Sightseeing Tour of Siena, 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.
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Sightseeing Tour of Siena Map

Guide Name: Sightseeing Tour of Siena
Guide Location: Italy » Siena (See other walking tours in Siena)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 12
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Author: irenebo
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Porta Camollia

1) Porta Camollia

The Porta Camollia is one of the earliest gateways constructed along the walls that guarded the city of Siena. It forms part of the territory of the Sovereign Contrada dell'Istrice, one of the seventeen districts in the city.

The Porta Camollia dates back to the 7th century. According to legend, Romulus, one of the founders of Rome, sent his commander, Camulio to the north of Italy to capture his rebellious nephews, Aschio and Senio. Camulio and his men camped at the site where the gate...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Chiesa di San Pietro alla Magione

2) Chiesa di San Pietro alla Magione

The Chiesa di San Pietro alla Magione or the Church of Saint Peter of the Mansion is a medieval structure that dates back to the crusades. It is an important church located in the territory of the Contrada dell'Istrice, one of the 17 districts of Siena. There are records to show that the Chiesa di San Pietro alla Magione existed from the year 998. The Counts Bernard and Gualfredi Ranieri gifted the land to the city to build a church and lay vineyards in that year. Since it was located near...   view more
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Chiesa di Sant'Andrea

3) Chiesa di Sant'Andrea

The construction of Chiesa di Sant'Andrea ended in 1262. In the 18th century there was a total reconstruction of the medieval elements of the facade, including the arches, tower and courtyard. Inside the church you will find the frescoes of Martino di Bartolomeo and Astolfo...   view more
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Fonte Branda

4) 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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Via di Città

5) 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
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Piazza del Campo

6) 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
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Fonte Gaia

7) 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
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Torre del Mangia

8) 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
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Piazza del Mercato

9) Piazza del Mercato

Piazza del Mercato is a Market Square located behind the Palazzo Publico and can be mentioned as a flea market operating on the local level. It is held on Wednesday mornings. Here you can find...   view more
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Logge del Papa

10) Logge del Papa

The Logge del Papa or Pope’s Lodge was built in 1462 and has undergone several restorations since. The Logge was designed by architect Antonio Federighi, who was commissioned to the project by Pope Pius II. The Pope himself was born and studied in Siena. He came from an old noble family of the city, the Piccolominis. His secular name, prior to becoming the Pope, was Enea Silvio Piccolomini. For several years he served as the Bishop of Siena. Whilst already the Pope, he remained greatly...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Chiesa di San Vigilio

11) Chiesa di San Vigilio

The Church of San Vigilio is a sacred building dedicated to the bishop and martyr San Vigilio. The interior has magnificent wooden ceilings with works by Raffaello Vanni. The church is also known for its rich sculptural decoration, a prime example of which is the large bronze crucifix by Ferdinando...   view more
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Porta Ovile

12) Porta Ovile

The original Porta Ovile dates back to 1230, but the gates were rebuilt and enlarged several times over the years. It is a more modern structure that appears today rather than the gate erected in the fourteenth century. It is built entirely of brick, with a massive rampart for...   view more

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
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
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
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