Nestled in the southern Chianti hills, Siena stands as one of the most gracious and alluring cities in Italy. The city, best seen from the superior vantage points of the bell tower or the top of the Duomo, is a charming, architecturally harmonized and placid city, filled with glorious Medieval churches, Renaissance palazzos and modern-day preservation efforts. In fact, the entire city center has been put under UNESCO protection, in order to safeguard its unique charm and historic character. This Siena Tour, led by a local writer or art historian, explores the history, architecture, and distinct character of this idyllic city.
During our three hours exploring Siena, we will get a full understanding of the important role Siena has played in many arenas, accompanied by a local expert, who will use her superior insider's viewpoint to foster appreciation for this special corner of the world.
Starting in the Center
From the fan-shaped central piazza, Il Campo
, scene of the beloved Palio horse race, to the soaring Duomo, with an elaborate facade by Giovanni Pisano, the walk will pay special attention to Siena's superb artistic heritage. The historic seat of the Monte dei Paschi di Siena bank, the oldest surviving bank in the world, as well as the Palazzo Piccolomini and Palazzo Pubblico, will speak to the substantial influence that the city has had in financial and political realms. A strong religious background will be evident, as Siena was one of the main stops on the Via Francigena pilgrimage route—a subject we explore in our Val D'Orcia Tour
From piazzas to museums, churches to pastry shops, our half-day experience in the city will uncover and illuminate the true character of this remarkable city.
To facilitate getting to Siena quickly and easily, we have a Siena car service, which picks up clients in Florence
, takes them to Siena, waits for the length of the walk and brings you back to Florence. For more details on this service, please see our Siena Car Service.
Where does it start? Where does it end? The tour starts and ends in Siena.
How can I get to Siena from Florence? The best way to reach Siena from Florence is with the SITA bus line. The SITA bus line leaves the bus depot on Via Santa Caterina di Siena, just a block southwest from the front of Santa Maria Novella station at least once an hour on weekdays, starting at 6:45, with the last bus leaving at 8:15pm. The ride is about 75 minutes, and costs 6.50 euro, one-way. Taking the train to Siena is discouraged- the bus stop is in middle of Siena, while the train will leave you on the outskirts, forcing you to get a taxi.