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Siena: Siena Cathedral Complex Pass (OPA SI Pass)

1. Siena: Siena Cathedral Complex Pass (OPA SI Pass)

See notable features of the Duomo of Siena with the OPA SI fast-track entry pass. In addition to discovering the Cathedral of Siena, visit the Baptistery, the Crypt, the Piccolomini Library, and the adjacent Museo dell'Opera, Oratory, and Facciatone viewpoint with one convenient ticket. Enter the Duomo and be amazed by its grand scale as you stroll along its stunning mosaic marble floor. Admire sculptures such as The Feast of Herod by Donatello and St. Paul by Michaelangelo, amongst many 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: Siena Cathedral & Piccolomini Library Entrance Ticket

2. Siena: Siena Cathedral & Piccolomini Library Entrance Ticket

Benefit from fast-track entry to Siena Cathedral and admire the stunning artwork and architecture of its interior. Walk along its ornate marble mosaic floor and visit the Piccolomini Library known for its collection of vibrant frescoes. Skip the line and enter the Cathedral and admire one of the foremost masterpieces of renaissance art and architecture in Italy. Gaze 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.

From Florence: Tuscany Day Trip with Optional Lunch and Wine

3. From Florence: Tuscany Day Trip with Optional Lunch and Wine

Begin your journey of Tuscany at Florence’s central train station, where you will be greeted by your guide who will take care of you throughout the day.  Head straight to Siena, Italy’s most picturesque medieval city, whereupon arrival your guide will take you on a walking tour. Look up to admire the lovely terracotta roofs adorning the buildings and marvel at the magnificent Gothic and Romanesque architecture of the main cathedral.   Next, head to the hilltop town of San Gimignano, a UNESCO world heritage site, famous for the tower houses built in the Middle Ages. Enjoy free time here to see its splendid squares, palaces, churches, and magnificent towers. The last stop on your Tuscan excursion is a visit to Pisa and its iconic leaning tower. Take a stroll through the Piazza dei Miracoli and see other marvelous monuments, before driving back to Florence. Best of all, choose from either a small-group or private guided experience to make your trip special. Choose the lunch option to enjoy a homemade lunch paired with an informal wine tasting at a traditional wine estate in the Chianti wine region. Savor 4 regional wines at lunch and learn about their unique production techniques. Feast on an organic, farmhouse meal while you overlook the rolling vineyards under the Tuscan sun.

Siena: Guided City Tour with Cathedral Skip-the-Line Entry

4. Siena: Guided City Tour with Cathedral Skip-the-Line Entry

Explore the beauty of Siena on a small group or private walking tour. See its famous monuments and hidden treasures with an expert guide. Benefit from pre-reserved tickets to Siena Cathedral. Meet your guide at the San Domenico Basilica and admire its Gothic architecture. Follow a winding route to take in panoramic views of the city, including the Duomo and Torre del Mangia. Find out about Siena in the Middle Ages, see the imposing palaces said to be the oldest in the area. Have a break to take in the charm of the 14th-century seashell-shaped square, Piazza del Compo, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Admire the magnificent Fonte Gaia fountain with its side reliefs of "The Creation of Adam" and "The Flight from the Garden of Eden." Learn about the history of the contrada (districts) that challenge each other twice a year during Siena’s Palio horse race. Walk to one of the most typical contrada and immerse yourself in the authentic atmosphere. Follow your guide to see one of the local pastry shops that reflect the glory of Italy in using the centuries-old recipes to make traditional Ricciarelli and Panforte. Finally, explore one of the most fascinating cathedrals in Italy with pre-reserved tickets. Follow your guide to marvel at the magnificent marble mosaic inlay floor, stained glass, and medieval masterpieces by Duccio and Pisano. See the Renaissance highlights: several Donatello, Michelangelo, and Bernini sculptures and frescoes by Pinturicchio in the Libreria Piccolomini. Armed with a wealth of knowledge about Siena, say goodbye to your guide in the square in front of the cathedral.

Siena 2-Hour Walking Tour & Skip-the-Line Duomo Tickets

5. Siena 2-Hour Walking Tour & Skip-the-Line Duomo Tickets

Discover the beauty of Siena during a 2-hour walking tour, one of the world's most well-preserved medieval cities. Walk the narrow cobblestone streets and marvel at the architecture. Visit the Basilica di San Domenico and learn more about St Catherine, patron of Italy. Learn about the grand history of this proud Republic and discover the traditional Palio, a spectacular festival that features a wild bare-back horse race around Piazza del Campo, the city's central square. Learn about the Contrade or city neighborhoods and how they wait all year to participate in this fundamental race. Visit Siena's historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to marvel at the magnificent architecture of Palazzo Salimbeni, today the world's oldest Bank, attesting to the wealth and trade of its glorious past. See Palazzo Tolomei, an imposing private Gothic building and the main square with its monuments and fountain. Discover the culinary traditions of the town and finally walk to one of the most spectacular cathedrals in Italy, the Duomo of Siena.  Your English-speaking local tour guide will escort you inside the Siena Cathedral to visit the chapels and to see the impressive masterpieces by Donatello, Michelangelo, and other artists, an unforgettably rich building of centuries of art and devotion.

Full-Day Excursion to Siena, San Gimignano & Chianti

6. Full-Day Excursion to Siena, San Gimignano & Chianti

Enjoy a full-day excursion by minivan to see the beautiful Chianti area and to visit the cities of Siena and San Gimignano.  Depart at 9:00 AM from Piazza Cavalleggeri, the meeting point located in the city center of Florence. Stop at Piazzale Michelangelo for few minutes to see the splendid panorama and then in one hour you will arrive in Siena. Take a guided tour of the city center, including Piazza del Campo and the Cathedral. There is free time to walk by yourself in the narrow and ancient streets.  Then leave Siena to arrive in Monteriggioni, an old Medieval little village. After a short stop, continue to San Gimignano where you will have free time to explore the city center on your own. San Gimignano is famous for its towers, vernaccia wine and its characteristic craft articles.

Siena: 3h Private City Walking Tour with Optional Cathedral

7. Siena: 3h Private City Walking Tour with Optional Cathedral

Explore Siena's rich history, culture, and traditions with a local guide. The tour is designed to show you Siena's most intriguing sites in a short period, with plenty of stops for photos along the way. Start the tour with a visit to some of the city’s most significant sites including the Piazza del Campo, Palazzo Publicco, Palazzo Tolomei, Palazzo Salimbeni, and the ancient Banchi di Sopra. Upon exploring, learn which buildings hold UNESCO World Heritage-listed status and why. Continue the tour to the Basilica of San Domenico, which is home to Saint Catherine's relics. Next, stop by the Sanctuary of St. Catherine of Siena, where she once lived with her family. Pass by the Baptistery and the Siena Cathedral (or the Duomo di Siena), and head inside for a closer look (if the optional guided tour option is booked). Inside, admire the array of works of art from some of Italy’s most important artists. 

Siena: Guided Old Town Walking Tour with Cathedral Entrance

8. Siena: Guided Old Town Walking Tour with Cathedral Entrance

Discover the highlights of Siena on a guided walking tour with a certified guide. Stroll through the streets of the Old Town and see some of its most historic buildings, while learning about their history with your guide. Enter secret courtyards, some of which are decorated with beautiful frescoes. Visit Piazza del Campo, the main square of Siena, and learn about the famous horserace which is held there twice a year. Enjoy a refreshing glass of local Tuscan wine on a terrace with a gorgeous 360-degree view of the Old Town. Then uncover a secret treasure of Siena - the oldest public fountain of the town where you will find a hidden escalator that will bring you to the famous Cathedral of Siena. Skip the line and enter the Cathedral where you will find masterpieces by Michelangelo, Raphael, and Donatello. Walk on its magnificent marble floor and admire its beautiful interior.

Siena Cathedral Tour

9. Siena Cathedral Tour

The Cathedral of Siena is an overwelming monument that houses works of art from the Middle Ages to the contemporary period. Consecrated, according to tradition, in 1179, the cathedral is characterized by a magnificent polychrome marble façade, built in several stages, next to which you'll find the so-called 'new cathedral,' the unfinished project for the 14th extensions of which some vestiges remain.  The interior, divided into one nave and two aisles, shows an outstanding floor decorated in marble with more than fifty subjects derived from the Old Testament, New Testament, symbols and allegories, built between 1300 and 1500. Among the chapels, the most noteworthy are the chapel of the Vow, a baroque masterpiece by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, the chapel of the Baptist, which houses the bronze statue of St. John the Baptist by Donatello, the Piccolomini Chapel with sculptures by Michelangelo and above all the extraordinary Piccolomini Library, the 'Sistine Chapel' of Siena with frescoes by Pinturicchio and probably his pupil Raphael. Come and visit the cathedral with an art historian, a guide who can explain to you the history and anecdotes of the construction of one of the most important monuments of Italian Art.

From Florence: Private Siena Day Trip with Transfers

10. From Florence: Private Siena Day Trip with Transfers

Once arrived in Siena, you will start a private guided visit to the old city centre. A licensed, professional guide will take you to all of Siena’s monuments. While walking along the narrow medieval streets you will admire the magnificent Cathedral and you will have the chance to see the sublime interior including the Libreria Piccolomini. The tour will continue to Piazza del Campo where the famous Palio horse race is held twice a year. This square is overlooked by the huge Palazzo del Comune (exterior). Feel free to stroll around the city and discover the medieval streets and shops before leaving for Florence with your vehicle driven by courteous, professional chauffeurs.

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based on 1,591 reviews

This was the best tour I've done so far! Angela is an amazing guide, full of energy, nice to everyone, professional and she is the best at what she does. We saw amazing places, but I must admit the lunch was out of this world. If you're able, book the tour with lunch included, you won't regret it. My favorite spot was Siena, i wish we had enough time to explore on our own. San Gimignano looks frozen and time and it's pretty. Pisa is beautiful but nothing special. Even with all this, the highlight was Angela! I'm a tour guide from Portugal, so believe me when I say she's the best. Ask for her if possible! Thank you so much again!

Stefono was an amazing tour guide: great knowledge of the area, just the right amount of wit, and he cared about us having a good experience! We also had a local guide in Sienna, who was amazing in her own right. The lunch was absolutely delicious with a variety of wines, good food, and a great view! The whole day was a whirlwind and left you ready for a nap on the drive back to Florence, but it was a fantastic experience well worth the price!

Excellent trip filled with many good sights and the lunch is also good. Wish there was more free time at San Gimignano (which you can get if you skip the included lunch).

The guide Angella and the driver Danielle were excellent. Very helpful and willing to go the extra mile with their attitude and tips. 100% recommended

Great trip, a very good solution to explore some of the best locations in Tuscany if you don't want to rent a car and explore by yourself