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Siena Historic Center (Siena Centro Storico)
Siena Historic Center (Siena Centro Storico)

Siena Historic Center (Siena Centro Storico)

Piazza Del Campo, Siena, Italy

The Basics

The heart of Siena’s historic center is Piazza del Campo, home to the famous Palio horse races and landmarks such as the medieval Palazzo Pubblico (town hall), Fontana Gaia fountain, and Torre del Mangia tower. Nearby, the marble-fronted Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption (Cattedrale Metropolitana di Santa Maria Assunta, or Duomo di Siena) is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture and one of Siena’s most impressive sights. Additional highlights include the Fort of Santa Barbara (Fortezza di Santa Barbara) and Palazzo Salimbeni palace.

Siena’s historic center is best explored on foot as part of a walking tour, and the town is a popular stop on day trips to the Chianti region of Tuscany from Florence and Rome. Tours often include either the city of Pisa or the picturesque villages of San Gimignano, Monteriggioni, and Castellina. Full-day sightseeing itineraries generally include a stop for lunch and wine tasting.

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Florence Day Trip: Pisa, San Gimignano, and Siena with Lunch in Piazza del Campo
Florence Day Trip: Pisa, San Gimignano, and Siena with Lunch in Piazza del Campo
star-4.5
$78.04 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Explore beautiful Tuscany
I highly recommend this tour, it was a notable experience. Our your guide was knowledgeable, the destinations were beautiful and captivating. Our tour group was fun, so nice to meet people who share a joy of exploring. It is a great way to explore Tuscany and a good value for all that is packed into this tour.
Erin_P, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Siena

star-5
Thank you for everything!!youre exellent
GEORGIA_A, Sep 2021
Full day to San Gimignano, Siena and Chianti
Sienna was amazing!!!!dont forget to buy some local prodaucts from san gimignano.the experience of wine tasting is something unique
star-5
Great informative tour
JamesD_B, Sep 2021
Full day to San Gimignano, Siena and Chianti
Excellent guides the tool the time to explain any answer to your question. Guides also took great care of the older trip members. Everything moved smoothly and on time. Great tour!
star-5
Nice trip in Tuscany
Emanuel_C, Jul 2021
Full day to San Gimignano, Siena and Chianti
Very good value for money. The bus used was new, comfortable and air-conditioned one. The first stop was an hour and 15 in San Gimgnano, the second stop of 40 minutes in Montirigione, then we arrived in Siena where we had 3 hours to visit. The last stop was at a well-known winery in Chanti, where we tasted 3 kinds of wine. The location was gorgeous. At 19:30 We arrived at the tram station to return to Florence.
star-5
Good cheer!
Bebe_H, Feb 2020
Full day to San Gimignano, Siena and Chianti
Our guide Rossa was wonderful! She enthusiastically communicated the history and cultural significance of each site. Relayed logistical information clearly to respect our time and that of others on the tour. Clean and comfortable bus!
star-4
A beautiful introduction to Tuscany
Elani_W, Aug 2020
Full day to San Gimignano, Siena and Chianti
This tour provides what is promised, providing a wonderful introduction to the highlights of Tuscany. The guide is great, and the experiences absolutely worth it.
star-5
Wonderful day in Tuscany
Serguei_S, Aug 2020
Full day to San Gimignano, Siena and Chianti
We had a wonderful time at the whole -day tour to Siena and San Gimignano including lunch and wine tasting at a boutique winery in Chianti. For those who want to avoid the hassle of self-organizing, driving and parking, the tour is just perfect. Our special thanks go to our lovely caring and competent guide Rosa who was with us every minute of the tour making it an unforgettable experience!
star-5
Great Day Tour
John_M, Mar 2020
Full day to San Gimignano, Siena and Chianti
It was a great tour. We got to see Siena first, then had lunch at a great winery, followed by a short stop to Montepulcino, and lastly San Gimignano. I feel like it was pretty well paced out for the day. It was a good mix of information and free time to explore. Our guide was very nice and informative.
star-5
Great tour
Lisa_M, Mar 2020
Full day to San Gimignano, Siena and Chianti
We enjoyed a very good full day tour, it was Informative & we received a very kind, friendly service, especially from Rosa our tour guide. She really does make sure that you have everything you need & is very knowledgeable about the Italian history. The only thing that let us down was the wet & rainy weather, however Rosa still managed to make it an enjoyable experience.
star-5
Tuscany Day Trip
Philip_K, Mar 2020
Full day to San Gimignano, Siena and Chianti
Great mix of guided tours and free time to explore at our own pace. Best way to explore the smaller towns in the region.
star-5
Siena with wine tasting
MariaChristina_A, Feb 2020
Full day to San Gimignano, Siena and Chianti
Our guide Olouisa was one the best tour guide i’ve ever met, very patient and gracious to everyone, my best part of the tour was siena and wine tasting.
star-5
Great way to visit nearby Tuscan towns!
kathleen, Feb 2020
Full day to San Gimignano, Siena and Chianti
The bus tour was an amazing experience! The 2 tour guides and the bus driver were friendly and knowledgeable! It was a great way to get out of the city of Florence for a day and see the sights of three nearby Tuscan towns. Walked around a medieval village and experience a wine tasting with lunch. Would definitely recommend to all travelers!
star-5
Great time
Sean, Feb 2020
Full day to San Gimignano, Siena and Chianti
Enjoyed the tour. Carmen was a wonderful guide! I was happy I was able to see a few cities during my short visit to Florence.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Siena is one of the most beautiful medieval centers in Tuscany, so be sure to bring your camera.

  • The town is accessible to wheelchair users, but if your visit is part of a wine tour, wineries may not be. Check in advance.

  • Tours of Siena and the villages of Tuscany require a fair bit of walking. Choose comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.

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How to Get There

Siena is about 90 minutes directly south of Florence by car or train. The most convenient way to visit is by joining a small-group or private tour that includes transportation so you can also explore nearby Tuscan villages.

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When to Get There

Home to one of the most famous and popular medieval festivals in Italy, Siena is either a destination to visit or to avoid during the annual Palio, held in July and August. The town offers little shade so is best explored in spring or fall when the temperatures are milder.

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Siena’s Palio Festivities

One of the most raucous historical festivals in Italy, the Palio di Siena focuses around a bareback horse race held in Piazza del Campo each year on July 2 and again on August 16. Ten horses and riders representing 10 of the 17 contrade, or historical town districts, race along a track through the screaming crowds for honor and glory. The celebrations also include pageants, banquets, and religious events.

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