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Siena Cathedral (Duomo) Tours

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Siena Cathedral (Duomo)
The Siena Cathedral (Duomo di Siena) is one Tuscany’s most beautiful churches, second perhaps only to Florence's Santa Maria del Fiore. The magnificent Gothic and Romanesque structure is hard to miss thanks to its tall spires, bold white-and-green stripes, and ornate facade. Inside, the cathedral is equally impressive with works of art by Donatello, Bernini, and Michelangelo.
 
The Basics
Appreciate the Siena Cathedral’s wealth of art and architecture on a guided tour. Skip-the-line entrance tickets grant access to the church, crypt, and baptistry (Battistero di San Giovanni), along with the adjacent Piccolomini Library—frescoed by Pinturicchio—and the Museo dell'Opera. Explore the cathedral complex as part of a city walking tour or on a day trip from Florence to Siena, Pisa, and San Gimignano. Inside the cathedral, highlights include the marble pulpit and floor, numerous statues, and the Chigi and Saint John the Baptist chapels.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Modest attire is required to enter the church, so be sure to cover your shoulders and knees.
  • Walking tours of the cathedral complex and city of Siena cover quite a bit of ground; comfortable shoes are recommended.
  • While the cathedral is accessible via a secondary entrance to the left of the main staircase, the museum, crypt, and baptistry are not.
  • Photography isn’t allowed inside the complex.
 
How to Get There
The Cathedral of Siena is on Piazza Duomo in Siena’s pedestrian-only historic center. It can only be reached on foot.
 
When to Get There
Siena's cathedral has a breathtaking graffito floor, one of the most impressive in Italy. There are 56 marble panels of biblical and historical scenes, most hidden behind a protective covering and revealed for just a few weeks each summer. Try to time your visit for this period to view this masterpiece.
 
Siena Cathedral History and the Museo dell'Opera
The cathedral’s construction began in the early 1200s, and after almost a century, Giovanni Pisano, whose style was heavily influenced by his father, Nicola, completed the beautiful facade. Despite an impressive cathedral, Siena's ambitious ruling families decided in the 14th century to double the size of the existing structure into the New Cathedral (Duomo Nuovo). The plague stopped the plan, and today Museo dell'Opera occupies the only nave that was completed. Museo dell'Opera holds many of the cathedral's most important works of art, including Giovanni Pisano’s statues of prophets and philosophers that once adorned the facade and Duccio di Buoninsegna's Maesta. Duccio di Buoninsegna designed the huge rose window, and the gable’s glittering Venetian mosaics were added in the 19th century.
Address: Piazza del Duomo, Siena, Tuscany 53100, Italy
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Skip-the-Line Siena Cathedral Duomo Complex Entrance Ticket

Skip-the-Line Siena Cathedral Duomo Complex Entrance Ticket

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The magnificent Duomo of Siena is one of the highlights of Siena’s UNESCO-listed historic center, but its popularity means that you could spend a long time queuing outside. This skip-the-line ticket ensures priority entrance and offers access to the Cathedral, the Piccolomini Library, the Baptistery of San Giovanni, the museum, and the Crypt.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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$14.56
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Skip the Line: Siena Duomo and City Walking Tour

Skip the Line: Siena Duomo and City Walking Tour

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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. 
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$36.40
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$36.40
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Best of Siena Guided Walking Tour

Best of Siena Guided Walking Tour

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Maximize time in Siena with a guided walking tour through the medieval city streets. See local landmarks including Piazza del Campo and the Siena Cathedral while hearing stories about the city’s history and architecture from a local guide. Explore a local district, called a Contrada, and learn about Siena’s famous Palio horse races.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$23.05
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$23.05
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Siena Historic City Walking Tour with Cathedral Option

Siena Historic City Walking Tour with Cathedral Option

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Discover the treasures of one of the most beautiful cities in the world with a monolingual local guide and immerse yourself in its art, culture and traditions as the horse race the Palio, which takes place twice a year. With a small group you will explore the best that Siena has to offer. Your guide will accompany you along the ancient streets of Siena through the most beautiful sites such as: Piazza del Campo, Palazzo Pubblico, Palazzo Tolomei, Palazzo Salimbeni, the ancient via Banchi di Sopra, the Basilica of San Domenico, the Sanctuary of St. Catherine of Siena, the Baptistery and the Cathedral. You will visit also the inside of the Cathedral (ticket not included), if you choose the Cathedral option, where you will admire the works of art of important Italian artists, such as Michelangelo, Donatello and Bernini.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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$24.27
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$24.27
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Private Tour: Siena Walking Tour

Private Tour: Siena Walking Tour

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Stroll the charming Medieval streets of a Tuscan hill town with this 2-hour private tour of Siena. Learn about Siena's hidden gems from a knowledgeable guide in between visits to its most popular sights.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$174.53
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Private Tour of Siena Cathedral

Private Tour of Siena Cathedral

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Opt for a personalized experience of Siena’s top attraction on a private tour of Siena Cathedral (Il Duomo). With just your private guide and party, you’ll discover easy-to-miss details in the cathedral’s interior and benefit from commentary integral to understanding the statues of Michelangelo and the art inside the Chapel of St. John the Baptist. Plus, booking in advance means you’ll save hours of waiting in line with a skip-the-line admission ticket.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$97.07
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Siena: Guided tour of Siena INCLUDED Duomo

Siena: Guided tour of Siena INCLUDED Duomo

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Wonderful Tour of Classic Siena every Saturday and Sunday guaranteed departure at 11.00 am from Piazza Duomo. Expert local guide will introduce you, in an interesting and pleasant way, to the history of Siena, the Duomo, Piazza del Campo and other monuments of the city. We will talk about the Palio, the districts and visit the lesser known and most peaceful corners of the city. Duomo skip the line included adult rate 25.00 euros per person children between 6 and 12 years 10.00 euro per person children under 6 years free
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$30.33
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$30.33
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The best of Siena - Private Walking Tour

The best of Siena - Private Walking Tour

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Enjoy an interesting stroll around the Tuscan jewel of Siena with this 2-hour private walking tour. See the main attractions of the UNESCO-listed city while getting plenty of personal attention from your private guide.
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  • 2 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$169.87
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$169.87
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Private Walking Tour: Siena and its Treasures

Private Walking Tour: Siena and its Treasures

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Siena is one of Tuscany’s most celebrated and in-demand destinations. On this private tour, beat the crowds and enjoy an intimate way of discovering the city. In the company of your guide, you’ll see the shell-shaped Piazza del Campo, admire the distinctive, black-and-white façade of the Duomo, and take in panoramic views from the lofty Facciatone. As you go, learn more about the city’s wealth of history.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$207.77
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$207.77
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Private Photo Shoot in Siena

Private Photo Shoot in Siena

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Capture your memories of Siena on camera during this private photo shoot in the heart of the city. Bookable for a group of up to five people, the experience is led by a professional photographer with knowledge of the best backdrops around the beautiful city of Siena. Bring any additional clothing, shoes, or accessories to make the most of your photo shoot. After the shoot, take home a collection of quality digital images to impress friends and family back home.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$299.19
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$299.19
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Siena Private Tour: Medieval City Exploration Game

Siena Private Tour: Medieval City Exploration Game

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Embark on a quest around Siena by solving clues to start a war between the famous Tolomei and Salimbeni families, all with the help of your smartphone. Unlock new stories as you discover on your own the Siena Dome, the historical center, Piazza del Campo, Palazzo Tolomei, and more. + Discover the second-oldest bank in the world + Uncover the secrets of the Palazzo Tolomei + Admire the beautiful fountain at Fonte Gaia + Take selfies in Piazza del Duomo Each riddle you solve will lead you from one place to another, giving you exact directions, so you won’t need a map, a GPS or a guide. When you solve it and guess the answer, the secret story of that place is unlocked. Start and stop whenever you want.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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$6.05
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$6.05
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Siena by night walking experience

Siena by night walking experience

Breathe a magical atmosphere in Siena during the evening and find out the city from an unusual perspective. Enjoy this 2-hour walking experience with our monolingual tour guide and you won’t be disappointed. Hear many stories of Siena noble families and the phantoms that walk around the city in the night. The official guide will meet the guests and accompany them through the symbolic places of Siena, such as Piazza del Campo, Siena Cathedral and the Torre del Mangia. Finally, every secret of the city is going to take life. Prepare yourself for an exciting journey discovering Siena by night!
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$53.39
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Siena Food Tour - TASTE SIENA

Siena Food Tour - TASTE SIENA

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The only real food tour of Siena - Our guided Siena Food Tour brings you to 8 distinct enogastromic locales within the historic center of Siena. Our tour will begin with classic Italian breakfast and includes a hearty lunch, so make sure to bring your appetite! Stops and tastings include "panforte" a 13th-century Sienese cake, handmade "pici," a Tuscan style of pasta, artisanal pecorino cheese, two wine tastings from the finest Tuscan vineyards, local dishes in a classic osteria, sweet bites in a famous 19th-century spice shop, and rich gelato in the heart of Piazza del Campo. All food and wine tastings are included in the ticket price.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$107.99
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$107.99

The Best of Siena

The Best of Siena

The perfect route to dive into the beautiful medieval atmosphere of the city of Siena and admire its most beautiful squares and its most famous monuments. We will leave by visiting the Basilica of San Domenico, and we will continue along the Santa Caterina district, with entrance to the sanctuary, the church and the Santa's house. Here we will admire precious pictorial decorations and medieval architectural spaces still intact. Then we will cross Piazza del Campo, unique in the world from an architectural point of view and home to the famous Palio horse race. We will end our visit to the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, which boasts works of art and unique historical testimonies.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$226.06
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$226.06

Wonders of Siena

Wonders of Siena

In the Sienese churches are preserved priceless masterpieces of painting and sculpture. A journey for art, beauty and history lovers. The tour will start in front of the church of San Domenico where you will visit the splendid basilica and the chapel that houses the remains of Santa Caterina da Siena. We will then enter the cathedral, which contains works of art by some of the greatest Italian artists: Michelangelo, Donatello and Bernini. Finally we will follow the roads of the Contrada della Selva, where we will see the fontanina used for the characteristic baptism of Contrada, and the sacred area of the Fosso di S. Ansano, where the patron saint of Siena was martyred at the time of the Romans.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$199.46
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Siena Magica Private Walking Tour

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Siena Magica Private Walking Tour

On this private guided walking tour you will explore a city that has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will see its main and beautiful sites, such as the Cathedral of Siena, Piazza del Campo, Torre del Mangi, Fonte Gaia, Piazza del Mercato. The beautiful city of Siena is famous not only for its splendid and historic buildings and the picturesque landscape that surrounds it, but also for its cuisine, art, museums, medieval cityscape and, of course, the Palio, the famous horse race held here twice a year.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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$104.47
$127.40
$22.93 savings
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Photo tour and Shoot in Siena Price for Group

Photo tour and Shoot in Siena Price for Group

We will meet in the famous church of San Domenico in Siena. We will explore the city, taking pictures of the view of Siena, in a special place slightly upwards. We will enter the small alleys of the city, where Giada the photographer will take you, in the most hidden and suggestive places. We will pass by the Duomo and Piazza del Campo, the two most famous monuments of the city. We will end our tour with a little surprise!
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$332.43
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$332.43
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Photography course in Siena

Photography course in Siena

If you want to bring the special memories of your trip, see the city from a different point of view, feel its character and take it home - write to me. Plus I will give you all the info you need to improve your skills in urban and landscape photography.
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  • 1 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$39.52
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$39.52

Learn & Go! Siena tour with an Italian language teacher as a guide!

Learn & Go! Siena tour with an Italian language teacher as a guide!

This tour is focused on the city but also on the language! Your guide, in fact, will be an Italian language teacher for foreigners who, in addition to taking you to the most beautiful places in Siena in a real art history tour, can also help you become familiar with Italian, musicality, idioms, words suitable for describing the works you will see. A truly unique guided tour! The duration of the tour is 3 hours and can be booked for each day of the week. The tour takes place only in Italian.
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  • 3 hours
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$247.24
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Hidden Corners of Siena Private Walking Tour

Hidden Corners of Siena Private Walking Tour

Explore the famous monuments and hidden treasures of Siena on this private walking tour. Stroll through winding and well-preserved medieval neighborhoods like the Old Ghetto and the Tower District, and take in panoramic views from the city's highest point. Admire the famous Siena Cathedral, catch quiet moments in tucked-away squares and gardens, and learn the history behind the renowned Palio horse race at the Museo di Contrada.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$217.19
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$217.19
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Siena and San Gimignano Private Shore Excursion for Cruisers

Siena and San Gimignano Private Shore Excursion for Cruisers

This private shore excursion has been designed for those who have already visited the famous cities of Florence and Pisa, and are interested in exploring other beautiful areas of Tuscany rich in charm, history, and culture. Siena’s history extends as far back as Ancient Rome as a Roman colony. For centuries since, Siena grew into a prosperous significant medieval town, a rightful rival to the neighboring Florence. One of the historic traditions that date back to ancient tribal systems retained in Siena, is the town’s 17 districts (contrade)- each with its own coat of arm and strong identity. Every July 2 and August 16 the Palio is held in Piazza del Campo. San Gimignano has a distinctive skyline which has earned it its nickname "Medieval Manhattan" of Tuscany. During the Middle Ages towers were a symbol of power, therefore prestigious families competed in building the tallest and greatest towers to establish their relevance in the community.
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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$997.27
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Kid tour in Siena

Kid tour in Siena

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Explore Siena in a fun and kid-friendly way on this tour created for families with children. As you make your way through the city, your guide will engage young travelers with lively storytelling and riddles to uncover Siena’s secrets. Visitors of all ages will come away with deeper knowledge of local history, art, and traditions. This tour ends with a special surprise gift.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$191.15
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$191.15
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Siena Running Tour

Siena Running Tour

Siena Running Tour is a new way of visiting the city by exploiting the potential of running and combining fitness and culture. Visitors will have the opportunity to cover a geographical space wider than what you can usually see with a classic visit on foot and enjoy unaspected views. The starting point is the Fortezza Medicea, a traditional Sienese fitness place, from which your guide will give you a wide introduction to the history of the city, taking advantage of the spectacular view of the Cathedral, of the Torre del Mangia, of the ancient hospital of Santa Maria della Scala, in short, of the most important monuments of Siena, as well as, of course, of the fortress itself. Then we will proceed towards the city center, the Market square, ending the tour in Piazza Salimbeni, historical site of the Monte dei Paschi di Siena bank.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$199.46
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Siena photo tour

Siena photo tour

Siena photo tour is a new way of seeing Siena through the eyes of a local who will guide you through the city showing you its hidden treasures, panoramas, medieval towers, churches and palaces, alleys that otherwise alone you would never find and green valleys within the city walls. During the explanations you will have all the time you need to take pictures and ask the guide every question and curiosity that passes through your mind. At the end of the tour your eyes will be full of unforgettable images of Siena!
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$174.53
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Siena Cathedral: Private Tour

Siena Cathedral: Private Tour

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Widely considered among Siena’s top attractions, Siena Cathedral dates back to the 13th century—but the cathedral’s medieval history is easy to miss. On this tour, explore Siena Cathedral with your private guide and see the best of this impressive Sienese landmark in one comprehensive visit. Hear the hidden history behind artworks by Bernini, Donatello, and Michelangelo, and admire key features such as the baroque chapels and marble façade.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$145.60
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Siena Cathedral (Duomo) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 44 Siena Cathedral (Duomo) tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Siena Cathedral (Duomo) 2020?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Siena Cathedral (Duomo) costs USD 14.56. Guided Siena Cathedral (Duomo) tours start around USD 14.56 per person. See all 44 Siena Cathedral (Duomo) tickets and tours on Viator.
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