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Basilica of San Domenico (Basilica di San Domenico) Tours

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Basilica of San Domenico (Basilica di San Domenico)
One of the most historically important churches in Siena, the Basilica of San Domenico (Basilica di San Domenico) is famous for another saint: the city’s own Saint Catherine. It was here that Catherine took her vows in 1363 at the age of 15, and the church holds a number of her relics, including her head, thumb, and whip used for self-flagellation.
 
The Basics
Join a guided tour that takes in the Basilica of San Domenico and other city highlights, including Piazza del Campo, Palazzo Pubblico, and Torre del Mangia. Many Siena walking and Segway tours also include skip-the-line entrance tickets to Siena’s cathedral (Duomo), along with the adjacent Piccolomini Library—frescoed by Pinturicchio—and the Museo dell'Opera. Siena is a popular day trip from Florence, and tours often include stops in Pisa and San Gimignano, as well. 
 
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 Basilica of San Domenico and the city of Siena cover quite a bit of ground; comfortable shoes are recommended.
  • The church is accessible to wheelchair users, but the downstairs crypt is not.
  • Photography without flash is allowed inside the basilica.
 
How to Get There
The Basilica di San Domenico is on Piazza Domenico on the very edge of Siena’s pedestrian historic center, an easy walk from most other top attractions and the train station. 
 
When to Get There
The Basilica di San Domenico is usually less crowded than Siena’s cathedral, and can be a quiet and cool respite during the peak hours of midday.
 
Highlights of Siena’s Basilica di San Domenico
The Gothic church was built in 1226 on the Camporegio hill and contains a number of important works of art by the Sienese school in addition to St. Catherine’s relics. Of note are a magnificent Majesty (Maestà) by Guido da Siena, frescoes by Francesco Vanni and Pietro Lorenzetti, and the sumptuously decorated chapel dedicated to St. Catherine, where her head and thumb are displayed. The Chapel of the Vaults (Cappella delle Volte) holds a pretty portrait of the saint.
Address: Via Camporegio, 2, Siena, Tuscany 53100, Italy
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Small-Group San Gimignano and Volterra Day Trip from Siena

Small-Group San Gimignano and Volterra Day Trip from Siena

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Get medieval on this guided tour from Sienna to San Gimignano and Volterra. Head to the marvelously diminutive hilltop town of Monteriggioni and then stop for a while in UNESCO world Heritage-listed San Gimignano with its plethora of medieval towers and commanding views over the Tuscan countryside. Finally, spend some time in an alabaster workshop in Volterra before indulging in a rustic lunch at a Tuscan farm. This small-group tour is limited to just eight people, ensuring plenty of personalized attention from the guide. 
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  • 8 hours
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Small-Group Chianti and San Gimignano Sunset Trip from Siena

Small-Group Chianti and San Gimignano Sunset Trip from Siena

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Sip world-class wine and watch the sunset on this day trip to Chianti and San Gimignano from Siena. Led by an expert guide, explore the medieval town of Monteriggioni and visit Chianti wineries for tastings. Then, head to the UNESCO-listed San Gimignano to see the sunset as you savor a traditional Tuscan dinner in a farmhouse overlooking the hills. Group size is reserved for eight people to keep the experience as intimate as possible. 
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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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Small-Group Montepulciano and Pienza Day Trip from Siena

Small-Group Montepulciano and Pienza Day Trip from Siena

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Discover Tuscany's stunning landscape, culinary delights and UNESCO-listed sites on a day trip to Montepulciano and Pienza from Siena. Led by a local guide, admire the architectural gems of the Val d'Orcia region and stop at a dairy farm for lunch and samples of salty Pecorino cheese. Conclude your trip in the scenic hill town of Montepulciano, with an optional visit to a winery. Group size is limited to eight people, ensuring personalized attention from your guide.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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First Time Siena Medieval Tuscany Private Half Day Tour

First Time Siena Medieval Tuscany Private Half Day Tour

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This is the perfect half day walking tour for first time travelers to Siena who would like to get a great introduction to this Medieval town with a fun and friendly Tuscan local! I am a professional tour guide with twenty years of experience showing travelers the beauty of Tuscany and introducing people of all ages (couples, families, groups) to the history and culture of Italy. My background is in foreign languages, art history and history, but I am also passionate about wine, food, culture, and above all sharing my region with visitors from around the world. This totally private tour can be fully customized to fit your needs and level of knowledge, please feel free to send me any information about you and your group before arrival.
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Siena Segway Tour

Siena Segway Tour

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Mix medieval times with the 21st century on this small-group or private 3-hour tour of Siena via Segway. Gliding around town on two wheels, follow your guide while learning about the history of the town and each place you visit. See this Tuscan town’s main attractions from a Segway, including Piazza del Campo, Piazza del Duomo and Basilica of San Domenico. Get a killer view from the imposing Fortezza Medicea. Opt to take the tour in the morning, afternoon or in the evening to better suit your time in Siena. The number of participants on this small-group tour is limited to just eight, so you’re sure to get plenty of personalized attention from the guide.
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Siena Food Tour

Siena Food Tour

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After a morning spent exploring the streets of Siena, see to your appetite with a lunchtime Sienese food tour. Enjoy a beautiful antipasto before enjoying a meal in a traditional Tuscan tavern. This culinary tour fits neatly into a long lunch break, making it easy to fit this tour into a full day of sightseeing.
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Discover the life of St. Catherine of Siena

Discover the life of St. Catherine of Siena

Learn about Saint Catherine of Siena, the patron Saint of Italy and Europe, on a 2-hour tour of her hometown. Visit landmarks such as the birthplace of Saint Catherine in Siena, and sacred sites related to her life. Your guide shows you where she worked, studied, and was buried, and shares commentary about her importance.
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Discover the Mendicant Orders Churches

Discover the Mendicant Orders Churches

On this 4-hour tour you will discover hidden corners of Siena and all its secrets. You will visit the four most important churches of mendicant orders in Siena: Basilica of San Domenico, Church of St. Agostino, Basilica of Santa Maria dei Servi and Basilica of San Francesco. The mendicant orders settled in Siena in the 13th century to the edge of the city, so as to build very large churches to welcome numerous faithful. These churches are placed in strategics positions, each in a cardinal point. You will thus have the opportunity to tour the whole city and to admire unique panoramic points. The churches are architecturally very interesting, typical Gothic and inside are kept great artworks from Sienese artists such as Guido da Siena, the brothers Lorenzetti, Sodoma, Francesco Vanni, Matteo di Giovanni. They are waiting for you, come and admire them!
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The beauties of Siena in a half day

The beauties of Siena in a half day

Our expert local guide will accompany you through the streets of the historic center. You will admire the famous square Piazza del Campo, where the Palio takes place twice a year and the majestic Palazzo Pubblico, the town hall. The tour continues towards the historic palaces Palazzo Tolomei, one of the oldest private buildings, Palazzo Salimbeni, headquarter of the oldest public bank in Europe. You will enter inside the Basilica of San Domenico and in the Sanctuary of St. Catherine, where the saint lived with her family. You will walk along the ancient via Banchi di Sopra, part of the via Francigena, one of the most important roads for pilgrims. The visit ends in Piazza Duomo, where you will be amazed by the wonderful Cathedral. The guide will take you back in time by telling you the extraordinary story of what had to become the largest Cathedral in Europe. During the visit it will be possible to taste some typical Sienese biscuits, Ricciarelli and Cantucci.
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Discovering Siena and the Cathedral

Discovering Siena and the Cathedral

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A two hours enchanting walk, discovering Siena most beloved places. The guide will accompany you through the streets of the city and inside the magnificent Cathedral. The tour begins in front of the Basilica of San Domenico, where the relics of St. Catherine are kept, then continues towards the Sanctuary of the saint. Passing through the characteristic streets, we will arrive at the famous Piazza del Campo, the main square of Siena, where the famous horse race, the Palio, takes place twice a year. The the town hall stands in this square, the center of Sienese politics, which also houses the important city museum. We will admire Fonte Gaia (Joyfull Fountain) and listen to funny anecdotes about the mysterious river called "Diana". The tour continues towards the Cathedral square, we will enter inside the Siena Cathedral to see the unique floor and other works of incomparable value by Donatello, Bernini and Michelangelo.
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Siena's most beloved legends: the untold city

Siena's most beloved legends: the untold city

A two hours enchanting walk, discovering Siena most beloved legends. Starting Point Basilica of Saint Dominic, where the detached head and finger of the holy Saint Catherine wait to tell You the story of the girl that changed not Siena, all Europe and church history. Second stop at the Malavolti Arch to gaze at the only ancient roman architectural feature left in place. Learn how and why Siena is closely tied with Rome. You will learn the fate of Mariotto and Ganozza, the story Shakespeare was inspired by in writing his Romeo and Juliet. We will turn around the romantic couple palace, Palazzo Mignanelli. Next stop: Piazza del Campo. Walking around this UNESCO site You will listen to the story of the first town hall bellman, who gave his nickname to the tower. We will stop to launch a copper coin into Fonte Gaia and listen to its waters telling us the story of the never found and mysterious Siena’s river and learn about the pixies that live in its underground galleries.
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