Siena

Skip the Line: Siena Duomo and City Walking Tour

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Skip the Line Siena Duomo and City Walking Tour
  • 2 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Indulge in one of Italy's most beautiful cities, Siena, during this sightseeing tour. An expert guide gives you an insider's view of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed town. Linger for a while in Piazza del Campo, the superlative square that is home to the Palio, a wild horse race that takes place every July and August. Stroll the streets with your guide learning about the history of the place. Visit the Duomo, Siena's stunning cathedral, and stroll right in thanks to your skip-the-line ticket. 
  • Visit Siena's UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town
  • Discover top Siena attractions, such as the Basilica of San Domenico and Piazza del Campo, with your expert guide
  • Enjoy skip-the-line entrance to the Siena Duomo and admire its Gothic architecture
  • See impressive works of art by Donatello, Bernini, and Michelangelo

What's Included

  • Guided walking tour of Siena
  • Guided tour of Siena Duomo
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Piazza San Domenico
    Piazza S. Domenico, 53100 Siena SI, Italy

    Meet under the large tree in front of the San Domenico red brick church (Basilica Cateriniana)

End point

  • Piazza del Duomo
    Piazza del Duomo, 53100 Siena SI, Italy

    The tour ends inside the Duomo cathedral

What To Expect

Meet up with your local guide in central Siena. See the Basilica of San Domenico, the gorgeous Gothic church made of red brick, before setting off with your guide walking the narrow cobblestoned lanes, learning about the various 'contrade,' or neighborhoods, all of which have a distinct personality and character.

Then head over to Piazza del Campo, the seashell-shaped space that has been the public living room of locals for centuries. Admire the Fonte Gaia, Fountain of the World, built in 1419; look up at the tall campanile, attached to the 14th-century Palazzo Pubblico. 

After some time, move on from the square and head to the Siena Duomo, one of the most awe-inspiring cathedrals in Europe. Take in the black-and-white-striped facade and then breeze right inside thanks to your skip-the-line ticket. Inside, let your guide lead you around, revealing priceless works of art by Donatello, Bernini, and Michelangelo. Take in the Gothic interior of the cathedral, along with Renaissance-era busts of pope and emperors. 

When the tour is over, feel connected to Siena like never before.

Piazza san Domenico (Pass By)

Basilica Cateriniana Di S. Domenico

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Piazza Salimbeni

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Piazza del Campo

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Palazzo Chigi Saracini

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Duomo di Siena

40 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
Operated by Tuscan Escapes by Papilio SRL

Cancellation Policy

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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Traveler Tips


I would recommend doing this tour during the first day of your stay.
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I loved learning about...
Jeanie_W, Dec 2023
I loved learning about the art and history of the city and it's people. The tour guide was super knowledgeable. It was also nice to meet the other people on the tour.
Siena come to life! (Siena walking tour)
Leslie_A, Dec 2023
Elio was hands down the absolute best guide we have ever had on any tour we have taken! He was so knowledgeable of the places we saw and visited, and was a wonderful story teller! He had the best personality and we completely enjoyed our time with him! He even gave recommendations for other things to do after our tour was complete. It was easy to recognize his passion for art, history and where he lives which made the experience even better! Thank you, thank you Elio! Grazie mille!!!!
Excellent walking tour
julie_S, Dec 2023
Our guide was great. Very knowledgeable with a good sense of humor. Would highly recommend. Siena is a must see.
Wonderful Stroll Through Siena
Darren_H, Nov 2023
Our tour guide Georgia was extremely knowledgeable about the city and the monuments. Her delivery was very professional as well as being very personable. I would highly recommend this tour.
The tour guide was very...
Phil_Z, Nov 2023
The tour guide was very knowledgeable and provided just the right mix of history and culture to give us perspectives of SIena. This was particularly interesting in light of previously touring Florence. We did not have more than a day to spend in Siena, but would want to explore the city in more depth on a future trip. The tour was a very efficient and enjoyable way to learn about the city in a short amount of time.
Great start to a visit to Siena
Amber_T, Nov 2023
Loved learning about the history of Siena! Agree with others that it’s a great way to begin a visit to the region. Our tour guide pointed out intriguing details it was fun to notice later on our own.
Great intro to Siena
Bruce_W, Oct 2023
Great intro to Siena. Guide Elena was very knowledgeable and did a wonderful job of explaining so much history and art. Highly recommend this tour.
Great way to learn about the city
Elizabeth_M, Oct 2023
Claudia was an excellent tour guide as we walked through the city of Siena. As a native, she has not just the history but the actual experience of what living here is like. She shared the traditions along with the history that is so much a part of this city. I wouldn't miss this tour.
Excellent short tour
MaryLee_L, Oct 2023
This was a great tour. It was short, just 2 hours but the highlight was getting a tour of the inside of the Duomo. So stunning. Our guide also spent a good amount of time explaining the Palio—the horse race held in Il Campo piazza every July/August.
Walking wonder
kathryn_g, Oct 2023
Our guide was knowledgeable and adapted well when we were late. We enjoyed all the history mixed in with fun facts
Our guide was very...
Sharon_S, Oct 2023
Our guide was very informative and friendly. When chatting about Siena's history, she brought to life what is was like during the period when events occurred. It was very educational in a fun way.
A Great Guide Opens Our Eyes
Jane_S, Oct 2023
I could natter away endlessly about Siena itself, but this post is a shout-out to our guide. Her name is Elena (I hope!), and I suspect I have the spelling wrong. This was my third visit to this lovely city. Because I have been here with different friends/family each time, this was also my third tour. Elena was fantastic: welcoming, witty, smart, compelling, funny, and more. At one point she connected her explanation of one of the Duomo's marble inlay works of art in the floor to a story of her little son and the quest for knowledge. Charming. (Note: She is a real professional, and this was the only personal comment she made.) Finally, even if you aren't lucky enough to connect with our guide, don't "do" Siena your first time on your own. The history and the stories of the neighborhood contrade and the Palio are captivating, and the architecture is wonderful. But the Duoma is AMAZING. If I had been alone on my first - or second or third - visit to this cathedral, I would have just wandered around, amazed but unseeing. A good guide will open your eyes. Elena is a GREAT guide.
Missed the tour time
Jean_I, Oct 2023
I wish I had the experience to review! Unfortunately, due to issues with public transportation (taxis) in Florence, we were delayed in securing our rental for Sienna. I contacted Viator both my email and directly by phone before the tour, but clearly after the cancellation period had passed. I had hoped to apply the funds toward another Viator experience. Still awaiting some sort of feedback. This survey request is the first communication since my request for consideration was noted by your representative. Thank you.
Walking tour
Robert_M, Oct 2023
Excellent. Very knowledgeable. Kept the group moving. Answered all our questions. A must do when in Siena. Worth the money.
Excellent brief tour of Siena
Stephen_B, Oct 2023
Well constructed tour with informed guide who covered key aspects of Siena. Well worth the time and money to get the key facts on this wonderful historic city.
Great tour around Lucca
Truitt_A, Oct 2023
Great tour with a very knowledgeable and fun guide. Would definitely recommend to others looking to see historic Lucca in a few hours.
Delightful
Penelope_A, Sep 2023
Great tour guide! Very knowledgeable. Learned a lot about Siena. Appreciated the good sense of humor of our guide
Challenging Tourism
Judith_C, Sep 2023
Of course our guide was extremely knowledgable . However, I think he delayed in some places too long and didn't read his group.
What a race!!
Anonymous, Sep 2023
Our guide was fabulous. She was funny, bright, and had a lot of energy. We Americans who don’t know world history we’re fascinated to learn about the Palio race and all the Contrades. Never knew it existed. And of course the Duomo. Who knew some Popes were…
Excellent tour.
Karen_S, Sep 2023
David bought Pisa to life for us. It’s not all about the Leaning Bell Tower. Very interesting and extremely entertaining.
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