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Siena Private Walking Tour with a Local Guide

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2 hours

Private Tour

Why take this tour?

Explore the picturesque city of Siena on this two-hour private walking tour and learn about its UNESCO-listed historic center and monumental landmarks. Stroll through enchanting cobblestoned alleys and admire the Piazza del Campo, Palazzo Comunale and the Basilica of San Domenico, among others, and come away with a deeper appreciation for what is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Tuscany. This tour is a private experience with the added benefit of being for your group only, led by a private local guide. These private experiences enjoy a more intimate setting along with the ability to tour at your desired pace. This tour is operated by one of our partners. We searched the world to find expert partners offering incredible experiences in locations you want to go - so wherever you go, you can #takewalks!

Highlights

  • Created with Sketch.Enjoy a private walking tour of Siena's perfectly preserved historic center with insights from an expert local guide
  • Created with Sketch.Explore the splendid Piazza del Campo, the center of life in Siena since the 14th century
  • Created with Sketch.Survey the Palazzo Comunale and its bell-tower ‘Torre del Mangia’, one of the tallest in Italy
  • Created with Sketch.See the striking Cathedral of Siena and learn about the incredible masterpieces within
  • Created with Sketch.Visit the Basilica of San Domenico and see a beautiful fresco of St. Catherine

Soak up the enchanting, medieval atmosphere of Siena

Siena is a city that needs no introduction. Widely considered one of the most beautiful destinations in Italy, and with a historic center designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Siena is a must-see on most travelers’ itinerary to Italy. While its origins date back to Roman times, today it still showcases remarkable architecture shaped during the height of its medieval splendor.

There’s no better place to start your two-hour private tour than in Piazza del Campo, the symbol and medieval heart of Siena. Soak in the riveting atmosphere in one of the most stunning squares in Italy, which was once the location of the ancient Roman Forum. Built in the 13th-century, this unique sloping piazz...

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Siena is a city that needs no introduction. Widely considered one of the most beautiful destinations in Italy, and with a historic center designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Siena is a must-see on most travelers’ itinerary to Italy. While its origins date back to Roman times, today it still showcases remarkable architecture shaped during the height of its medieval splendor.

There’s no better place to start your two-hour private tour than in Piazza del Campo, the symbol and medieval heart of Siena. Soak in the riveting atmosphere in one of the most stunning squares in Italy, which was once the location of the ancient Roman Forum. Built in the 13th-century, this unique sloping piazza bears the resemblance to a shell. Piazza del Campo is home to some of the city’s most important landmarks, including the imposing Palazzo Pubblico, which today, still serves as the town hall, and its soaring bell-tower, Torre del Mangia. Here, you’ll learn the stories of the central role of the piazza, and the famous Palio, the historical biannual bareback horse race held annually.

Leaving Piazza del Campo, enjoy a relaxing stroll along cobblestoned streets as you head to the Cathedral of Siena, a remarkable example of Romanesque-Gothic architecture. As your guide unveils the details of its splendid facade of predominantly black and white stripes, you’ll learn of the tragic Black Death epidemic in 1348 that halted the further expansion of the Cathedral. It’s worth stepping inside to see a treasure trove of artwork by prominent artists, including Michelangelo and Bernini. And if you’re lucky, you might even be able to admire its spectacular inlaid marble mosaic floor that is uncovered for a few months each year. Next, you’ll walk around to the nearby Gothic style Battistero of San Giovanni. Featuring an unfinished facade, it houses the monumental baptismal font along with other notable works.

As your journey through the medieval period comes to an end, your final stop is at the enormous Basilica of San Domenico, with a simpler design compared to the Cathedral. It is also known as Basilica Cateriana, after St. Catherine of Siena, and some of the highlights here include the portrait of St. Catherine in the Chapel of the Vaults and the relics of her head and right thumb in the Chapel of Catherine. Near the Basilica is a panoramic spot boasting an exceptional view of the historic city and the Cathedral - the perfect place to end your tour.

  • Sites Visited
  • Piazza del Campo
  • Palazzo Comunale
  • Cathedral of Siena
  • Basilica of San Domenico
  • Battistero of San Giovanni
  • Tour Includes
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Expertly guided walking tour
Price varies by group size