Itinerary of Siena in 3 days, Italy

What to see in Siena in 1 day

Siena is a beautiful medieval town located in the mountains. There is not a single city in Siena that doesn’t have a mountainous terrain, but the hills give it its own unique flavor. Of course, many historical monuments of the 12th-15th centuries are preserved here, and the whole city is protected by UNESCO.

Is 1 day enough to admire all the sights and what to see in Siena first of all? The answer: to get an overview of the city and see the most interesting places a day is enough, because Siena is quite small in its scale.

If you want to penetrate deeper into the medieval atmosphere and get to know the city in more detail, you can stay here for 2 or 3 days.

Read more about what to see in Siena in 1 day on your own in our article. Ticket prices and visiting hours for museums and attractions are presented for 2022: check the official websites for information.

Piazza del Campo

A walk around Siena is worth starting with the main square, Piazza del Campo. This is where the biannual horse race called the Palio takes place. The rest of the time it is dotted with tourists and students sitting right on the red stones that pave the square.

Piazza del Campo

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Piazza del Campo has an unusual shell shape. Around the perimeter are the city’s main landmarks – Palazzo Pubblico and Palazzo Sansedoni – as well as the famous Torre del Mangia tower.

In the center of the square is the graceful Fountain of Joy, made by Gaia in the 15th century and decorated with marble statues of the Virgin Mary and Jesus.

Torre del Manja Tower

Climb the Torre del Mangia, which offers an unforgettable view of Siena. It is 88 meters high and can be reached on foot.

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Opening hours and ticket prices

The tower is open at the following times

  • November 1 to February 28: from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 1:45 to 4 p.m. (the ticket office is open until 3:15 p.m.);
  • from March 1 to October 31: from 10 a.m. to 1.45 p.m. and from 2.30 to 7 p.m. (box office open until 6.15 p.m.)
  • In the New Year: from 12.00 to 16.00 (at the ticket-office to 15.15).

Tickets cost 10€.

Palazzo Poglico

After seeing the city from the height of the Torre del Mange, go to the Municipal Museum of Siena. It is located on the same square in the Palazzo Poglio.

The building was built around 1308, and the tower was completed by 1348. An extensive restoration was carried out at the end of the 19th century, completely restoring the medieval appearance of the building. Since 1930, it houses the City Museum.

In the palace are interesting halls, decorated with amazing frescoes of the famous masters:

  • Sala del Risorgimento (Sala del Risorgimento),
  • The Sala di Balia,
  • Sala del Mappamondo,
  • Sala del Concistoro,
  • Sala dei Nove,
  • Capella and Anticapella.

The most famous frescoes are by Simone Martini, Ambrogio Lorenzetti, Lippo Vanni, Bartolo di Fredi, Taddeo di Bartolo, Sano di Pietro.

Opening hours and ticket prices

You can visit the Palazzo Poglico on the following schedule:

  • November 1 to February 28: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (the ticket office is open until 5:15 p.m.);
  • March 1 to October 31: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Box Office open until 6:15 p.m.)
  • In the New Year: from 12.00 to 18.00.

Tickets cost 6€.

Combination tickets

It is also possible to buy combined tickets to visit several attractions:

  • Torre del Mangia and the City Museum – 15 Euros (family ticket costs 40 Euros, valid for one day);
  • City Museum and the Medieval Hospital of Santa Maria della Scala – 14 Euros (valid for two days);
  • City Museum, Torre del Mangia and Santa Maria della Scala – 20 Euros (valid for two days).
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Siena Cathedral

Not far from the central square is Siena’s Cathedral, without a visit to which a visit to Siena is unthinkable.

The Cathedral is a fine example of Gothic style (built in the 13th century) and is fascinating both externally in white marble and inside with a colorful interior dominated by green marble.

Siena Cathedral

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What to see

Inside, of interest are the amazing mosaic floor created between the 14th and 18th centuries, the richly decorated pulpit by Niccolò Pisano and the statue of John the Baptist by Donatello. Equally important are the Piccolomini Library with its splendid decoration.

On the opposite side of the main façade is the Baptistery of San Giovanni, built in the 14th century. You can also see the Crypt, the Opera del Duomo Museum, and climb to the observation deck on the roof of the cathedral.

Opening hours and ticket prices

The Duomo Cathedral, Piccolomini Library, Crypt, and Baptistery are open:

  • March 31: 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., on holidays from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m;
  • From April 1 to October 31: from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., on public holidays from 1.30 to 6 p.m;
  • June 27th – July 31st, August 18th – October 18th: from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., on holidays from 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m;
  • November 1 to March 31: 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. on public holidays.

The observation deck on the roof of the cathedral (Porta del Cielo)

  • March: Saturdays only from 10:30 to 17:00 and Sundays from 13:30 to 17:00;
  • April 1st to October 31st: Mondays to Saturdays from 10.00 to 19.00 and Sundays from 13.30 to 18.00.

A combination ticket is available for the Cathedral and the other sites:

  • Opa Si Pass: with it you can see the Cathedral, the Piccolomini Library, the Baptistery of San Giovanni, the Crypt, the Museo dell’Opera (without going up to the observation deck);
  • Potra del Cielo All Inclusive: includes a visit to all buildings of the Cathedral complex and to the roof of the Cathedral (the tour to the roof is every half hour in groups of 18 people).
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Opa Si Pass price:

  • Jan. 1 to June 26, Aug. 1 to Aug. 17, Oct. 19 to Dec. 31, €13;
  • From June 27 to July 31, from August 18 to October 18 – 15 Euro.

The Potra del Cielo All Inclusive ticket is available from March 1 to January 6 and costs:

  • 20 Euros for adults;
  • 5 Euros for children from 7 to 11 years old;
  • Free for children under 6 years old.

Pinacoteca Nazionale

Siena’s largest art gallery, the Pinacoteca Nazionale, is probably worth a visit. It is located next to Piazza del Campo and occupies two massive palatial buildings, the Palazzo Brigidi and Palazzo Buonsignori, both built in the 14th and 15th centuries.

Pinacoteca Nazionale

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The Pinacoteca includes a unique collection of paintings by Italian masters of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. It holds such masterpieces as:

  • “Polyptych No. 28” and “Madonna of the Franciscans” by Duccio di Buoninsegna;
  • “The Archangel Michael driving out the rebellious angels” and “The Birth of the Virgin Mary” by Domenico Beccafumi;
  • “The Adoration of the Magi by Bartolo di Fredi;
  • “The Annunciation by Ambrogio Lorenzetti;
  • “Madonna” by Guido da Siena and many others.

Opening hours and ticket prices

Admission to the Pinacoteca Nazionale costs 8 euros. Opening hours:

  • Monday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 8:30 to 1:30 pm;
  • Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 2pm to 7pm;
  • Closed on the second and fourth Sunday of each month, as well as January 1 and December 25.

In Via di San Pietro 29.

Basilica of St. Dominic

Siena has a lot of ancient churches: don’t pass by them, but go inside for at least a couple of minutes to admire the interior decoration and feel the wonderful soothing atmosphere characteristic of Italian religious places.

One of the most important temples of Siena, a must-see is the Basilica of St. Dominic. It looks like a knight’s castle – very imposing. It is located between Piazza San Domenico and Via dela Sapienza. The building was built in the 14th century.

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The Basilica holds the relics of St. Catherine of Siena – the patron saint of all Italy. Equally interesting is the 15th-century altar, the picturesque floor with representations of Orpheus and the beasts, splendid frescoes and paintings by Italian masters.

Basilica of St. Dominic

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Opening hours and ticket prices

Admission is free. Hours of operation:

  • March through October – 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m;
  • November through February – 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

How to get to the city from Siena train station

Since most tourists come to Siena by train, the first thing to know is how to get to the old town. The fact is that the central station is located in the new part of town, and the old is located quite high on the hill.

If you do not know that directly from the station to the top of the hill leads escalator, you can take a long walk on foot on the hills.

So, right after getting off the train, go up to the mall, and then take the stairs or the elevator to the third floor of the center. There you will see an escalator that will take you to the old part of Siena in a few minutes. When you get up, turn left and walk 2-3 minutes down a small street.

Soon, at a three-way intersection, you’ll see a gate that opens the way to the Old Town (Porta Camoglia) – go through it and you’ll be right where you need to start your sightseeing.

Siena Excursions

If you prefer to explore the city with a guide who has already planned an interesting itinerary for you, take a personalized tour of Siena. This way, you will save time and you will not have to look for the main sights on your own. In addition, a local guide will tell you all the most fascinating things about the history of the city, modern life and culture of the locals.

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