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Siena tours and excursions

Siena tours

Wine tasting tours

There is an abundance of wonderful wines among the Tuscan hills, but it's hard to know where to start and, more pressingly, what to drink. Luckily, the plonk experts at Grape Tours take the hassle out of both with trips to vineyards, their surrounding countryside and quiet medieval villages. Running from Tuesday until Friday, different days take in different regions. Wine tastings and lunches included.

Tel: +39 349 866 2988.

Walking tours

A variety of walking tours are offered by Guide Siena with themes that include a general introduction to the city sights, religious architecture, pilgrimage routes in Siena and exploration of the city walls.

Tel: +39 577 43273.

Siena excursions

San Gimignano

One of the most popular full-day excursions from Siena is a visit to the medieval walled town of San Gimignano, famous for its ancient towers, built when wealthy families fortified their homes in the Middle Ages. It can be reached by bus from Siena in an hour.

Tel: +39 577 940 008.

Val d'Orcia

A half-day excursion can be taken into the rolling countryside of the Val d'Orcia to the south of Siena. The Val d'Orcia railway ( runs round trips on vintage trains in peak season. Times vary, so check with the operator.

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Featured Hotels


Hotel Italia Siena

Well situated for those arriving at the city by train, this friendly 3-star hotel is set outside the city walls and is convenient for drivers as it has a few private parking spaces. Rooms are clean and bright, and its superior and executive rooms have soundproof windows.

Hotel Athena

Inside the historic centre, just a 10-minute walk from the Piazza Campo, this smart hotel boasts a rooftop terrace where you can enjoy a cocktail and watch the sun turn Siena's buildings rose-coloured. Rooms have tiled floors, many also have balconies, and there is free Wi-Fi throughout.

Hotel Alma Domus

In the heart of the city centre, this hotel is actually part of ancient compound containing the Sanctuary of Saint Catherine. Watch the world go by from your balcony or take in the wonderful views of the cathedral. Rooms are basic but not shabby. Free Wi-Fi and a continental breakfast also included.

Campo Regio Relais

Renovated in 2012, this boutique hotel oozes style and luxury from its six well-appointed rooms. On a quiet cobbled street in the medieval old town, marble floors, frescoed walls and antiques abound. There are fabulous views from its terrace and from many of the rooms too. Enjoy a tot of grappa from its honesty bar.

Hotel Santa Caterina

Set just outside the city walls, at the Porto Romano gate, this small friendly hotel has medieval Tuscan charm and is furnished with antiques. There is a lovely garden, as well as a conservatory where breakfast is served. If coming by car, remember to book a parking space when reserving the room.

Hotel Garden

This hotel complex, situated around a 17th-century villa on the outskirts of the city, is convenient for business travellers. Set in parkland, it features a swimming pool, tennis courts as well as conference and banqueting facilities. You can also enjoy a terrace bar and cable television in every room.