A unique and authentic experience of Siena and its traditions, with guided tour of the old town and exclusive admission to the heart of a "Contrada".
Discover San Gimignano and stop at a local winery.
What to Expect
Along the way that will lead you to Siena, the first emotion is the enchanting view of Monteriggioni from the panoramic windows of the bus: the amazing spectacle of a small medieval village enclosed by its famous walls, which remained standing to this day.
Upon arrival in Siena, meet the local guide, at your disposal for two hours, who takes you on a comprehensive guided tour of the historic center, starting from the famous Basilica of San Domenico (inside visit), a jewel of Renaissance art built in the 13th century and dedicated to St.Catherine of Siena, of which preserves a relic.
Walk along the narrow medieval streets of the city, flanked by splendid palaces and historic shops, until you reach the spectacular Cathedral of the 12th century, of which you can admire the magnificent architecture and the splendor of the polychrome marbles.
The tour continues then with the visit of the Museumand Oratory of a Contrada**(exclusive opening), where you can experience the atmosphere of the authentic and most intimate soul of the town. The “Contrade” (districts into which the city is divided) are the real core of local social life, where inhabitants of each district compete with each other, as they devote themselves to the preparation of the famous Palio horse-race. The Museum of a ”Contrada”, as well as its Oratory, is therefore the heart of the district. It is an intimate and secret place containing historical documents and wonderful relics of the famous Palio, as well as magnificent works of art which are normally not disclosed to the public.
The guided tour of Siena ends in its most beautiful square, Piazza del Campo, of which the Palazzo Pubblico (Town Hall) is the focal point. Free time to continue exploring the city and for lunch (not included).
In the afternoon, reach San Gimignano, a small and world famous walled town located on a hilltop, which remained intact through the centuries, renowned for its tall towers, wonderful frescoes and many other valuable works of art: here you will be led until the heart of the historical center, where you have free time at disposal for its fascinating discovery.
In the evening, crossing the gently Chianti rolling hills, arrive at a small and typical winery where, after a short walking the ancient vineyards, you will visit the suggestive barrique room and taste 4 fantastic wines, sampling also locally produced zero food miles. Finally, you will stop in the picturesque village of Greve in Chianti, to admire its famous main square flanked by arcades and browse through the local artisan shops, to end a memorable experience in the heart of Tuscany.
** When the Museum and the Oratory of the Contrada are not accessible, this will be replaced with the interior visit of the Cathedral or another site of particular historic and cultural interest
- Tour escort
- Local guide in Siena
- Museum entrance fees
- Exclusive opening in Siena: Contrada's Museum and Oratory guided visit
- Stop at a typical Winery and taste excellent Chianti Wines
- Visit the picturesque medieval Chianti Village, famous for its colors and charm
Know Before You Go
A minimum of 2 participants are required per tour. The tour is subject to cancellation if this minimum is not reached. Please call at least 24 hours prior the scheduled departure to confirm the schedule.
Local guiding service in Italian, Spanish, French, and German is always guaranteed for a minimum of 4 participants. The escort service is provided by professional multilingual tour leader. The local guide service could be provided in two languages. If your requested language cannot be confirmed, the tour can be conducted in another language, usually English. If the tour or the language cannot be confirmed, your reservation can be refunded.
When the Museum and the Oratory of the Contrada are not accessible, will be replaced with the interior visit of the Cathedral or another site of particular historic and cultural interest.
Please note that the order of the visits may change.