Intro

Get the ultimate introduction to Siena on a sightseeing tour that includes the main attractions as well as some of the beaten path hidden gems. Learn about the Medieval history of the city and taste some of her many treasures.

Highlights

  • Discover the history, traditions and food of Siena
  • Visit San Domenico Church (exterior), Piazza del Campo, Duomo Square and the Cathedral (optional entry at the end of your tour)
  • Learn about the world famous Palio horse race and get an understanding of the meaning it has to the local community
  • Explore ancient alleys, dazzling squares and Renaissance (better Medieval) palaces with a local by your side
  • Taste traditional Senese treats such as almond cookies, cured meats and truffle

Quick tour view (2.5 hours)

  • 1

    Meeting Point

    San Domenico Square in front of the Church

  • 2

    Main itinerary spots

    Walk up and down medieval alleys and districts, see Banchi di Sopra Street, and admire Campo Square and the magnificent Cathedral.

  • 3

    Culinary journey

    Start with a selection of Senese biscuits. Continue with an interesting touch of truffle and end with a delicious panino paired with a glass of wine.

  • 4

    Ending Point

    Campo Square

Scheduled details

  • Duration: 2.5 hours
  • Meeting point: San Domenico Square in front of the Church
  • Starting time: 10.30 AM
  • Ending point: Campo Square
  • How many: Max number: 12 people / min 1 person
  • How much: Adult 60,00 € – child 30,00 €
  • When: From Tuesday to Sunday from 1/3/21 to 31/12/21

Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, food samples (including sweets biscuits, and a local sandwich), and a glass of wine or beer.

Exclusions: Additional food and drink, souvenirs and items of a personal nature, tips and gratuities for the guide.

Full description

Your introduction to Siena will start at the main entrance to San Domenico church, the most important landmark in Siena. This is where the relics of Santa Caterina, Italy’s patron saint, are stored, and the church also plays a significant role in Palio traditions.

We’ll stroll around Siena’s medieval centre and talk about the ‘‘Contrades’ (the name for the famous, original houses of Siena), which still compete in the 400-year-old tradition of the Palio horse race, an event that is central to the lives of the Senese. Each contrada has its own motto, flag and symbol, such as an owl, wolf or dragon. As we walk, your guide will tell you about the fierce rivalries between the houses that go back hundreds of years.

At Piazza del Campo, one of the world’s most spectacular squares, we will let you in on some of Siena’s darkest secrets and tell you stories about the city’s glorious past and its most intense and infamous conflicts. We will talk more about the Palio horse race, which takes place here twice a year. This legendary event, and the colourful pageant that proceeds it, attracts visitors from all over the world.

We will stop at a food shop to taste local sweet treats such as ricciarelli biscuits or panforte,  and then just around the corner we will learn about truffles before sampling a ‘truffly’ snack. Our foodie stops are designed to give you a greater understanding of the culture and traditions of Siena; there’s no better way to discover a culture, in our opinion, than by eating it!

We will then head towards the hill that hosts the exquisite Gothic Cathedral and we’ll stop to talk about the nearby ancient pilgrimage hospital and hear stories about the pilgrims that passed through its doors.

Finally, we’ll explore medieval alleys until we stumble across our final stop at a local deli and butcher shop, where we’ll raise a glass of Senese wine, paired with a delicious panino (Italian sandwich) and say ‘cheers’ for a wonderful tour. Arrivederci!

Additional information

Dress standard: Please wear casual dress and comfortable shoes for walking. Bring a waterproof jacket or an umbrella in case of rain.

Accessibility: Yes

Physical rating: Low

Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We’ll see you at the start point.  Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.

Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 4 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 4 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 4. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.

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