Siena

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Top attractions in Siena

Top 10 Places to go in and around 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.

  • Museum of Metropolitan Institution

    1. Museum of Metropolitan Institution

    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.

  • Siena Cathedral

    2. Siena Cathedral

    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.

  • Complesso Museale Santa Maria della Scala

    3. Complesso Museale Santa Maria della Scala

    Walk across the street from the cathedral and back in time with 1,000 years of Italian history housed in this restored hospital complex.

  • Basilica of San Domenico

    4. Basilica of San Domenico

    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.

  • Torre del Mangia

    5. Torre del Mangia

    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.

  • Palazzo Pubblico

    6. Palazzo Pubblico

    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.

  • Piazza del Campo

    7. Piazza del Campo

    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.

  • Castello di Meleto

    8. Castello di Meleto

    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.

  • Castello di Brolio

    9. Castello di Brolio

    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.

  • Palazzo Chigi-Saracini

    10. Palazzo Chigi-Saracini

    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.

Frequently asked questions about Siena

What top attractions are a must-see in Siena?

Planning Your Visit

  • How long to spend in Siena, Italy?

    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.

  • The Palio

    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.

Good to know

  • Language
    Italian
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +39
  • Best time to visit
    Fall 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

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 8,731 reviews

This tour is awesome! It starts with some walking to a church in Sienna with a tour guide from the city (we were blessed to have a touring legend from Sienna give us a tour). The bus ride is smooth and they have water available if needed (which we took advantage of). The vineyard tour and wine tasting was great, and the food? To die for! We purchased 6 bottles of wine after the tour ended haha (they ship if you prefer that, we just took them with us). Our day ended with a quick trip to pisa to see the leaning tower. Great tour, awesome value, and our guide Manolo is the best tour guide we EVER HAD!

This entire experience was amazing. Starting off, they pick you up at your hotel. They went out of their way to accommodate my group as we bought our tickets only a few hours before. We did the brunello tour. It was a 10/10 experience. The vineyards were stunning, the wine was delicious, and the organization of the whole tour was outstanding. You absolutely MUST do this tour if you can. It was one of the most memorable days of my life.

Had a great experience with the Tuscan tour. I wish they did a seperate package that left out pisa but gave more time at Siena and San gimiano instead. Our guide Elisa was very helpful and friendly. Totally recommend this experience to anyone in Florence.

The trip was amazing, well organized and my guide Lavina was well spoken. I can really recommend the lunch option, which was delicious.

The the tour is well organized and the tourguide Oliva was very helpful. She gave us great insight on what to expect.