The Best of Siena Tour

Enjoy a guided private tour visit to Siena, a splendid, history-rich Tuscan hilltop town.

Enjoy seeing the Best of Siena with our Best Siena Tour

Highlights of the private Best of Siena Tour include:

  • Be immersed in the history this most charming hilltop town, visiting some of its most picturesque places, including the unforgettable Piazza del Campo
  • Hear about the fascinating lives of the powerful families that lived within the gothic, renaissance and mannerist-style palaces
  • From the fable of the Sienese wolf to the murderous tale of Pia de’ Tolomei, hear amazing stories behind this charming must-see town
  • Hear the fascinating stories behind the life of Saint Catherine, see where she lived, gaze upon the paintings depicting important scenes from her life, and even spy her relics
  • Find out about the Palio, the famous horse race with an intriguing history as you see where the horses are held and hear about the tensions, tricks and thrills peppering its colourful history
  • Hear the dramatic and at times humorous stories of the rivalry between Siena and Florence
  • Learn about the local foods, from sweet treats to delicious meats, as your guide points out some lovely places to dine

Tour Details

The finer tour details:

Meeting point: in front of the  San Domenico Church, Siena (just by the parking lot in front of the church)

Includes: expert private guide

Excludes: entries to the Duomo. On some days of the year it is free but at times, there is a €5 entrance fee and you can pay this directly onsite. When pavement is uncovered (from about mid-August to late October) , entry fee is from €8.

Length: 3 hours

Weather: runs rain or shine

Dress code: knees, backs and shoulders must be covered for entry into churches

Meeting Point

In front or the San Donato Church, Siena


Knees and shoulders must be covered to enter the churches! Travelling in hot weather? Don’t worry, you can drape a shawl over your shoulders.

If you enjoyed your tour and would like to give your guide a token of appreciation, tips are happily accepted. When asked, the office staff recommends whatever amount you feel comfortable with giving.

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1 review for The Best of Siena Tour

  1. Enid and Bryan Forman

    What a pleasant drive from Florence, in what seemed like such a short time, thanks to our driver/guide who picked us up at the door of our apartment and returned us there after spending the best part of our day learning and enjoying ourselves at the same time, contented, tummies full and heads brimming with our experiences and the vistas which surpassed any expectations. My husband and I have visited San Gimignano on another Tuscan holiday BUT our guide on this day trip “made” the experience: Ben gave us the feeling of travelling with a friend who has the inside story AND connections. We came away with a sense of what it would be like to live in this charming hilltop town, now or hundreds of years ago: Ben’s stories brought the town alive. Our winery tour, complete with a delicious lunch accompanied with wine tasting, was the highlight of an already unforgettable getaway. It is no exaggeration to say this tour was the highlight of an entire month spent in Tuscany. This was our fourth month-long holiday in Tuscany and, after our first selection of tours, we have made a point of including three or four ArtViva tours or experiences in each of our Italian escapes. Unreservedly recommend ArtViva and their guides: we tell any friends we know will be visiting Italy about their five-star customer focus and have even recommended their tours to total strangers we struck up conversation with while dining out. This trip, after one such referral, we found ourselves dining for the second time in the same restaurant as a couple we’d met earlier in the week at another eatery: they were effusive in their comments about how much they enjoyed their tour, indicating that they were now trying to sign up for another ArtViva activity!

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