We're home and richer for the experiences -- thank you so much. We had a wonderful time there in Tuscany and can't express enough how outstanding a job you did in filling our days with interesting and fun-filled activities and sightseeing. Siena, yes, indeed was incredible. We loved our guide! She was a character -- very bohemian and totally interesting. I loved that!
Private half-day walking tour with English-speaking Siena guide
Visit to beautiful sites like Piazza del Campo and Siena Cathedral
Overview of the famous Palio horse race
View beautiful art, architecture and panoramic marvels
Your private Best of Siena Walking Tour begins in Siena's famous 13th-century Piazza del Campo, the stunning main square, where the famous Palio horse race is still held twice yearly (always during the summer). During your half-day private walking tour, your fun, knowledgeable English-speaking guide will explain Siena's rich history, and point out the main attractions facing onto the Campo, including Palazzo Pubblico (the Siena Town Hall) with its majestic bell tower. You'll proceed to the Duomo (the main cathedral), one of the most impressive examples of Italian Gothic architecture, with construction beginning in 1180. At the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, you'll be expertly guided through rooms brimming with treasures of Sienese art. Alongside your guide, you'll have the chance to climb to the gable's top for a breathtaking view of Siena and the surrounding countryside. This lovely view can only be seen from this angle, so you likely won't want to pass up this breath-taking panorama of this divine hilltop Tuscan town.
The 15th-century palace and courtyard of the Chigi-Seracini family is an internationally-known musicology center. It was here that Vivaldi was rediscovered in the 1930s, and here that his works were performed publicly for the first time since his death in 1741). Listen for beautiful melodies coming from these palace walls, as students frequently practice here. Finally, your walking tour will include a brief stop to the oldest bank headquarters in the world: the Monte dei Paschi di Siena bank, founded in 1471.
On your Best of Siena Walking Tour, your knowledgeable English-speaking guide will help you find your way through Siena's dazzling maze of narrow cobblestone streets, and will share the fascinating details of Siena's colorful history. Founded as a Roman colony, by 1100 it was known to be a powerful city-state, thanks to a strong military and successful banking and textile industries. Throughout the following centuries, the Republic of Siena became an important center of Medieval and Renaissance art and scholarship, influencing artists throughout Italy and Europe alike.
Private guided exploration of Siena with friendly, English-speaking local guide specialized in art and history (approx. 3 hours).
Visits to top historic and cultural sites in Siena to view important and beautiful works of art and local architecture.
Tour of the Duomo, Piazza del Campo and/or Town Hall museums (entrance fees not included).
22% VAT taxes.
Suggestions for lunch in a local restaurant.
Our pampering care!
Transportation to the meeting point with your guide in Siena's city center is not included. We would be delighted to help you organize private transportation, so please let us know if you would like a quote for this service.