Santa Maria della Scala

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Santa Maria della Scala: Our most recommended tours and activities

Siena Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

1. Siena Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

Explore the top sights in Siena with an interactive smartphone tour. Stroll through the city solving location-based riddles on this walking tour. See the rose window and elaborate façade of Siena Cathedral and view the facinating architecture in Piazza del Duomo. 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. 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. You can start the activity any time, the schedule is indicative. You will visit: Duomo di Siena - starting point Baptistery of St John Palazzo Piccolomini Loggia del Papa Tower of Mangia Pubblico Palace Pinacoteca Nazionale di Siena Santa Maria della Scala Facciatone Piazza del Campo - ending point and more

Florence: San Gimignano, Siena, and Chianti Full-Day Tour

2. Florence: San Gimignano, Siena, and Chianti Full-Day Tour

Immerse yourself into the heart of the beautiful and unforgettable Tuscan countryside. Be picked up in an air-conditioned car or minivan and sit back as your driver takes you through the countryside on a semi-private or private tour. Discover stunning medieval sites on this one-of-a-kind self-guided tour, such as San Gimignano, also known as the "Medieval Manhattan" due to its 14 medieval tower houses that create a unique atmosphere, almost crystallized in time. Explore the magical atmosphere of Siena, famous for its horse race, the Gothic cathedral of Santa Maria Della Scala, typical sweets, and many other little treasures. Don't miss the Chianti region, and taste the region's typical plates, extra virgin olive oil, and wine on an authentic Tuscan farm. Walk through the cellars of local wine specialists and learn their secrets about making the Nectar of Gods. Delight your palate with many different kinds of Chianti, Morellino, Super Tuscan, and much more while you gaze upon the breathtaking views of Chianti Hills.

Siena: The Life of St. Catherine Tour

3. 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.

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What people are saying about Santa Maria della Scala

After a little bit of stress before our pick-up, we boarded a car that was unfortunately dirty and smelled of cigarettes. Our guide, Sinisa, took us to the heights of Florence to show us the city from another point of view. We had been there before, but it was nonetheless significant. Then departure for Siena, a very beautiful city where we tasted a coffee and local flavors. The organization was done somewhat according to our wishes. Our guide took us to a very beautiful wine estate (Tenuta Torciano) where we tasted excellent Chianti in a rather particular but top form. Then to finalize this day, a small passage by San Gimignano. Very happy with our privatized getaway

Easy booking, easy to solve, even our 6 year old was able to join in. A great family experience where you can take your time so you can really see the city and not just solve the next puzzle. We'll definitely do it again in the next town

Interesting hints. Enough time to linger. Individual care. Extensive knowledge of the tour guide.