All in a Day: Visiting Siena

Medieval charm abounds in this classic Tuscan city marked by spectacular monuments

Piazza del Campo in Siena

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Visiting Siena by Walking Tour

Take in the city’s landmarks—such as the Piazza del Campo, home to the imposing red Palazzo Pubblico and the Torre del Mangia—and visit one of the museums of Siena’s 17 contrade (the districts into which Siena is divided) on a walking tour led by a local guide. End the day with an ice cream-making course.

Do the Duomo

The Duomo di Siena is a must-see, if only to revel in its impressive white-and-greenish-black marble façade. But an Opa Si Pass will grant you access to the cathedral’s equally impressive interior, which houses treasures by Donatello and Michelangelo. When visiting Siena, be sure to check out the crypt, the baptistery, the Museo dell’Opera and the Piccolomini Library, too.

Day-Trip to Lucca and Pisa

This day-long excursion highlights the beauty of nearby Lucca and Pisa. First, enjoy the walled city of Lucca with a visit to Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, Guinigi Tower and St. Martin’s Cathedral. Then head to Pisa, which boasts more than just the Leaning Tower it’s known for.

High Flying

After a scenic drive to Taverne d’Arbia, help inflate your very own hot air balloon before taking off to get a bird’s-eye view of the city’s captivating architecture at sunrise. The three-hour private tour also includes a tasting of cheese, salami, bread and wine upon landing.

Culinary Delights

Popular neighborhood spot La Taverna di San Giuseppe serves up classic Tuscan fare like ricotta gnocchi in a rustic and convivial atmosphere. Hidden favorite Tea-Room Porta Giustizia, in a corner of Piazza Mercato, is perfect for pastries and people-watching.

Wine Time

As it’s in the heart of Tuscany, Siena is a prime jump-off point for exploring the region’s famous wine-producing areas, including Chianti, Montepulciano, San Gimignano and Montalcino. Or you could visit Enoteca Italiana in the Siena’s Fortezza Medicea for individual or group tastings.

AAA Travel offers a variety of trips to Italy and beyond. Call 877-396-7159 or contact a AAA Travel Counselor for details.

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Rose Stadt, AAA Travel Counselor, Vallejo, Calif.

More and more people want to customize their escorted trips with longer stays in certain cities or visits to specific sites. I make sure the independent pieces fit seamlessly with the tour.

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