Best of Siena Guided Walking Tour with Palio Contrada

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Be seduced by the charm of this unique city! Your professional local guide will take you along the medieval streets, admiring the monuments, the imposing buildings and the hidden narrow streets, you will relive the medieval mood of the past. The exclusive admission in the heart of a Palio’s Contrada will then let you discover its traditions and the Siena real Life style.
An unforgettable Guided Walking Tour will make you discover this marvelous Medieval city! The guided visit of Siena starts in its most beautiful square, Piazza del Campo, of which the Palazzo Pubblico (town hall) is the focal point. Then, you will stroll along its fascinating streets and squares, reaching a Museum and an Oratory of a Contrada*, where you can experience the authentic atmosphere of the town. The Contrade (districts into which the town is divided) are the real core of the local social life, where inhabitants of each district compete with each other as they devote themselves to preparations for the well-known Palio horse-race. The contrada is not simply a district: it is a small state having its own legacy of traditions, memories and emotions, including its own flag and anthem. The Museum of a contrada, as well as its Oratory, is therefore the heart of the district. This is an intimate and secret place - with exclusive access - containing historical documents and wonderful relics of the famous Palio, as well as magnificent works of art, which are normally not disclosed to the public. In other words, a truly exclusive and valuable experience. The visit ends when you will reach the highest point of the city, where the spectacular 12th century Cathedral magnificently stands. If you want, you can decide to enrich your visit experience, by adding the amazing inside Guided Visit of the famous Siena Cathedral, together with its Libreria Piccolomini, to discover the beauty of its treasures and works of art. Please note that the order of the visits may change * When the Museum and the Oratory of the Contrada are not accessible, will be replaced with another site of particular historic and cultural interest.

What’s included

  • Guided Visit with Professional local Guide
  • Contrada Museum and Oratorio – exclusive opening
  • Siena Cathedral with the Libreria Piccolomini guided visit (if option is selected)

What’s not included

  • Gratuities (optional)