Understand the cultural and historical events that shaped the magnificent city of Siena in this half-day, private walking tour.
Ideal as an introduction to the splendors of Siena, this half-day private walking tour is perfect for those who want a basic understanding of the culture and historical events that shaped this magnificent city. Siena is so lovely and well preserved that UNESCO has declared its medieval city-center a World Heritage Site. The tour begins in front of the Basilica of San Domenico, where you will learn about Saint Catherine of Siena's mystic life (as well as see holy relics consisting of the Saint's head and thumb); from here you will explore many picturesque corners of the historic center.
Marvel at the spectacular zebra-striped Gothic cathedral and baptistery, both of which beautifully symbolize the devout religious nature of the Sienese. Inside the Duomo you can find some of the city's most cherished artworks: statues by masters like Donatello, Michelangelo and Gianlorenzo Bernini, and colorful scenes from the life of a Renaissance pope frescoed on the walls of the Piccolomini Library.
Next comes the city's secular heart, Piazza del Campo, where the thrilling horserace known as the Paliois run twice each summer. An understanding of Siena's 17 contrade (city wards dating back to medieval times) helps you to appreciate the pride and rivalry of each group during the Palio.
Looming over Piazza del Campo is Palazzo Pubblico (City Hall), a crenellated, Gothic building that represents the independence and economic might of the Sienese oligarchy. The knowledge you gain from this tour will follow you as you explore the rest of the city.
Please note that entrance tickets are NOT included in the total price and must be paid in cash on site.
Sites Included: San Domenico, Palazzo Pubblico, Piazza del Campo, Duomo
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