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Siena Historic City Walking Tour with Cathedral Option
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icon1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 3 more

Overview

See the top sights in Siena without the hassle of a guidebook or map with this small-group walking tour through the medieval old town. Join your guide for a stroll along picturesque historic lanes to take in landmarks like the Piazza del Campo, Basilica of San Domenico, and Sanctuary of St. Catherine of Siena. Opt to add on a visit to the city’s magnificent Cathedral, rich in artworks by Renaissance masters.
  • Visit Siena with a guide to delve into the city’s history and architecture
  • Learn about the famed Palio horse race and the traditions surrounding it
  • Take in the most important attractions in the city in under two hours
  • Cathedral add-on to marvel at works by Michelangelo, Donatello, and Bernini
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Engaging Monolingual local guide
Select the option of 2 hours to visit also the Cathedral (ticket NOT included)
Visit the historic centre of Siena
English: at 10:30am on Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat / Spanish: at 4pm on Mon, Wed, Sat
German: at 3pm on Tues, Thurs, Sat, Sun / French: at 3pm on Mon, Wed Fri
Italian: at 11am on Tues, Thurs, Sat and at 3pm on Sun
Cathedral ticket (when option selected)
Select on the Cathedral's site the ticket 1h30 after tour begin. ex Tour is at 10.30, ticket at 12pm
Basilica Cateriniana San Domenico , Piazza S. Domenico, 1, 53100 Siena SI, Italy

Meet the guide in front of the Basilica San Domenico, under the big tree

Duomo di Siena , Piazza del Duomo, 8, 53100 Siena SI, Italy

The tour will finish in front of the Cathedral or inside if you choose the tour with the Cathedral option.

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Attention: select the tour language you want according the availability. English 10.30am: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday --- Italian: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday at 11am and Sunday 3pm --- Spanish 4pm: Monday, Wednesday, Saturday --- German 3pm: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday --- French 3pm: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
  • Wear comfortable shoes and be ready for any weather conditions
  • It is mandatory to have the "Green Pass" (Covid Pass) to visit museums, including the Cathedral
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY SIENA TOURISM PROGRAMS & SERVICES
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Siena Historic City Walking Tour with Cathedral Option?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Siena Historic City Walking Tour with Cathedral Option.
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What is the social distancing policy during Siena Historic City Walking Tour with Cathedral Option?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Siena Historic City Walking Tour with Cathedral Option.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Siena Historic City Walking Tour with Cathedral Option?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Siena Historic City Walking Tour with Cathedral Option.

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  • "Very good all-round summary of Siena main areas with visit to cathedral -a must." See review

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star-3
Unfortunately cannot recommend it
Olga_D
, Jul 2022
We did the tour a few days ago and unfortunately cannot recommend it. The guide is knowledgeable, but not engaging at all. Essentially, she reads a textbook aloud, without any connection to the group. We had other guides in other cities and you could feel that they loved doing what they do. This guide in Siena clearly does not. Paying 25€ per person up front was a bad decision. Pick a Free Walking Tour if you can, as those guides are generally more motivated, given that you pay them at the end. The tour was informative, but we cannot recommend it.
star-4
Even though the tour was not the one I originally booked, the one I performed was great,
Agustina_G
, Jun 2022
The original tour I had booked was cancelled but the operator gave me the option to do another one in the afternoon. The guide, Elena, was great, she gave us a lot of information about the city. She was always open to answer questions.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Siena is a lovely city....
lassegul
, Jun 2022
Siena is a lovely city. This tour had a very informative guidance. I recommend it to others who wants to learn more about the city's culture and history.
star-1
Bad Guide
Michle_H
, Jun 2022
The guide made this tour so anoying that we didn’t really enjoy Sienna. She spoke without energy and the tour had almost no content, as of we were young children. Avoid this tour!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Worth the time!
Thomas_L
, Jun 2022
The guide in Siena was ok. The one we had in Bologna was great. She could have talked more and not included so many personal information. We overall learned a few things and it was a good experience. Have had better tour guides.
star-5
Siena's past and current life.
Marty_S
, Jun 2022
The guide was excellent She really knew her history of Siena. She related how the city brings mideaval concepts to how it's neighborhoods operate to this day. Her English was excellent. The only minor flaw was with the radio transmission. It was better to turn off the radio and just listen to her speaking voice.
star-5
Lovely Siena
Sheila_K
, Jun 2022
Hearing about the local aspect of life in Siena as well as the history. Our guide was very helpful and informative.
star-5
Best Siena Walking Tour
francho
, May 2022
This tour was fabulous. The tour guide knows all kinds of important information about Siena including history and fun facts. She also takes you on routes through the city that steer clear from the crowds. Include the Cathedral tour with the walking tour. She recommended a great place for lunch off the beaten path. Highly recommend!
star-3
Not as expected.
martin_m
, May 2022
Ann showed up late due to not being able to find parking spot, which is understandable but caused people in the group to have to leave early in order to stay on their plans. Too much time (20 min)on Palio explanation before the tour began. Did not get full time advertised.
star-5
Siena is a love a first sight
Ana_D
, May 2022
Shaklo is a knowledgeable guide and was able to present the uniqueness of Sienese life and strong sense of community in an entertaining and enjoyable way. I definitely fell in love with Siena because of her!
star-5
Guided tour the best way to go.
Matthew_K
, Apr 2022
Our gide Ludvica was absolutly awesome. She was so knowledgeable, funny and passonate about her job. My wife and I had the best time and learned so much.
star-4
Do the tour, but not through Viator
Doug
, Mar 2022
Our tour guide was energetic, interesting, and full of good information. We enjoyed the tour so much! I would highly recommend a tour of Siena because there is so much going on here that is beyond the imagination. I have traveled the world but never would have appreciated the local culture without our wonderful guide. The one irritating problem was that Aviator outsources its tours to other local companies. They are simply a middle man. On the night before we were to meet our tour guide, we received a WhatsApp message at 10:40 PM changing the location of where we were supposed to meet for the tour in the morning. We never got the message, of course. We showed up at the appointed area we had been directed to meet, but no one was there. The tour guide called us long distance to find out where we were after the tour was supposed to start. Luckily, my wife and I were the only two people on the tour and she walked halfway across town to meet us rather than call the whole tour off. The tour started 30 minutes late, but to our guide’s credit, It was not her fault that the location was changed from the print out we had received after booking the tour. I do not know what local companies offer walking towards of Siena, but I would not book through Aviator again. I will do a more homework and book through a local agency.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Discover Siena
tomascerda95
, Mar 2022
Super enthusiastic guide who, as a local, knew all the little and valuable details about Siena, with all its traditions. I really enjoyed the tour, the 2 hours flew by. I recommend it very much.
star-5
Great tour for kids!
Kimberly_T
, Feb 2022
Shaklo was terrific! She brought a lot of energy and made the tour engaging for my 5 kids. We’ll be talking about Siena for a long time to come :)
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thank you very much :) We really appreciate that you had a great experience with our guide Shaklo! We hope to see you in Siena very soon :)
star-5
Fantastic walking tour!
Giulia_Z
, Feb 2022
Ludovica was an incredible guide! She explained everything in such an enthusiastic and precise way, we were blown away by her knowledge and kindness! We will recommend this walking tour to everyone
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thank you very much! We are very happy to know that you had a great experience with our guide Ludovica! We hope to see you in Siena very soon :)
star-5
Great Overview of Siena
Karen_G
, Nov 2021
This was a very comprehensive tour in a relatively short period of time. It was great to have details about Siena that are not in guide books. The guide was very knowledgeable about a variety of subjects and was able to answer questions about different issues. My only criticism was that there was confusion about the meeting place but that was sorted out without losing any of the tour time.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thank you very much! We are very happy to know that you had a great experience with our guide! We hope to see you in Siena very soon :)
star-5
Highlights of the Walking Tour of Siena
Lorenzo_L
, Nov 2021
Excellent historical perspective including time line of key events and their link to the existing structures in the town. Clear description of artistic aspects of the contents of the Duomo.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thank you very much! We are very happy to know that you had a great experience with our guide! We hope to see you in Siena very soon :)
star-5
Informative Tour Guide
Alisha_C
, Oct 2021
Our tour guide was very friendly and extremely knowledgeable. Learning about the history of the local horse race, the ‘Palio’ was fascinating. I had no idea of the historical importance of the event and was intrigued to locate all the symbols linked to each of the 17 ‘contradas’ that were visible around the city. Having our guide accompany our group into the cathedral was also great, as we learnt so much more about the building and art work than we would have if we just visited on our own. Thank you for a very informative tour, it was the highlight of our visit to Siena!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thank you very much! We are very happy to know that you had a great experience with our guide! We hope to see you in Siena very soon :)
star-3
Not really all that
Daniel_K
, Sep 2021
Just ok. Carlotta was nice, but was very longwinded. We literally (no, really, I timed it) spent 32 minutes at the beginning standing in Piazza Campo talking about the famous horse race. Of course this is a big part of Siena's story, but it's not something to hold a group's attention for so long. This was more of a tour you could take in a classroom as we only went to one church as part of the tour and another which was extra (and we knew it was extra, which was fine). I just don't think I saw or learned much.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Fantastic tour of Siena
Erica_C
, Sep 2021
Excellent and informative tour by Anna, we thoroughly enjoyed our time learning the history, politics, religion and culture of Siena. Anna totally went above and beyond to ensure we saw the best of Siena. I can’t recommend her enough, probably my favorite tour guide in years!!

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