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Siena: Palazzo Pubblico Entry Ticket

1. Siena: Palazzo Pubblico Entry Ticket

Enter the Palazzo Pubblico of Siena and visit the Civic Museum with this entry ticket. Located inside the Palazzo Pubblico, the Civic Museum is a 13th-century building home to impressive wall-to-wall fresco paintings. Explore the museum to learn about the history of Siena and see precious artifacts. Exchange your voucher for an entry ticket at the ticket office and begin your visit in the Sala del Risorgimento. This room hosts fresco paintings that depict the life of Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of Italy. Walkthrough the Sala di Balìa and see wall paintings from the 15th-century by Spinello Aretino and Martino di Bartolomeo. Also, see the Sala dei Cardinali where precious carved coffers keep reliquaries. Move forward to the Sala del Concistoro, famous for its Beccafumi vault, and see Taddeo di Bartolo's 15th-century Cappella. Continue on to the Sala del Mappamondo, the widest room of the Palazzo Pubblico and used as the meeting place of the General Council. See the famous Maestà, a Gothic masterpiece painted by Simone Martini. The museum entry ticket also includes a visit to the 14th-century gallery, Loggia dei Nove, which offers a beautiful view of the landscape behind Palazzo Pubblico.

Historic Siena: Guided Walking Tour

2. Historic Siena: Guided Walking Tour

See the highlights of Siena on a walking tour as your guide tells you about the development of the city over the centuries and you enjoy the spectacular scenery and monuments. As you visit Siena’s major attractions such as the central Piazza del Campo, the Palazzo Comunale, the Cathedral, and the majestic Basilica of San Domenico you’ll learn about each of these sights in depth from your guide. You’ll also hear about the noble families that were instrumental in the history of the city, including the Piccolomini, Tolomei, and Salimbeni, and see their palazzos. You’ll learn about the great tradition of the palio and hear stories of pilgrimage and saintliness that distinguish Siena. You can decide to finish the tour with a visit to Cathedral where numerous artistic treasures are preserved. Entrance to the Cathedral is available at an additional cost. You’ll see works by artists such as Pisano, Duccio di Buoninsegna, Donatello, Pinturicchio, and Gianlorenzo Bernini. During the summer you can also see the marvelous marble floor, which is a unique work in the history of art.

Siena Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

3. Siena Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

Explore the top sights in Siena with an interactive smartphone tour. Stroll through the city solving location-based riddles on this walking tour. See the rose window and elaborate façade of Siena Cathedral and view the facinating architecture in Piazza del Duomo. Solve puzzles outside of ten Siena attractions. Follow clues at each attraction to find your next destination. Enjoy the challenge of using logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to complete the game. Feel the satisfaction of solving each riddle. Have the freedom to pause or resume the tour whenever you want. Admire the city at your own pace. Uncover interesting information and facts about the city. Snap as many pictures as you want. You can start the activity any time, the schedule is indicative. You will visit: Duomo di Siena - starting point Baptistery of St John Palazzo Piccolomini Loggia del Papa Tower of Mangia Pubblico Palace Pinacoteca Nazionale di Siena Santa Maria della Scala Facciatone Piazza del Campo - ending point and more

Siena: Civic Museum Private Tour

4. Siena: Civic Museum Private Tour

With this 1.5-hour guided tour of the Civic Museum you will discover one of the major Italy museums. Inside Palazzo Pubblico an expert guide will explain you the frescoes, created by some of the most important 14th-century artists, such as Simone Martini, Duccio di Buoninsegna and Ambrogio Lorenzetti. Within the exhibitions, you will see artistic works from the 14th up to the 19th century, offering you a complete overview of the evolution of Sienese art. Your guide will lead you to discover the heart of Sienese Art — the Civic Museum inside the Sienese town hall. Once inside the Civic Museum you will be introduced to the beautiful 19th-century frescoes in the first room of the museum, dedicated to Italy’s Risorgimento (unification), and you'll discover the medieval World Map Room, with the masterpieces of Simone Martini, la Maestà, and il Guidoriccio da Fogliano. Finishing your visit in the Peace Room, where you'll find the famous depiction of Siena, and the Allegory of Good and Bad Government, by Ambrogio Lorenzetti, one of the first examples of civil art. The subject of the painting is not religious, but rather represents Utopia in Siena and explains the difference between the good and the bad government.

Siena: Food and Culture Guided Walking Tour

5. Siena: Food and Culture Guided Walking Tour

Take a guided walk through Siena's history and food culture with a guide on this walking tour. Discover the medieval historic center and try some local specialties. Your experience begins at the main entrance of the Church of San Domenico. This is an important place for Siena and its people because it holds the relics of Saint Catherine, the Patron Saint of Italy. Walk through the medieval historic center and admire the charming architecture. Learn about the history of Siena from your guide along the way. Let the narrow alleys of the city lead you to the Piazza del Campo. Marvel at this shell-shaped square which is home to the majestic Palazzo Pubblico. Taste some "ricciarelli," a sweet local specialty, at your first food stop. Continue on to your next tasting at a local wine bar and try an Italian panino stuffed with your favorite ingredients and paired with a glass of wine. Afterward, admire the Gothic cathedral and the medieval pilgrims' hospital, which has attracted many pilgrims to Siena throughout the centuries. End your tour with some gelato at a local ice cream shop.

From Florence: Tuscany Day Trip with a Private Chauffeur

6. From Florence: Tuscany Day Trip with a Private Chauffeur

Spend a day exploring the Tuscan countryside on a chauffeur-driven tour. Immerse yourself in Tuscan culture as you visit Siena's main attractions, explore an ancient hilltop town and discover one of Italy's most beloved wine regions. Your day begins with a hotel pickup to take you to the first stop on your sightseeing excursion, Siena. This historical city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and famous for its Palio, the bareback horse race that takes around its main piazza. Visit the three must-see attractions in Siena, the Piazza del Campo, Palazzo Pubblico, and the iconic Cathedral, one of the few examples of Italian Gothic architecture. Head back to your car and continue your tour of Tuscany with a drive to the walled hilltop town of San Gimignano. Dubbed the Town of Fine Towers, San is renowned for preserving more than a dozen medieval towers. Wander through this ancient city, explore the alleys and see the Piazza del Duomo and the seven towers that surround this town square. End your day of sightseeing with a visit to the Chianti wine region. Marvel at the unforgettable landscapes with its rolling hills, vineyards, and olive groves.

Florence: Pisa, Siena and San Gimignano Small Group Day Trip

7. Florence: Pisa, Siena and San Gimignano Small Group Day Trip

Visit three of the most famous and fascinating towns in Tuscany. Enjoy the comfort of a small group tour and learn from your expert English-speaking tour leader. First, discover the nearby town of Siena. Its historical center is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at Piazza del Campo and the majestic Siena Cathedral. After a short drive through the enchanting countryside, stop in a small, family-owned winery. Enjoy an exquisite lunch of Tuscan appetizers, pasta, and desserts paired with local wines. Next, explore San Gimignano, also known as the town of towers. Discover the fourteen medieval skyscrapers which still remain perfectly preserved. Enjoy the last stop of the day in Pisa. Visit the Square of Miracles, where you can find the iconic Leaning Tower. Spend some time snapping pictures of the famous Italian symbol. After your full-day visiting three of Tuscany’s highlights, return to Florence.

San Gimignano 2-Hour Private Guided Tour from Siena

8. San Gimignano 2-Hour Private Guided Tour from Siena

San Gimignano is an authentic gem amongst the small towns and villages in the Tuscan countryside. It's quite unique, due to its beautiful medieval architecture and the surprising preservation of about a dozen of its tower houses. For this and other reasons, the "Historic Centre of San Gimignano" has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The well-preserved buildings include notable examples of both Romanesque and Gothic architecture, with outstanding examples of secular buildings as well as churches. During this guided tour you'll see the most beautiful and important sites oft the village, such as Palazzo Comunale, the Collegiate Church and Church of Sant' Agostino. You'll walk through the typical small streets of the village and see the pictoresque Piazza della Cisterna, Palazzo Pubblico and Torre Grossa. Guests are advised to bring their cameras along!

Siena: Guided Tour of Contrada Museum with Aperitif

9. Siena: Guided Tour of Contrada Museum with Aperitif

You can enjoy an unique experience with a Sienese guide and appreciate details about the ancient and historic tradition. Palio di Siena is a real passion felt all year ‘round by any Contrada that preserves history and documents in its private museum where you can admire the original costumes from original mounts to flags and works of sacred art, from ancient canvases and hand-painted banners to Masgalani engraved by famous Sienese artists. A unique heritage that you will have the opportunity to visit with expert guide At the end, enjoy an aperitif in Piazza del Campo, overlooking Torre del Mangia and the majestic square.

From Livorno: Siena and Chianti Day Trip with Wine Tasting

10. From Livorno: Siena and Chianti Day Trip with Wine Tasting

Immerse in a day of exploring rolling hills, medieval art, grapevines, and Tuscan flavors. Visit the main square and Gothic cathedral in Siena. Explore the breathtaking landscapes of Chianti. Visit a winery and have a tasting of different wines. Start your private day tour from the port of Livorno. Discover Siena's artistic and cultural heritage. Learn about the annual Palio horse race held there that attracts huge crowds. This medieval city is also home to architectural masterpieces including the Palazzo Pubblico, located in Piazza del Campo, with its Torre del Mangia. Explore the stunning Siena Cathedral, one of the few remaining examples of Italian Gothic architecture. Then, travel through the stunning hills of Chianti, a region famous for its scenery and vineyards. Arrive at a local winery to taste some Chianti and learn about how their grapes are produced. After a guided tour, indulge in a rich sampling of wines and delicious local produce, followed by the opportunity to purchase these local products. After a full day in Tuscany, be taken back to the port by your driver, in time to board your ship.

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What people are saying about Palazzo Pubblico

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 4,250 reviews

The experience was amazing! We took the semi-independent tour option and all of us really enjoyed this tour, loving all the three Tuscan towns we visited. It was well managed by our excellent guides and the bus we travelled in was clean and comfortable. The tour started by visiting Montereggioni, followed by lunch at Siena, afterwards heading to the winery, and ended at San Gimignano (with some excellent gelato at one of the most renowned gelaterias here). The wine tasting experience (which also let us taste some excellent truffle oil and balsamic vinegar) was also really good at the Chianti winery. I would definitely recommend this tour to everyone who wants a glimpse of Tuscany in a day.

Our guide, an art history major, provided a fun, instructive afternoon. She explained the history of Sienna on our walk while sharing details about the culture and architecture along the way. We enjoyed the Duomo so much more with the extra details she provided. Such a great day and excellent value. Thanks!!

Enjoyed a nice day traveling around. A very big group, but super guides and perfect amount of time in the different locations. Mostly met expectations. The wine tasting was not very interesting, but ok

We did the day trip to Monteriggioni, Siena, San Gimignano & a winery with Renata and Luca. It was super and we’d highly recommend to anyone visiting Tuscany!

Erika was knowledgeable and friendly keeping everyone in the group involved and engaged.