Visiting Siena, Italy - the main sights

Piazza del Campo, Siena Duomo and Siena highlights

Siena Cathedral (Duomo)
One admission ticket: multiple attractions, Siena Cathedral (Duomo)

The heart of Siena is its central piazza known as Il Campo, famous for the Palio run here, a horse race run around the piazza twice every summer.

For most visitors, the compact medieval heart of Siena is where they will spend all their time.

The Piazza del Campo is at the heart of the city with the cathedral (Duomo) a couple of minutes' walk away, which together contain the principal sights to visit.

The network of largely pedestrianised medieval alleys and lanes immediately around both are of equal attraction with atmospheric shops, bars and restaurants.

For details on how to get to Siena from Florence, we have another page, Visiting Siena from Florence.

Siena Cathedral (Duomo), Baptistery and Museo dell'Opera tickets and passes

The cathedral (Duomo) is one of the finest in Italy and is part of a complex of attractions for which there is a single admission ticket.

The Gothic cathedral building is filled with treasures by Pisano, Donatello and Michelangelo as well as frescoes by Pinturicchio. Siena Cathedral is open six days a week from 10.30am year round; on Sundays and public holidays it is 1.30pm. It closes at 5.30pm in the winter months, 6pm from March to November.

The pass you buy gets you into the cathedral as well as the baptistery, crypt and Opera museum and is valid for 3 days.

There is a special “Gate of Heaven” option in the summer months not included in the standard ticket. 

The tour takes you up a steep, hidden staircase leading to the rooftop with breathtaking views into the cathedral and over the rooftops of Siena. Siena Duomo - official website

Piazza del Campo

Piazza del Campo Siena
Main square: Piazza del Campo


Every Italian city has its central piazza where the city's political, social and cultural business took place, and Siena's is magnificent.

The Piazza del Campo was developed in the mid-14th century and is shell shaped like a large amphitheatre with restaurants lining the edges.

The Palazzo Pubblico, one of the main attractions in Siena, is the focus of the piazza. The landmark bell tower rises from the palazzo and from up here there are great views.

Palazzo Pubblico

Palazzo Pubblico & Bell Tower Siena
Great views from top: Palazzo Pubblico & Bell Tower


The Palazzo Pubblico serves as the town hall of Siena, but the state rooms are open to the public, the Museo Civico. Expect impressive fine art and frescoes.

Torre del Mangia (Bell Tower)

The Torre del Mangia is immediately left of the Palazzo Pubblico and was built in the 14th century.

The 505 steps to the top are rewarded with spectacular views of Siena and the Tuscan countryside beyond. Unfortunately, only small numbers of people are permitted to enter at one time so wait times can be long.

Skip the line: Siena Duomo and city walking tour

You can explore Siena's main sights, its listed Old Town, the central square, Piazza del Campo and visit the stunning Siena Duomo (Siena Cathedral) with a fast-track, skip-the-line entrance ticket.

The two-hour tour gives you an informed introduction to the best that Siena has to offer.

The walking tour first explores the old town and the Piazza del Campo one of the most beautiful squares in Europe. Then onto the Siena Duomo.

After skipping the entrance line with your skip-the-line ticket, your guide will escort you into this breathtaking cathedral, to see impressive masterpieces by Donatello, Bernini and Michelangelo.

Admire the exquisite Gothic architecture, walk through nave arcades with Renaissance busts of popes and emperors and marvel at the unique black-and-white-striped bell tower.

siena duomo


Skip-the-line tickets for Siena Duomo + walking tour

• Guided walking tour Duomo  • Guided walking tour Siena city

Guided day tours from Florence that include Siena

If you travel independently by public transport, you'll no doubt spend all day in this wonderful city. Fine if you're got the time and not a tour type and want to visit at your own pace and linger a while.

Perhaps the majority of visitors are time challenged and want to see as much of the Tuscany as they can getting glimpses of the Chianti countryside and other nearby attractions in addition to Siena.

Below are the most popular tours that include Siena in a day tour from Florence.

Siena and San Gimignano day trip from Florence

Visit two highlights of Tuscany, the charming cities of Siena and San Gimignano with your guide showcasing the best of what these cities have to offer.

In between you'll be travelling through the picturesque Chianti countryside of Tuscany.

siena countryside


siena countryside
San Gimignano, Siena, Monteriggioni, Chianti day trip with lunch & wine tasting

• Explore Siena's old town • Discover Siena Cathedral • Enjoy a guided tasting and lunch at a Chianti Winery

Tuscany in one day sightseeing tour

See the best Tuscany has to offer on this full-day guided coach trip from Florence.

In just one day you'll explore Siena, San Gimignano and Pisa and also find time for a wine tasting in the Chianti countryside and lunch!

tuscany countryside


tuscany countryside
Siena, San Gimignano, Pisa and lunch at a winery from Florence

• 3-course lunch at a wine estate • Wine tasting • Professional guide  • Free time to explore the towns at your own pace


Popular Tours in & around Florence

Florence Hop On, Hop Off Open Top Sightseeing Tour

24 hr, 48 hr and 72 hr tickets

From €25

Best of Florence Half Day Walking Tour

Includes Accademia Gallery, Uffizi Gallery and Florence Duomo

From €120

Full Day Highlights Tour of Florence

Full day tour with lunch at local restaurant Duomo + Accademia + Uffizi Galleries

From €87

Florence Walking Tour with skip-the-line to Accademia

3-hour small group walking tour inc Accademia Gallery admission

From €60

Accademia Gallery Guided Small Group Tour

Home to the original statue of David by Renaissance genius Michelangelo

From €49

Uffizi Gallery Guided Tour

Experience the world-famous gallery’s Renaissance highlights and architecture.

From €69

Accademia + Uffizi Gallery Guided Tour

Small group guided tour of the two major galleries in Florence

From €111

Pitti Palace and Palatine Gallery Guided Tour

Small group guided tour of the Pitti Palace

From €59

The Duomo Complex and Its Hidden Terraces Tour

Small group guided tour of Florence cathedral including hidden areas

From €107
Florence Fast Track Entrance Tickets

Accademia Gallery Fast Track Entrance Tickets

Home to the original statue of David by Renaissance genius Michelangelo. View ticket option


Uffizi Gallery Fast Track Entrance Tickets

1,500 pieces of art including Michelangelo. View ticket options


Pitti Palace Fast Track Entrance Tickets

Renaissance masterpieces, including Raphael, Titian and Rubens. View ticket options

Day Tours to Tuscany & beyond from Florence

Tuscany in One Day Sightseeing Tour

Includes Siena, Chianti vineyards, San Gimignano, Pisa

From €87

Siena and San Gimignano Day Trip

All entrance fees included

From €68

Half Day Tour To Pisa & Leaning Tower

Return coach travel, walking tour, with or without entry to leaning tower

From €39

Cinque Terre Hiking Day Trip  

Fully inclusive day of hiking inc lunch

From €75

Cinque Terre Small Group Day Tour 

Small group (max 8 people) includes boat ride + several villages

From €223

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