Siena experiences

What to do in Siena, from walking tours and wine tastings to cooking classes and vineyard excursions

A trip is not made of sightseeing alone. The best vacation memories come from what you did, not what you saw.

Siena guided toursTake a walking tour of Siena - See the sights of Siena with an art historian, anthropolgist, or other professional guide... » more
Siena passeggiataJoin the evening passeggiata - Stroll with the locals during Siena's popular evening passeggiata, which starts around 4:30pm. It concentrates on Via di Città and the southern arm of Via Banchi di Sopra, but I recommend... » more
Sienese cooking lessonsTake a cooking class - Learn to make an entire Sienese meal, from antipasti to handmade pasta to dessert... » more
The Siena Enoteca Italiana PermanenteSample vino in the "Wine Museum" - Siena's massive 16th century Medici fortress was once a symbol of Florence's dominance. Now its brick vaults host the Enoteca Italiana Permanente, a national wine museum where you can taste the exhibits... » more
Touring Tuscan vineyardsVisit nearby Tuscan vineyards - From the hills of Chianti to the mighty Brunello vineyards of Montalcino to the cellars of Montepucliano with their Vino Nobile... » more
Shopping SienaShop Siena - From ceramics to wines, hand-woven textiles to handmade torrone sweets... » more
Hiking in TuscanyHike the Chianti hills - Take a day to hike parts of the Via Francigena, the ancient pilgrimage route through Italy... » more
The Palio horse raceAttend the Palio horse race - The Palio is one of Europe's most famous medieval contests and festivals, a bareback breakneck horse race around the central Piazza del Campo... » more
San Gimignano, a great day trip from SienaDay trip to nearby hilltowns - Within an hour's drive of Siena you can visit San Gimigano, the "Medeival manhattan" of stoney towers; Montepulciano, the archetypal hilltown surrounded by Vino Nobile vineyards; Volterra with its Etruscan heritage; Pienza famous for its cheeses; and the Chianti hills coverd in vineyards and castles... » more

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Siena tourist information office
Piazza del Campo 56
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How long does Siena take?

Planning your time in Siena: Though you can see a few of its greatest hits in just half a day, Siena really deserves at least one good, full day.

In fact, Siena's riches of sights really make it hard to do in a single day, so you're better off spending the night here—that way, you can squeeze in some sightseeing on the first afternoon, and some more on the second morning.

Couple that fact with Siena's central location in Tuscany, and it makes a lot of sense for Siena to be one of the overnight stops on your tour of Tuscan hilltowns.

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