Meet your guide in front of the church of San Domenico in Siena at 10:30am, easy to find even if you are arriving from out of town with your own car, as there is parking in the vicinity. Begin the tour with the magnificent Basilica of San Domenico to admire its architecture and art, as well as the important relic of the patron Saint of Italy and Europe: Saint Catherine who was born in Siena. Continue visiting Siena’s medieval streets and your guide 'll points out the most important historical buildings linked to the city’s main houses of power. Marvel at Rocca Salimbeni, housing the most ancient bank in the world, Monte dei Paschi, home to the main offices and an impressive collection of archives and works of art. Walk along the main road and discover the via Francigena, the main pilgrims route connecting commerce from the north of Europe to Rome. See Palazzo Tolomei, one the oldest private palaces in Siena and Palazzo Chigi Saracini, currently seat of the prestigious Accademia Musicale Chigiana, founded in 1923. Admire the Piazza del Campo built in the shape of a shell, with the impressive Palazzo Comunale or Town Hall with its bell tower, the Torre del Mangia. This is the square that enjoys one of the most famous medieval tournaments, the Palio horse race, held twice a year by the city's Contrada neighborhoods and is to this day, the heart and soul of this magnificent medieval city.
End the tour with a guided visit to the Siena Duomo where you see impressive masterpieces by Donatello, Bernini and Michelangelo. Admire the exquisite Gothic architecture, the ancient pulpit, and visit the chapels. Walk below the naves and marvel at the Renaissance busts of popes and the intricate marble decorations and stained-glass windows.