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Welcome to Siena

A soaring Gothic cityscape, warren of medieval cobblestone alleys, and raucous annual Palio horse race make UNESCO-listed Siena a Tuscan A-lister. Visitors can marvel at its open-air museum of a historic center—thick with architectural masterpieces like the Piazza del Campo and Duomo—and soak up the authentic vibe of the contrade neighborhoods. Set in the heart of Chianti, Siena is also a popular departure point for countryside wine tours and cooking classes, outings on horseback or Vespa scooter, hot air balloon adventures, and hill town hopping between Pienza, Montepulciano, Montalcino, and San Gimignano.

Top 10 attractions in Siena

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Piazza del Campo

Piazza del Campo

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Siena’s central Piazza del Campo is one of the most beautiful and famous squares in Tuscany. This sweeping, shell-shaped space is anchored by the magnificent Palazzo Pubblico (home to the Museo Civico) and soaring Torre del Mangia tower, and hosts the historic Palio di Siena festival each July and August.More
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Siena Cathedral (Duomo)

Siena Cathedral (Duomo)

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The Siena Cathedral (Duomo di Siena) is one Tuscany’s most beautiful churches, second perhaps only to Florence's Santa Maria del Fiore. The magnificent Gothic and Romanesque structure is hard to miss thanks to its tall spires, bold white-and-green stripes, and ornate facade. Inside, the cathedral is equally impressive with works of art by Donatello, Bernini, and Michelangelo.More
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Siena Historic Center (Siena Centro Storico)

Siena Historic Center (Siena Centro Storico)

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With its lively piazzas, Gothic monuments, and well-preserved city walls, the Siena Historic Center (Siena Centro Storico) is one of Italy’s most impressive medieval cityscapes. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995, the old town is an open-air museum of striking historical architecture, including the Piazza del Campo and the Gothic cathedral.More
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Mangia Tower (Torre del Mangia)

Mangia Tower (Torre del Mangia)

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Piercing the sky above Siena, the soaring Mangia Tower (Torre del Mangia) is a notable feature of the medieval town’s skyline. It affords views across the rooftops to the surrounding Tuscan countryside. Climb the hundreds of steps to the top, or admire this imposing bell tower in Piazza del Campo from below.More
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Palio of Siena (Palio di Siena)

Palio of Siena (Palio di Siena)

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Every year in July and August, Piazza del Campo hosts the raucous Il Palio, a historic, bareback horse race between 10 of Siena’s 17 contrade (town districts). The festivities also encompass religious services, pageants, and banquets.More
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Montalcino Fortress (Fortezza di Montalcino)

Montalcino Fortress (Fortezza di Montalcino)

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Montalcino is known as the heart of Tuscany’s Brunello di Montalcino wine production, but oenophiles shouldn’t overlook this hill town’s spectacular Fortezza di Montalcino, an imposing 14th-century fortress set above the town’s medieval center with sweeping views from its watchtowers and an atmospheric wine shop.More
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Abbey of Sant'Antimo (Abbazia di Sant'Antimo)

Abbey of Sant'Antimo (Abbazia di Sant'Antimo)

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One of Tuscany’s most beautiful sights, the Abbey of Sant'Antimo (Abbazia di Sant'Antimo) is a 12th-century Romanesque church and monastery set deep in the rolling olive groves outside the hilltown of Montalcino in the Val d'Orcia. The abbey is a popular stop during wine tours or day trips through the Tuscan countryside.More
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Basilica of San Domenico (Basilica di San Domenico)

Basilica of San Domenico (Basilica di San Domenico)

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One of the most historically important churches in Siena, the Basilica of San Domenico (Basilica di San Domenico) is famous for another saint: the city’s own Saint Catherine. It was here that Catherine took her vows in 1363 at the age of 15, and the church holds a number of her relics, including her head, thumb, and whip used for self-flagellation.More
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Siena Civic Museum (Museo Civico di Siena)

Siena Civic Museum (Museo Civico di Siena)

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The Siena Civic Museum (Museo Civico di Siena), housed in Palazzo Pubblico on Piazza del Campo, is one of the most important museums in Siena, with a large collection of frescoes, paintings, and sculptures from the Sienese school and others. The most significant is Ambrogio Lorenzetti's massive 14th-century fresco cycleThe Allegory of Good and Bad Government.More
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Fonte Gaia (Gaia Fountain)

Fonte Gaia (Gaia Fountain)

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The heart of Siena is Piazza del Campo, and the heart of this famous square is Fonte Gaia (Gaia Fountain). Dating from the 15th century, the fountain is lined with replicas of the original bas-relief panels by Jacopo della Quercia, considered a precursor to Michelangelo, and is one of the top attractions in this Tuscan town.More

Top activities in Siena

Small-Group Brunello di Montalcino Wine-Tasting Trip from Siena
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Vespa Tour Including Lunch at a Chianti Winery from Siena
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Small-Group Montepulciano and Pienza Day Trip from Siena
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From Siena: Pienza and Montepulciano Wine Tour
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Half-Day Brunello di Montalcino Wine Tour from Siena
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Tuscan Cooking Class in Siena
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Tuscan Cooking Class in Siena

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PRIVATE TOUR: Full-Day Volterra & San Gimignano with Lunch and Wine Tastings
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Discovering Siena and the Cathedral

Discovering Siena and the Cathedral

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Small-Group Chianti and San Gimignano Sunset Trip from Siena
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