Places of Worship Tour of Siena, 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.
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Places of Worship Tour of Siena Map

Guide Name: Places of Worship Tour of Siena
Guide Location: Italy » Siena (See other walking tours in Siena)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 11
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
Author: irenebo
Basilica of San Domenico

1) 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
Sight description based on wikipedia
The sanctuary of Santa Caterina

2) 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
Duomo di Siena

3) 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
Sight description based on wikipedia
Chiesa Della Santissima Annunziata

4) Chiesa Della Santissima Annunziata

The Church of Santissima Annunziata is part of the ancient hospital of Santa Maria della Scala. It has a rectangular shape and a two-meter-high altar. The church contains some important works of art, including the apse fresco that was built in 1731 by Sebastiano...   view more

5) Sant'Agostino

The construction of Sant'Agostino Church and its associated convent began in 1258 and lasted for more than fifty years. The interior, redesigned by Luigi Vanvitelli in the 18th century, has maintained the large, high altars made of polychrome marble from the 16th-17th centuries. The stucco statues in the nave and the transept date from after the Vanvitelli renovation. The church is home to a great deal of artwork. A partial list includes: 'The Baptism of Constantine' by Francesco...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
San Giuseppe

6) San Giuseppe

The construction of the San Giuseppe Church began in 1521 and lasted until the 1650s. It was commissioned by the Contrada dell' Onda, one of the 17 districts, or contradas, of Siena. The brick facade of the church was completed in 1563, featuring two superimposed orders divided by pilasters. The dome has an octagonal shape with a lantern at the top. The interiors of the church were commissioned by the Nasini Family.

A museum, dedicated to the Contrada, is located inside the church, in...   view more
Basilica of Santa Maria dei Servi

7) Basilica of Santa Maria dei Servi (must see)

The Basilica of Santa Maria dei Servi is a parish church in Siena that is famous for the artwork in its interiors and for its musical traditions. The church is built on the site of the former Church of San Clement, which was acquired by the Servite order in the Medieval era, from which it gets its name. The original Basilica was built in the 13th century on the site of the old church, but later underwent reconstruction and transformation which continued until the 15th-16th century. It was...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
San Giorgio

8) San Giorgio

The San Giorgio Church was built in 1260 to commemorate the victory of the Sienese soldiers in the Battle of Montaperti. It is dedicated to St. George because the soldiers used the name of the saint in their war cry. The Sienese soldiers, called the Ghibellines, contributed a portion of their pay to establish and construct the church. The Gothic Romanesque tower, built by Del Dugento, is the only part of the original medieval structure that has survived till today. The present church is the...   view more
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San Cristoforo

9) San Cristoforo

The church of San Cristoforo is one of the oldest in Siena. It is a small church flanking the Piazza Tolomei in the city.

The Church of San Cristoforo was first constructed in the 12th century. It was the seat of the Great Council of the Republic of Siena called the Council of the Bell between the 12th and 13th centuries. The Council of the Bell was so called because the members were summoned for meetings by ringing a bell. It has undergone several additions and renovations since. A brick...   view more
Chiesa di Santa Maria di Provenzano

10) Chiesa di Santa Maria di Provenzano

A mysterious apparition of the Virgin Mary appeared in the house called Chiesa di Santa Maria di Provenzano and it became a church soon after. It is one of the oldest residences in Siena. The Chiesa di Santa Maria di Provenzano is a mannerist building constructed after the conquest of the city by the Medici family. It belonged to a Sienese military captain called Provenzano Salvani who played a major role in the victory of the city during the Battle of Montaperti.

St. Catherine of Siena...   view more
Basilica of San Francesco

11) 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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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.
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
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
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
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