City Orientation Walk, Siena

The historic city of Siena in Italy's Tuscany, founded by ancient Etruscans, is laden with monuments. Among them are numerous medieval sculptures, some dating back as far as the 13th century, an unfinished Gothic cathedral by Niccolo Pisano and Donatello, and others. To find out more about the riches of Siena, follow this orientation walk and explore the city's top attractions.
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: Italy » Siena (See other walking tours in Siena)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 18
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km
Author: violet
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Piazza del Campo

1) Piazza del Campo (must see)

Piazza del Campo is the principal public space of Siena, and is one of Europe's greatest medieval squares. Its red-brick fan shaped paths radiate out from the facade of the Palazzo Pubblico. At the Piazza's completion, it has remained the site of the city's public events, including bullfights, executions, festivals and also the location of the Palio horse races in July and August. The open site of the public space was a marketplace established before the thirteenth century. There...   view more
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Fonte Gaia

2) Fonte Gaia (must see)

The Fonte Gaia is a monumental fountain located opposite the Palazzo Publico on the high side of Piazza del Campo in Siena. Surrounded by fences, the fountain is a protected monument in the city. The Fonte Gaia was designed by local sculptor, Jacopo della Quercia, in 1419, in keeping with the style traditional for Sienese fountains. It consisted of a rectangular basin surrounded by a high parapet on three sides. The parapet was covered with bas reliefs. The bas reliefs depicted the creation of...   view more
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Palazzo Pubblico

3) Palazzo Pubblico (must see)

The Palazzo Publico is an impressive medieval building looking over the Central Piazza del Campo in Siena. It houses the municipal government offices and museum, located on the first floor. The construction of the Palazzo began in 1297 and continued till the completion of the bell tower, the Torre del Mangia in 1344. The style is the typical Sienese Gothic medieval architecture. The purpose of the Palazzo Publico was to serve as the office of the republican government consisting of the Podesta,...   view more
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Torre del Mangia

4) Torre del Mangia (must see)

The Torre del Mangia is adjacent to the Palazzo Pubblico in Siena. When the tower was completed, it was the tallest structure in Italy. The tower was built to be exactly the same height as the Siena Cathedral as a sign that the church and the state had equal amounts of power. Literally meaning ‘Tower of the Eater’, the name refers to its first bellringer, Giovanni di Balduccio, nicknamed Mangiaguadagni (‘eat-the-profits’, or, ‘profit eater’) for his spendthrift tendency or his...   view more
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Museo Civico

5) Museo Civico (must see)

Religious and secular art are displayed in the Museo Civico located inside the Palazzo Publico or Town Hall of the city. It houses works of Sienese and other Italian artists, as well as some European masters.

The Museo Civico was established in 1930. Works by Italian and international artists are exhibited in the first few rooms. Frescoes by Sienese masters adorn the walls of the inner rooms. The open air loggia of the building has faded painted panels by Jacopo della Quercia that once formed...   view more
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Palazzo Piccolomini

6) Palazzo Piccolomini

Palazzo Piccolomini is a palace built in 1469 that was designed by Bernardo Rossellino. At present it is the home of the State archives. The construction of the massive palace was composed of three floors and was one of the town houses of members of this dynasty who grew to considerable power. This structure is similar to either Alberti's Palazzo Rucellai in Florence or Palazzo Piccolomini from Pienza also designed by...   view more
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Basilica of San Francesco

7) Basilica of San Francesco (must see)

The Basilica of San Francesco is a 13th century church that was once attached to a Franciscan convent and renaissance cloister. The convent and the cloister today house the law faculty of the University of Siena and its library. The Basilica of San Francesco was built by Francesco di Giorgio Martini between 1228 and 1255. At first the building had a Romanesque facade. It was gutted by a fire in 1655 and the original interior artwork was destroyed. The structure was expanded in the 14th and 15th...   view more
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Palazzo Salimbeni

8) Palazzo Salimbeni (must see)

The Palazzo Salimbeni is a 14th century fortress that flanks a piazza of the same name. The original structure was remodeled into neo Gothic style in 1879.

The Palazzo Salimbeni was built on the site of an earlier structure that dated back to 12th century. It was the residence of the Salimbeni family until they were driven out of the city in 1419. The city council then took over the building and sold it in 1866 to the Monte dei Paschi di Siena a major Italian bank. It now serves as the...   view more
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Fortezza Medicea

9) Fortezza Medicea (must see)

The Fortezza Medicea, or Medici Fortress, is located near the San Prospero District of Siena, next to the Stadio Artemio Franchi. It is also known as the Fort of Santa Barbara. The Medici Fortress was commissioned by Cosimo di Medici after the conquest of the city by the Florentines. It was built on the site of an earlier fort built by the king of Spain, Charles V, after the Spanish army conquered Siena in 1548. In 1552, the Sienese revolted against the Spanish and razed the fort to the ground....   view more
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Basilica of San Domenico

10) Basilica of San Domenico (must see)

The Basilica of San Domenico is a church established by the Dominican Order. The church was begun in 1226-1265, but was enlarged in the 14th century to the Gothic appearance it has now. The site was donated by the Malavolti family. It is a large edifice built, like many contemporary edifices of the mendicant orders, in bricks, with a lofty bell tower on the left, that was reduced in height after an earthquake in 1798 that had badly damaged the whole building. The present structure is the result...   view more
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Fonte Branda

11) Fonte Branda

The Fonte Branda is the oldest city fountain in Siena. It was principal source of water in the city during the middle ages. The Fonte Branda was designed by Giovanni di Stefano and built in 1246. It is mentioned as an ancient fountain even in Dante’s Inferno and the writings of Boccaccio. During the middle ages, it was surrounded by houses of craftsmen and their workshops. Later it became the site of a slaughterhouse. The area has been restored today to house workshops of craftsmen who strive...   view more
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The sanctuary of Santa Caterina

12) The sanctuary of Santa Caterina

The sanctuary of Santa Caterina is located in Sienna on the Coast of San Antonio. A portal leads to the church of the Crucified, with plant to a Latin cross, which derives its name from the "Crucifix" miraculous, from which Catherine received the stigmata, now placed within a frame on the high altar with doors decorated. The sanctuary dates from 1464 and is dedicated more to meditation and contemplation than its artistic...   view more
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Battistero di San Giovanni

13) Battistero di San Giovanni

The Battistero di San Giovanni, or St. John’s Baptistry, is a religious building located in the square with the same name, near the final spans of the choir of the city's cathedral. It was built between 1316 and 1325 by Camaino di Crescentino, a well known Sienese architect, whose son, Tino di Camaino, designed many notable buildings across Italy. The façade, in Gothic style, is unfinished in the upper part, such as the apse of the cathedral. Adorned with many valuable paintings and...   view more
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Duomo di Siena

14) Duomo di Siena (must see)

From its earliest days, The Cathedral of Siena was dedicated as a Roman Catholic Marian church, although it has since been dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta. The cathedral itself was originally designed and completed between 1215 and 1263 on the site of an earlier structure. It has the form of a Latin cross, with a slightly projecting transept, a dome and a bell tower. The dome rises from a hexagonal base with supporting columns. The lantern atop the dome was added by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The...   view more
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Museo dell'Opera del Duomo

15) Museo dell'Opera del Duomo (must see)

The Museo dell'Opera del Duomo houses the art treasures of the Cathedral of Siena. It is one of the oldest private museums in Italy.

In the year 1339, Siena was one of the wealthiest cities in Italy. At the time there were plans to extend the cathedral structure to make it one of the biggest in the world. Construction had started when the plague epidemic that swept across Europe killed almost two thirds of the population of Siena in 1348. As a result, the new nave remained unfinished....   view more
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Via di Città

16) Via di Città (must see)

The Via di Citta is one of the main streets of old Siena. Today it is a pedestrian road that is flanked by many of the well known historical buildings in the city. The Via di Citta or City Road was once called the Via Galgaria. This was because it consisted at the time of the shops of the city shoemakers. The road is laid as a slope and the highest point which is a quarter flanked by medieval structures commands spectacular views across the Siena. At one end of the street is a square called the...   view more
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Pinacoteca Nazionale

17) Pinacoteca Nazionale (must see)

The Pinacoteca Nazionale is a national museum inaugurated in 1932, housing especially late medieval and Renaissance paintings from Italian artists. The gallery has one of the largest collections of Sienese paintings with gold backgrounds from the 14th and 15th centuries. Valuable works by international painters donated by art collectors are also displayed.

Two palaces, the Brigidi and Buonsignori house the Pinacoteca Nazionale Art Gallery in Siena. The Brigidi palace is a 14th century...   view more
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Orto Botanico dell'Università

18) Orto Botanico dell'Università

The Orto Botanico dell'Università di Siena (2.5 hectares) is a botanical garden operated by the University of Siena.
The garden's history reaches back to 1588 when the university began to raise medicinal herbs.
Today the garden is located inside Siena's city walls, covering one hillside of the valley S. Agostino. Its central collection is arranged in systematic order within brick-bordered, rectangular flower beds, along with old specimens of exotic and local plants. A farm...   view more
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Walking Tours in Siena, Italy

Create Your Own Walk in Siena

Create Your Own Walk in Siena

Creating your own self-guided walk in Siena is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Museum Tour of Siena

Museum Tour of Siena

Siena is famous for its museums, which preserve a great number of cultural masterpieces. The museums of Siena showcase paintings, sculptures and frescoes that date back to ancient times. You can also get aсquainted with other objects related to the cultural and historical development of the city. If you want to feel the spirit of Siena, visit the notable museums included on this tour.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 km
Places of Worship Tour of Siena

Places of Worship Tour of Siena

Churches in Siena have both historical and cultural value, as almost every one of them is decorated with Renaissance art. Some of the masterpieces date back to the 13th century. A walking tour of Siena's places of worship is the best way to learn about the cultural and spiritual center of the city. Take this tour to visit some of Siena's most famous churches.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
Sightseeing Tour of Siena

Sightseeing Tour of Siena

Siena is a beautiful medieval city situated in the center of the Toscana region. As a city with a rich history, it has a lot of cultural and historical attractions to offer visitors. The following tour will lead you to the most famous sights of Siena.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Nightlife Tour of Siena

Nightlife Tour of Siena

Although Siena is a medieval city and seems quiet on the surface, it has a lively, vibrant night scene. From lounge bars with low-key music to clubs with packed dance floors, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Take this tour to get a taste of Siena's nightlife.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.8 km
Historic Buildings Tour of Siena

Historic Buildings Tour of Siena

Siena is the city of ancient architecture. You can observe architectural styles from different periods of history in Siena's imperious castles, palaces and other historic buildings. Be sure to visit Siena's most important historic structures that are found on this tour.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 km