Top Tours & Activities in Siena
This historically political city in the heart of Chianti wine country is not to be overshadowed by Florence or Venice. Still, it is not often a tourist’s first choice, leaving it with all the more medieval character and intimacy for you to enjoy.
Housed in the Siena Cathedral is one of the oldest museums in the world. A beautiful nexus of religion and culture, their prestigious art collection is a pillar of Siena history.
This gigantic complex seems to never end. See ancient texts in the library, explore the sacred crypt, and climb to the top of the tower for a breathtaking panoramic view of Siena.
Walk across the street from the cathedral and back in time with 1,000 years of Italian history housed in this restored hospital complex.
Also known as Basilica Cateriniana because St. Catherine’s head is kept here, this church is one of the most important structures in the area.
Towering above the Palazzo Pubblico is the epic Torre del Mangia. It’s 10€ to climb to the top, but the view is worth every step.
Torre del Mangia is the bell tower of this amazing Gothic structure. Inside you’ll find a wonderland of incredibly preserved sacred and secular frescos.
Cultural center of the city, some say it’s one of the best piazzas in all of Italy. It’s the perfect place to sit outside with a glass of wine and soak in all the local character.
Siena day trips are a must in the Chianti region. You won’t find a more unforgettable winery to visit than the one at this incredible castle in the countryside.
This countryside castle wins the award for the world’s longest winemaking operation under the same family. Some say the Ricasoli family even invented the Chianti.
One of the most famous medieval palaces in Siena was home to the significant Chigi Academy of Classical music, and you can still hear classical strings filling the air upon arrival.
It is possible that two days in the city is enough, but allow yourself a couple extra days to relax and go for wine tasting in the surrounding countryside of Tuscany.
One of Siena’s most famous attractions is the Palio, a bareback horse race held every July 2 and August 16 at Piazza del Campo. Seeing this ancient tradition is a once in a lifetime opportunity. If you’re visiting Siena around these times, however, be sure to book hotels, restaurants, and, of course, tickets to the Palio six months in advance if possible—it’s one of the rare times that Siena will feel very crowded.
- CurrencyEuro (€)
- Time ZoneUTC (+01:00)
- Country Code+39
- Best time to visitFall may be the best time to visit because of the autumn colors in the countryside. Although you can expect some rain, the temperatures are typically warm, and there are plenty of outdoor festivals to visit.
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What People Are Saying About Siena
The guide was helpful, pleasant with a good attitude. We found that the walk to & fro the bus in Siena was far too long. The bus should be parked very much closer to the meeting point after a full, long day tour. The walk back to the bus was almost as long as the guided walking tour of Siena.
We really enjoyed all of the stops. And our tour guides were very knowledgeable and pleasant. The food and location at lunch was great too!
My only complaint is no accesibililty to a restroom before departure. Additionally, no one told me how to get a refund for a ticket I paid for a friend who became ill the morning if the trip.
Jennifer was the best! She was knowledgeable, professional, and had a great personality for dealing with so many people. She turned a very long day into an awesome Tuscany experience.
We enjoyed stopping off at the various locations en route to Siena. The weather, the comfort of the bus and the help of Lisa our Tour guide and the location guide in Siena, all combined for a very good "small" experience of some of Tuscany.