Skip the Line: Siena Duomo and City Walking Tour

Siena, Italy
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From $38.06

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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.


325 reviews
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Siena in the rain
jenefer_D, May 2023
The Duomo was definitely the highlight. Elio, our guide was so engaging, knowledgeable and energetic, he made the tour so enjoyable and was so engaging, definitely worth it!
Beautiful, well worth seeing.
Caroline_L, May 2023
Tour guide was great, although arrived late. Started without headphones etc. as they were even later arriving.
Great Day in Siena
David_F, May 2023
Elio was a great guide. Very entertaining and knowledgeable . Perfect length and enough time fir everything
Enjoyable tour.
susanweitzer, May 2023
Enjoyed the tour and your guide. Just the right length with a great presentation of the history of Siena. Could have had more information on the duomo.
A brilliant insight into Siena
Lesley_E, May 2023
The most brilliant and passionate guide who imparted excellent and insightful information which made us very enthusiastic about Siena
Brings Siena to life.
Martyn_S, May 2023
Enjoyed learning about the history of Siena and help to understand the church and Duomo. The san Paulo race information was good but perhaps we needed a little less and a little more history? This is a personal choice and I will say the guide was otherwise very good.
Awesome tour and Guide!
Tony_L, May 2023
Our guide was outstanding! He was very knowledgeable, personable, and kept the tour very engaging. He seemed to live the town and history and was very excited to share his passion. Great tour thanks to him.
Claudia was our guide....
JoAnn_B, May 2023
Claudia was our guide. The knowledge and passion she shares of her city makes the tour a great start when first arriving in Siena.
Highly recommend!
Arleen_S, May 2023
Our guide was exceptional!! She brought local knowledge and enthusiasm that was unmatched. It was fun to hear about the local neighborhoods and horse race!
Amazing tour
Debbie_D, May 2023
Hearing the story about the contrade and bring to life about the history of the community and plus the Duomo. We were in small group in late afternoon which made it nice walking around being less crowded
A history lesson and what to do around town
scaputo3030, May 2023
Claudia was an excellent guide and historian. A native of Siena. We learned a tremendous amount and she was so passionate about her town. It was a great way to get introduced to the area so we knew where to go on our own
Interesting visit to Siena
Andrew_M, Apr 2023
The stories of the horse races in the piazza. The guide really knew the town and what made it a special place.
Siena with Elio
Sally_R, Apr 2023
Taking the tour with Elio was excellent. He gave us so much information about Siena and went out of his way to be helpful.
Great guide and excellent tour!!
Rick_B, Apr 2023
Georgia was an excellent guide. I learned more about Siena in a few hours on her tour than I did in the entire week I spent in Siena previous to the tour. It was great to hear about the history of the buildings and the religious artifacts in them. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone planning to visit Sienna.
Great tour!
Ben_H, Apr 2023
Great quick tour of the Siena highlights! The tour guide did a great job stopping at each highlight and giving the right amount of information, but not too much!
Two thumbs up
Katherine_M, Apr 2023
Awesome experience! Our guide was so knowledgeable and gave us a great overview of Siena. Would definitely recommend for anyone wanting to learn about the city.
Would recommend
Kelly_K, Nov 2022
Our guide Elio was so knowledgeable and helpful! It was a wonderful tour with great sights and very accessible.
Learn from the Locals
Julie_R, Nov 2022
Marella was helpful and well informed And it was a pleasure to share the city she grew up in through her eyes Thank you
GREAT tour
William_R, Nov 2022
The tour guide was EXCELLENT with great talk in perfect English and lead us up slowly through perfect path to Duomo on top of big hill.
Go thorough another tour company
Patricia_M, Oct 2022
We got to the Duomo only to find out our skip the line guided tour couldn’t happen as there was a special mass. Listening in on the guide speak through the headphone with the Duomo staff it seems that there was previous (2day) warning of this closure for mass. We booked our tickets less than 24 hours in advance. We didn’t get to see the Duomo with our guide. This is really the only reason we took the tour. The guide was great throughout the tour-but her boss wasn’t answering her calls. When I tried to call it indicated the line was out of service. Without contacting us they gave us a $15 Canadian credit for 2 of us missing out on a guided skip the line tour. It cost us more to do a wait in line, go on our own tour. Very disappointing and unprofessional. I would never book through this tour operator again.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Dear Patricia. Contrary to the claim made by Duomo staff, we did not recieve any notice of the closure, so were unable to close the tour date or notify participants of the change (which we would have of course). Unfortunately there was nothing we could do on the day except refund the duomo ticket costs and offer an alternative visit. We find your rating more than a little unfair due to the fact that you found the guide to be terrific and it was an unforseen circumstance out of our control.

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