. After your full-day visiting three of Tuscany’s highlights, return to Florence.

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(4,970 reviews)

Everything was perfect, I recommend our Spanish guide Lisa, who has been the best. He explained the route to us very well, and also the local guide, Silvia, who has been very good, and the driver, Michelle, who agreed to extend the day, because the traffic has been quite overwhelmed, and the last visit should be shorter, but the boy has waited for us. I recommend the tour with all my heart, thank you guys.

12 hours very well splited which led to beautiful memories. We were lucky to have Marta as a guide. She shared with us the history of the region and some old legends. Sienna, Colle di Val d’Elsa and San Gimignano worth for sure spending more than one day to feel them.

It was relevant, informative and Marella was great! It was diverse with history, culture, Sienese food tips & of course the Duomo & St Catherine’s information. Just enough of the hot spots & to give you a good sense of what it’s like to be a local. I enjoyed it 👌👌

This was for sure one of the best tours we had in past few years. Our guide, Claudia, really knew everything and she could answer all our questions without hesitation. We enjoyed the tour of Siena, Claudia was a integral part of the experience.

Our guide was lovely and very attentive, made our stay in Siena very special. Thank You xx