Private Siena Walking Tour

Explore this charming Tuscan city with an engaging local guide to see the Duomo, San Domenico & more

Travel Flexibly 5 / 5 See All 11 Reviews · 3.00h · Florence, Italy

Want to see the highlights and hidden gems of Siena? Our passionate local guides know this city better than anyone, and with a perfectly planned itinerary and skip-the-line Duomo tickets, you’ll discover the best of this historic Tuscan city in just a few hours. Stroll through Piazza del Campo, see Saint Catherine's remains in San Domenico, and learn where to find the ultimate Siena pastry! With your guide’s in-depth local knowledge at your fingertips, there’s no better introduction to Siena.

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  • Private guided tour of Siena
  • Basilica di San Domenico
  • Relics of St. Catherine
  • Discover the famous Sienese pastries
  • Skip the line at Siena Duomo
  • Explore the "Contrade"
  • Piazza del Campo
  • Learn about the Palio Horse Race
  • Palazzo Pubblico
  • Torre del Mangia
  • The She-Wolf of Siena

One of the best-preserved medieval cities in Italy and once capital of a powerful republic, Siena is well-deserved of its UNESCO World Heritage Site status. You'll meet your local guide in front of the Basilica di San Domenico, where your private Siena walking tour begins. Step inside the Gothic church to see St. Catherine's remains, then skip the line to explore the stunning Siena Duomo.

Your guide will tell of the city's fascinating history as you explore famous landmarks like Piazza del Campo, and hidden gems including a historic pastry shop where you can try some of Siena's most popular delicacies. Best of all, as a private tour you'll move at a pace that suits you, and your guide can tailor to itinerary to suit your interests.By the end, you'll feel like a Sienese local!

Private Siena Walking Tour Description

Your 3-hour city tour includes:

  • Private walking tour of Siena's highlights and hidden gems

  • Skip-the-line Duomo tickets

  • See St. Catherine's remains, discover Sienese pastries, and more!

  • Your own friendly, English-speaking local guide

Basilica di San Domenico & St. Catherine's Remains

Your local guide will be waiting for you outside the Basilica di San Domenico, a gorgeous red brick Gothic church that sits in Piazza San Domenico. Before starting your walk down the medieval cobblestone streets of the city, you'll head inside to see the jaw-dropping remains of Saint Catherine of Siena.

Born to a family of 25 children, Catherine was known for her religious visions and became known as the Doctor of Unity for her role in helping return the Papacy to Rome. As a unique (and slightly disturbing) tribute, the mummified head of St. Catherine sits on display in the basilica.

Siena Walking Tour

After the basilica, your guide will lead you through the pretty cobblestone streets of historic Siena, taking in all the highlights plus many spots that most tourists miss.

Once capital of the powerful Republic of Siena which lasted over 400 years, the region was absorbed into its neighbor and rival, the Republic of Florence, during the 16th century. Beautifully-preserved monuments and architecture from that era still characterize this city, including what is thought to be the oldest back in the world!

Elsewhere, visit the red-brick Palazzo Pubblico (town hall), the She-Wolf of Siena statue, and the iconic Torre del Mangia clock tower.

Famous Pastries of Siena

Along your journey, you'll stop to learn about some traditional Sienese delicacies at one of Siena’s historic pastry shops. Taste some, like panforte and ricciarelli. Sweet and creamy, these almond cookies are dusted with sugar icing and available in shops throughout Siena, and this is a great chance to buy some unique foodie gifts to take home.

Skip-the-Line Siena Duomo Tour

Completed between 1215 and 1263, this medieval cathedral is unquestionably one of Italy's finest Gothic churches, and its understandable Siena's most visited attraction. However busy, you won;t have to worry about waiting in line as you guide leads you straight in to start exploring. Siena's cathedral is equally stunning inside and out, and features the work of Italy's finest artists of the day including Nicola and Giovanni Pisano, Donatello, Pinturicchio, Lorenzo Ghiberti, and Bernini.

Piazza del Campo

Home to the famous Palio di Siena horse race, the Piazza del Campo is the main public square in Siena. Twice a year, ten riders circle the square, riding bareback and dressed in the appropriate colors of the contrada (ancient district) they represent. Each year, a representative from 10 out of 17 contrade is selected for the famous horse race.

Your guide will explain the history and meaning of this one-of-a-kind sporting event as you take in the sights of the piazza.

Tap Into a Wealth of Local Knowledge

Tuscany is a region famed for food and wine, so take advantage! Your private tour guide will talk you through the culinary specialties of Siena, and they can also tell you all the best spots for a delicious lunch of dinner. And since Montalcino and Chianti are right around the corner, Siena is perhaps the best place to find almost every style of Tuscan wine produced.

After your guide waves goodbye, indulge in wonderful local cuisine at one of the city's excellent restaurants, cafes, and wine bars.

What you get with this tour
Private walking tour of Siena's highlights and hidden gems
Skip-the-line Duomo tickets
See St. Catherine's remains, discover Sienese pastries, and more!
Your own friendly, English-speaking local guide
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Huge shout out to Gaetano at The Tour Guy and our tour guide Fede
23 January 2024
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Carla Wise

We booked 8 tours with The Tour Guy over our 2 week vacation to Italy and Spain. All of them were great but one stood out. For our private walking tour of Siena, we were at our meeting point and our tour guide never showed up. I called the Tour Guy and spoke with Gaetano. He was so helpful, responsive, and efficient. Turns out our guide had a medical emergency but they were sending out a new tour guide to take her place. Our new guide Fede was fabulous! We were so appreciative that she jumped in at the last minute to help and our tour with her was extremely enjoyable. Thank you, Gaetano and Fede!!

Excellent
19 December 2023
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Reviewed by
Karl Welsh

The unexpected tour of the Contrade, Civetta was especially interesting. The tour guide’s personal connection to Siena added to our experience and made the walk through “her” city more enjoyable.

01 June 2023
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Reviewed by
Ann Cardetti

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to bring?

Since you'll be walking around for the duration of the tour, please wear comfortable shoes. Also remember to bring sunscreen if you are coming in the summertime. A little cash is a good idea too, in case you want to buy anything from the bakery.

Do we get to go inside the Duomo?

Yes, this tour includes skip-the-line tickets to the Siena Cathedral.

What if I don't see any availability?

If you're trying to make a booking up to 2 weeks in advance the website will show no availability. Feel free to contact us and we will do our best to accommodate you. If your party is larger than 7 participants, please contact us.

What to bring?

Since you'll be walking around for the duration of the tour, please wear comfortable shoes. Also remember to bring sunscreen if you are coming in the summertime. A little cash is a good idea too, in case you want to buy anything from the bakery.

What if I'm concerned about my mobility?

This private tour is your best bet if you have concerns about your mobility. Our private tours offer more flexibility in terms of pace and special accommodations. Just get in touch before your tour if there's something we should know.

I'd like to go on this tour at a different time. What should I do?

If you need this tour to start at a different time, just reach out and let us know. We'll do our best to accommodate you.

Are Sienese pastries included in the tour price?

Food is not included in the tour price. We suggest bringing a little cash with you so you can treat yourself to some delicious local specialties though.

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