Siena: City Walking Tour
Discover the treasures of one of the most beautiful cities in the world with a local guide and immerse yourself in its art, culture and traditions. With a small group you will explore the best that Siena has to offer, by walking through the ancient streets of the city.
If you select the option with the Duomo included, you will also visit its interior.
The Tour will start in the heart of the city, Piazza del Campo, the Sienese political nerve centre, where you will learn about the history of the majestic Palazzo Pubblico, today the city hall and seat of the Civic Museum. In this square you will discover the tradition of the Palio, the horse race that takes place twice a year since the Middle Ages. Here you will also admire Fonte Gaia (fountain) and discover the history of the mysterious “bottini”, an underground medieval aqueduct excavated in the sandstone. You will hear funny anecdotes about the spasmodic search of the Sienese of the much-sought river called “Diana”.
Afterwards you will walk the ancient street Banchi di Sopra, a small part of the ancient Via Francigena, the pilgrim’s road that starts in North Europe and finishes in Rome. Along this street the guide will tell you about important Sienese families and will show you their palaces: Palazzo Tolomei, one of the oldest private buildings of the city and Palazzo Salimbeni, seat of the oldest public bank of Europe.
The tour will continue towards the Basilica of San Domenico which houses the relics of Saint Catherine of Siena, then you will discover the Sanctuary of St. Catherine, where she used to live with her family.
Afterwards you will pass by the Baptistery and the stunning Siena Cathedral.