Historic Buildings Tour of Siena, 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.
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Historic Buildings Tour of Siena Map

Guide Name: Historic Buildings Tour of Siena
Guide Location: Italy » Siena (See other walking tours in Siena)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 km
Author: irenebo
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Fortezza Medicea

1) 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
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Palazzo Salimbeni

2) 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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Palazzo Tolomei

3) Palazzo Tolomei

The Palazzo Tolomei is one of the oldest private palaces in Siena. It was carefully restored in 1971 and is one of the most beautiful among the grand residences of the city.

The Palazzo Tolemei was commissioned in the year 1208 for Jacopo di Rinaldo Tolomei. The Tolomeis were a wealthy banking family who traced their origins to Egypt. They were descendants of the kings of Egypt and came to Italy with Charlemagne. They received patronage from many churches in the city including the nearby...   view more
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Loggia della Mercanzia

4) Loggia della Mercanzia

The Loggia della Mercanzia is a medieval gothic building located behind the Piazza del Campo in Siena. It served as an early trading venue in the city.

The Loggia della Mercanzia, also called the Loggia di San Paolo or Loggia dei Nobili, was a lodge for the merchants of the city. It was designed by Sano di Matteo and built between 1417 and 1444. It served as a medieval version of the modern chamber of commerce. The well preserved building has a style that combines Sienese Gothic and...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Palazzo Pubblico

5) 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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Palazzo Chigi Saracini

6) Palazzo Chigi Saracini (must see)

The medieval Palazzo Chigi Saracini built in the 14th century contains the eclectic art collection of Count Galgano Lucarini Saracini. It houses the prestigious Academia Musicale Chigiana founded by Fabio Chigi Lucarini Saracini who inherited the Palazzo in the early 20th century.

The Palazzo Chigi Saracini was built in the middle of the 12th century. At one time it belonged to the wealthy and influential Marescotti family. In 1506 it was purchased by Piccolomini-Mandoli who renovated its...   view more
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Battistero di San Giovanni

7) 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
Sight description based on wikipedia

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.
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

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.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 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
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