Siena City Center
Original ideas for discovering the city center
A tour to explore the history and traditions of Siena amidst such notable monuments as the Palazzo Pubblico, the Cathedral, the Baptistery, and the historic headquarters of Monte dei Paschi. Visit Siena’s artisan workshops where techniques from the past are still used to create gold-ground paintings, stained glass windows, parchments, and hand-wrought iron objects and jewellery. The tour concludes in an exclusive location in Piazza del Campo accompanied by some interesting facts about the Palio and its 17 Contradas.
Barbara Latini, guide and author of the Siena Guide for Children, will take families on a fun tour to get to know the city, its history, and its traditions. As you walk through the streets of Siena, you will learn about the many curiosities of the city of the Palio. At the end of the tour, children will attend a ceramics workshop where, with the help of a ceramist, they will create their own mascot ‘Balzana’ in clay that they can take home with them.
Secrets of the Palio tour
Siena is the Palio, the traditional horse race that enlivens Piazza del Campo twice a year. This tour will take you on a journey into the innermost secrets of the race as you stroll through the hidden alleys of the city and visit a contrada (its church, museum, and the stable that houses the horse—‘the king of the race’). At the end, you will meet the Palio artist Alessandro Grazi, who will share with you his experiences as a painter of the ‘drappellone’ (banner awarded to the winner).
Urban trekking and Sienese sweets
An urban tour among the lesser-known places and monuments of the historic centre, discovering characters and stories hidden among the city streets. The itineraries are organised according to length and difficulty to suit both skilled and less experienced hikers. A tasting of a selection of typical Sienese sweets in a historic shop will conclude the tour
Smartphone photo tour
Accompanied by a professional photographer, you will discover the most famous places and hidden corners of the city to capture the magical beauty of Siena in a single shot. Using the features of your smartphone, you will learn simple principles of composition and photo editing to create lasting memories to share on social media and carry with you.
Fitness walk with sunset
An experience that is not only good for the mind and spirit, but also keeps you fit by walking at a brisk pace up and down the streets and alleyways of Siena’s historic centre. After an energy break with a view of Piazza del Campo, you’ll continue the route to the Fortezza Medicea for a stretching session at sunset.
Sex and the city
An original tour inspired by the book “Erotic Guide of Siena” written by the sienese author Massimo Biliorsi. In past time, Siena buildings and centuries-old streets have hidden passionate loves and spicy stories: with this tour we will discover places and spicy anecdotes to re-read the history and the “secret” life of Siena and its inhabitants.
Discover the origins, traditions and most significant places of Siena, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1995. Walking through its alleys, streets and squares we will admire the beautiful Gothic Cathedral, and its famous buildings such as Palazzo Salimbeni, headquarters of Monte dei Paschi bank, Palazzo Tolomei and Palazzo Chigi Saracini, seat of the famous Chigiana Music Academy.
Original ideas for discovering the surroundings
Brunello & Saffron tour
A journey into the land of Brunello, among works of art and excellent food and wine products. Visit of Montalcino and its “Tempio del Brunello” Museum: an immersive experience to discover the King of wines supported by virtual reality viewers, interactive projections and emotional contents. Possibility to taste the best wines of the territory*. Afterwards, visit to a local saffron company with tasting of products made with this pure spice.
* The tasting of the Brunello wine is not included
The villages of the Sienese countryside
San Gimignano tour
Gelato and Vernaccia tasting
The trail of the Via Francigena
Colle Val d’Elsa tour
Where crystal is born
San Quirico d’Orcia and Bagni Vignone tour
In the heart of Val d’Orcia
Pecorino cheese tasting
Walking in the woods and hills
Val d’Orcia walking tour
Crete Senesi walking tour
Chianti walking tour
Monte Amiata walking tour
Montagnola Senese walking tour
*All tour are accompanied by licensed tourist guide/environmental hiking guide