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Siena: Siena Cathedral and Piccolomini Library Entry Ticket

1. Siena: Siena Cathedral and Piccolomini Library Entry Ticket

Benefit from fast-track entry to Siena Cathedral and admire its stunning interior artwork and architecture. Walk along the cathedral's ornate marble mosaic floor, and visit the Piccolomini Library, known for its collection of vibrant frescoes. Skip the line and enter the cathedral to explore one of the foremost masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture in Italy. Marvel 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. During your visit, listen to an official audio guide to learn about Siena Cathedral and its history and art. The audio guide is accessed by scanning a QR code on your cellphone on the day of your visit.

Siena: Cathedral Complex Pass with Audio Guide (OPA SI PASS)

2. Siena: Cathedral Complex Pass with Audio Guide (OPA SI PASS)

Make the most of your time at the Siena Duomo with an inclusive ticket allowing you to access all areas excluding the rooftop. Discover the history of the complex as you listen to informative commentary on the included audio guide. Enter the Duomo and admire its grand scale as you stroll along its mosaic marble floor. Admire sculptures such as The Feast of Herod by Donatello and St. Paul by Michaelangelo among other 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 Walking Tour with Cathedral and Crypt & Museum Option

3. Siena Walking Tour with Cathedral and Crypt & Museum Option

Take a captivating journey through Siena on a guided walking tour with skip-the-line access to the Cathedral Complex. Your adventure begins in the heart of Siena Center, where you'll meet your knowledgeable guide and a small group of fellow explorers. Wander through the labyrinthine streets and charming squares of medieval Siena, soaking in the tranquility of its tucked-away corners. Immerse yourself in Siena's rich history as your guide regales you with tales of the famed Palio horse race and unveils the secrets of the Old Ghetto and Tower District. Ascend to breathtaking vantage points for panoramic vistas, capturing glimpses of the iconic Duomo and Torre del Mangia. En route to the majestic Piazza Del Campo, marvel at the architectural highlights that dot Siena's skyline, including the renowned Duomo. Discover the fascinating origins of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, shaped by the enlightened governance of the 14th century. As you meander through Siena's distinct Contrada, each representing a unique neighborhood steeped in tradition, envision the spirited rivalry that ignites during the Palio. Delve into the authentic ambiance of these vibrant communities and savor the opportunity to sample local delicacies like Ricciarelli and Panforte. Pause to admire the ornate Fonte Gaia fountain in Piazza del Campo, adorned with intricate reliefs depicting biblical scenes. Then, with our pre-arranged tickets, breeze past the queues and enter the awe-inspiring Cathedral. Traverse its hallowed halls adorned with masterpieces by Tuscan luminaries such as Duccio, Pisano, and Pinturicchio. The Cathedral houses many Renaissance highlights and the famous Piccolomini Library. Opt for an extended tour with OPA SI Pass to delve deeper into the Cathedral's treasures, including the captivating Crypt adorned with centuries-old frescoes. Learn from your guide about the ambitious vision behind the Duomo Nuovo and explore the Museo dell’Opera, home to exquisite sculptures and stained glass windows. Bid farewell to your guide and seize the opportunity to ascend the Facciatone, the unfinished façade of the New Cathedral, at your own pace. From this lofty vantage point, soak in the panoramic vistas of Siena and its picturesque countryside, concluding your journey on a truly unforgettable note.

Siena: Duomo di Siena Private Guided Tour

4. Siena: Duomo di Siena Private Guided Tour

Discover, in a 2-hour private tour, one of the Siena’s most iconic historic buildings, and World Heritage Site, the Duomo Cathedral. An expert local guide will illuminate the most important historical and artistic events that led to the creation and decoration of this architectural gem. You’ll be able to skip the ticket office queue, so you can get straight into discovering the Duomo’s interior.  After an introduction about the extraordinary facade decorated with statues depicting philosophers, prophets and sibyls that seem to talk to each other, you will go inside to discover the interio: Cappella del Voto, designed and decorated by Bernini during the 17th century, the high altar, the beautiful inlaid marble mosaic floor, of which many parts can be seen, the pulpit created by Nicola Pisano, the Chapel of St John the Baptist (Cappella di San Giovanni) which has a beautiful statue of the Saint himself, created by Donatello in the 15th century, the marvellous Piccolomini's Library, and some of Michelangelo's statues.

Siena private tour: discovering the legendary Palio spirit

5. Siena private tour: discovering the legendary Palio spirit

The guided tour of Siena will immerse you in the typical medieval town built by the Medici family. One of the best known buildings is the historic Palazzo Salimbeni which houses the headquarters of the Banca dei Paschi di Siena, one of the oldest in Europe. Walking through the characteristic alleys that have made the historic center a World Heritage Site, you can see spectacular views of the Piazza del Campo square. Unique of its kind for its original 9-segment shell shape, it is considered one of the most beautiful medieval squares in Europe and every two times a year the famous Palio challenge is held, the ancient competition between the Contrade (districts of the town). ). The whole square is surrounded by restaurants, cafes and souvenir shops but also important buildings including the Palazzo Comunale with the Torre del Mangia tower that rises over the whole square offering a unique panorama, the Palazzo Chigi-Condari, the Loggia della Mercanzia and in the highest part of the square the Fonte Gaia, the most beautiful of the Sienese water sources. The tour continues up the alleys where it is easy to see food and wine shops selling local delicacies such as wild boar salami, pecorino cheese, honey and wines such as Chianti, Montalcino and Montepulciano. The guided walking tour continues with a visit to the Baptistery, an imposing structure adjacent to the Cathedral that is a real jewel and ends with a visit to the Cathedral, whose majesty of black and white marble on the facade introduces us to the most important religious building in Siena.

BuzzAround Tour: Siena and San Gimignano Day Tour

6. BuzzAround Tour: Siena and San Gimignano Day Tour

Tuscany is like a vast blooming field, rich in the sweetest nectar everywhere. If you only have one day available, follow the example of greedy bees and hop from flower to flower! BuzzAround Florence invites you to explore the true essence of Tuscany, blending art, history, and the pleasures of wine and food. We will accompany you to San Gimignano, often referred to as the "Manhattan of the Middle Ages" due to its numerous towers punctuating the skyline. San Gimignano has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and as you wander through this marvelously preserved village, you'll understand why – it's like taking a step back in time! Treat yourself to a coffee, browse the quaint shops in the area. In San Gimignano, immerse yourself in a traditional Tuscan wine tasting experience atop an al fresco terrace, tracing the medieval walls. Sample five distinct varieties of Tuscan grapes, complemented by an array of local delicacies such as affettati (salami), regional cheeses, bruschette, and other tantalizing specialties. The journey continues through the Tuscan countryside to Siena, where your experience begins with a visit to this charming town, renowned as the capital of Gothic art. You'll wander through the narrow streets of the city's 17 historic districts, known as "Contrade", each with its distinct identity, emblem, and history, as well as its own traditions. Take a leisurely stroll in Piazza del Campo, the renowned setting for the Palio di Siena horse race. The tour includes a skip-the-line entry ticket to the breathtaking Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, the Duomo di Siena. Its facade is impressive, but the real magic lies within. Natural light illuminates masterpieces by Michelangelo and Donatello, creating an emotional and mesmerizing atmosphere. Your ticket also includes an audioguide and entrance to the Piccolomini Library, where you can marvel at fresco paintings by Pinturicchio and early works by a young Raphael. Our return journey to Florence, amidst gentle hills and vineyards, will be accompanied by a breathtaking sunset, serving as the perfect conclusion to an unforgettable day spent in Tuscany. Highlights - A professional, multilingual Tour Guide will accompany you throughout the day. - Groups of maximum 26 people, to fully enjoy the day. - Traditional Wine Tasting & Food Delicacies in San Gimignano. - Siena: Skip-the-line Entry Ticket to Santa Maria Assunta Cathedral + Audioguide. - Chianti Region: Discover the picturesque countryside. - Free Time: Enjoy leisure time in both Siena and San Gimignano to explore at your own pace. -

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Siena: Siena Cathedral and Piccolomini Library Entry Ticket

Siena: Siena Cathedral and Piccolomini Library Entry Ticket

Benefit from fast-track entry to Siena Cathedral and admire its stunning interior artwork and architecture. Walk along the cathedral's ornate marble mosaic floor, and visit the Piccolomini Library, known for its collection of vibrant frescoes. Skip the line and enter the cathedral to explore one of the foremost masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture in Italy. Marvel 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. During your visit, listen to an official audio guide to learn about Siena Cathedral and its history and art. The audio guide is accessed by scanning a QR code on your cellphone on the day of your visit.

Siena: Cathedral Complex Pass with Audio Guide (OPA SI PASS)

Siena: Cathedral Complex Pass with Audio Guide (OPA SI PASS)

Make the most of your time at the Siena Duomo with an inclusive ticket allowing you to access all areas excluding the rooftop. Discover the history of the complex as you listen to informative commentary on the included audio guide. Enter the Duomo and admire its grand scale as you stroll along its mosaic marble floor. Admire sculptures such as The Feast of Herod by Donatello and St. Paul by Michaelangelo among other 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 Walking Tour with Cathedral and Crypt & Museum Option

Siena Walking Tour with Cathedral and Crypt & Museum Option

Take a captivating journey through Siena on a guided walking tour with skip-the-line access to the Cathedral Complex. Your adventure begins in the heart of Siena Center, where you'll meet your knowledgeable guide and a small group of fellow explorers. Wander through the labyrinthine streets and charming squares of medieval Siena, soaking in the tranquility of its tucked-away corners. Immerse yourself in Siena's rich history as your guide regales you with tales of the famed Palio horse race and unveils the secrets of the Old Ghetto and Tower District. Ascend to breathtaking vantage points for panoramic vistas, capturing glimpses of the iconic Duomo and Torre del Mangia. En route to the majestic Piazza Del Campo, marvel at the architectural highlights that dot Siena's skyline, including the renowned Duomo. Discover the fascinating origins of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, shaped by the enlightened governance of the 14th century. As you meander through Siena's distinct Contrada, each representing a unique neighborhood steeped in tradition, envision the spirited rivalry that ignites during the Palio. Delve into the authentic ambiance of these vibrant communities and savor the opportunity to sample local delicacies like Ricciarelli and Panforte. Pause to admire the ornate Fonte Gaia fountain in Piazza del Campo, adorned with intricate reliefs depicting biblical scenes. Then, with our pre-arranged tickets, breeze past the queues and enter the awe-inspiring Cathedral. Traverse its hallowed halls adorned with masterpieces by Tuscan luminaries such as Duccio, Pisano, and Pinturicchio. The Cathedral houses many Renaissance highlights and the famous Piccolomini Library. Opt for an extended tour with OPA SI Pass to delve deeper into the Cathedral's treasures, including the captivating Crypt adorned with centuries-old frescoes. Learn from your guide about the ambitious vision behind the Duomo Nuovo and explore the Museo dell’Opera, home to exquisite sculptures and stained glass windows. Bid farewell to your guide and seize the opportunity to ascend the Facciatone, the unfinished façade of the New Cathedral, at your own pace. From this lofty vantage point, soak in the panoramic vistas of Siena and its picturesque countryside, concluding your journey on a truly unforgettable note.

Siena: Duomo di Siena Private Guided Tour

Siena: Duomo di Siena Private Guided Tour

Discover, in a 2-hour private tour, one of the Siena’s most iconic historic buildings, and World Heritage Site, the Duomo Cathedral. An expert local guide will illuminate the most important historical and artistic events that led to the creation and decoration of this architectural gem. You’ll be able to skip the ticket office queue, so you can get straight into discovering the Duomo’s interior.  After an introduction about the extraordinary facade decorated with statues depicting philosophers, prophets and sibyls that seem to talk to each other, you will go inside to discover the interio: Cappella del Voto, designed and decorated by Bernini during the 17th century, the high altar, the beautiful inlaid marble mosaic floor, of which many parts can be seen, the pulpit created by Nicola Pisano, the Chapel of St John the Baptist (Cappella di San Giovanni) which has a beautiful statue of the Saint himself, created by Donatello in the 15th century, the marvellous Piccolomini's Library, and some of Michelangelo's statues.

Siena private tour: discovering the legendary Palio spirit

Siena private tour: discovering the legendary Palio spirit

The guided tour of Siena will immerse you in the typical medieval town built by the Medici family. One of the best known buildings is the historic Palazzo Salimbeni which houses the headquarters of the Banca dei Paschi di Siena, one of the oldest in Europe. Walking through the characteristic alleys that have made the historic center a World Heritage Site, you can see spectacular views of the Piazza del Campo square. Unique of its kind for its original 9-segment shell shape, it is considered one of the most beautiful medieval squares in Europe and every two times a year the famous Palio challenge is held, the ancient competition between the Contrade (districts of the town). ). The whole square is surrounded by restaurants, cafes and souvenir shops but also important buildings including the Palazzo Comunale with the Torre del Mangia tower that rises over the whole square offering a unique panorama, the Palazzo Chigi-Condari, the Loggia della Mercanzia and in the highest part of the square the Fonte Gaia, the most beautiful of the Sienese water sources. The tour continues up the alleys where it is easy to see food and wine shops selling local delicacies such as wild boar salami, pecorino cheese, honey and wines such as Chianti, Montalcino and Montepulciano. The guided walking tour continues with a visit to the Baptistery, an imposing structure adjacent to the Cathedral that is a real jewel and ends with a visit to the Cathedral, whose majesty of black and white marble on the facade introduces us to the most important religious building in Siena.

BuzzAround Tour: Siena and San Gimignano Day Tour

BuzzAround Tour: Siena and San Gimignano Day Tour

Tuscany is like a vast blooming field, rich in the sweetest nectar everywhere. If you only have one day available, follow the example of greedy bees and hop from flower to flower! BuzzAround Florence invites you to explore the true essence of Tuscany, blending art, history, and the pleasures of wine and food. We will accompany you to San Gimignano, often referred to as the "Manhattan of the Middle Ages" due to its numerous towers punctuating the skyline. San Gimignano has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and as you wander through this marvelously preserved village, you'll understand why – it's like taking a step back in time! Treat yourself to a coffee, browse the quaint shops in the area. In San Gimignano, immerse yourself in a traditional Tuscan wine tasting experience atop an al fresco terrace, tracing the medieval walls. Sample five distinct varieties of Tuscan grapes, complemented by an array of local delicacies such as affettati (salami), regional cheeses, bruschette, and other tantalizing specialties. The journey continues through the Tuscan countryside to Siena, where your experience begins with a visit to this charming town, renowned as the capital of Gothic art. You'll wander through the narrow streets of the city's 17 historic districts, known as "Contrade", each with its distinct identity, emblem, and history, as well as its own traditions. Take a leisurely stroll in Piazza del Campo, the renowned setting for the Palio di Siena horse race. The tour includes a skip-the-line entry ticket to the breathtaking Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, the Duomo di Siena. Its facade is impressive, but the real magic lies within. Natural light illuminates masterpieces by Michelangelo and Donatello, creating an emotional and mesmerizing atmosphere. Your ticket also includes an audioguide and entrance to the Piccolomini Library, where you can marvel at fresco paintings by Pinturicchio and early works by a young Raphael. Our return journey to Florence, amidst gentle hills and vineyards, will be accompanied by a breathtaking sunset, serving as the perfect conclusion to an unforgettable day spent in Tuscany. Highlights - A professional, multilingual Tour Guide will accompany you throughout the day. - Groups of maximum 26 people, to fully enjoy the day. - Traditional Wine Tasting & Food Delicacies in San Gimignano. - Siena: Skip-the-line Entry Ticket to Santa Maria Assunta Cathedral + Audioguide. - Chianti Region: Discover the picturesque countryside. - Free Time: Enjoy leisure time in both Siena and San Gimignano to explore at your own pace. -

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The cathedral (the Duomo) in Siena is gorgeous, and the floor is spectacular! The library is a room off the interior of the cathedral and contains beautiful art work and many illustrated books open for viewing. I highly recommend using the QR code on the entrance ticket to download an audio tour on your cell phone.

Susanna was incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about all things Siena. We really appreciated the way she worked in little nuggets of information regarding buildings and statues as we walked passed them.

It was worth seeing these two places and tickets were reasonably priced. Walk through city was wonderful

Amazing interior. Overwhelming pieces of religious artwork. Missed explanations.

Excellent.....guide was wery knowledgeable and we got a lot out of it