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.
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.
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.
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.