Santa Maria della Scala

Santa Maria della Scala: Our most recommended tours and activities

Siena Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

1. Siena Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

Explore the top sights in Siena with an interactive smartphone tour. Stroll through the city solving location-based riddles on this walking tour. See the rose window and elaborate façade of Siena Cathedral and view the facinating architecture in Piazza del Duomo. Solve puzzles outside of ten Siena attractions. Follow clues at each attraction to find your next destination. Enjoy the challenge of using logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to complete the game. Feel the satisfaction of solving each riddle. Have the freedom to pause or resume the tour whenever you want. Admire the city at your own pace. Uncover interesting information and facts about the city. Snap as many pictures as you want. You can start the activity any time, the schedule is indicative. Start your tour from the much-photographed Duomo! Visit the unique Baptistry of St John with its facade still under construction, you will still encounter the famous hill of the imposingness of Palazzo Piccolomini. Take a picture of the small central square Loggia del Papa and let yourself get lost in the Torre del Mangia, which when built was one of the tallest secular towers in medieval Italy. Visit the breathtaking Palazzo Pubblico. You will also pass by the Palazzo Buonsignori with its unique and world-renowned exhibits. Admire the exhibits of Santa Maria della Scala, once an important city hospital dedicated to the care of abandoned children, the poor, the sick and pilgrims. The Facciatone of Siena will fascinate you and your camera with its panoramic view! See, walk and relax in Piazza del Campo, considered one of the largest medieval squares in all of Europe. Known for its beauty and architectural integrity, it will be the icing on the cake of this tour!

Siena: City Introduction in-App Guide & Audio

2. Siena: City Introduction in-App Guide & Audio

Walk through a beautiful route of the city, discover hidden gems and visit 10+ of the most important attractions and spots. Learn some introductory information about each place and interesting stories about the city in general. Download the ‘World City Trail ‘app from the store and login. Read the instructions and head to the starting location. Unlock photos of the exterior and the interior of the location. Listen or read some information regarding the attraction and continue walking to the next checkpoint. Note what you liked and did not like and create your bucket list for the next days! Start your walk any time, without a schedule. Pause it for lunch, have a drink, visit an attraction of your choice, and continue later or even another day. With the maps feature, you will never get lost. Start your tour from the much-photographed Duomo! Visit the unique Baptistry of St John with its facade still under construction, you will still encounter the famous hill of the imposingness of Palazzo Piccolomini. Take a picture of the small central square Loggia del Papa and let yourself get lost in the Torre del Mangia, which when built was one of the tallest secular towers in medieval Italy. Visit the breathtaking Palazzo Pubblico. You will also pass by the Palazzo Buonsignori with its unique and world-renowned exhibits. Admire the exhibits of Santa Maria della Scala, once an important city hospital dedicated to the care of abandoned children, the poor, the sick and pilgrims. The Facciatone of Siena will fascinate you and your camera with its panoramic view! See, walk and relax in Piazza del Campo, considered one of the largest medieval squares in all of Europe. Known for its beauty and architectural integrity, it will be the icing on the cake of this tour!

Florence: San Gimignano, Siena, and Chianti Full-Day Tour

3. Florence: San Gimignano, Siena, and Chianti Full-Day Tour

Immerse yourself into the heart of the beautiful and unforgettable Tuscan countryside. Be picked up in an air-conditioned car or minivan and sit back as your driver takes you through the countryside on a semi-private or private tour. Discover stunning medieval sites on this one-of-a-kind self-guided tour, such as San Gimignano, also known as the "Medieval Manhattan" due to its 14 medieval tower houses that create a unique atmosphere, almost crystallized in time. Explore the magical atmosphere of Siena, famous for its horse race, the Gothic cathedral of Santa Maria Della Scala, typical sweets, and many other little treasures. Don't miss the Chianti region, and taste the region's typical plates, extra virgin olive oil, and wine on an authentic Tuscan farm. Walk through the cellars of local wine specialists and learn their secrets about making the Nectar of Gods. Delight your palate with many different kinds of Chianti, Morellino, Super Tuscan, and much more while you gaze upon the breathtaking views of Chianti Hills.

Siena: Santa Maria della Scala Sienese Art Exhibition Ticket

4. Siena: Santa Maria della Scala Sienese Art Exhibition Ticket

Admire a series of outstanding Sienese works of art at the Sienese Art Exhibit in Santa Maria Della Scala. Marvel at the most significant masterpieces from the collections of the Monte Dei Paschi di Siena bank and learn about Sienese art from the late Middle Ages to the early twentieth century. First, admire 13th-century pieces such as Madonna and Child by the Master of Tressa and Cristo Triunphans by Margheritone d'Arezzo, one of the oldest crosses in the Sienese territory. You will then discover the great painters of the fourteenth century such as Pietro Lorenzetti. Move on to fifteenth-century masterpieces which have been selected from local churches, including pieces by Stefano di Giovanni, also known as Sassetta, and Giovanni di Paolo. The sixteenth century is represented by artists such as Sodoma, Beccafumi, and Andrea Brescianino. Then, follow the path of the Caravaggesque artists, such as Francesco Vanni, Rutilio Manetti, and Francesco Rustici. Be surprised by the Baroque period with a series of large-format works by Bernardino Mei, Raffaello Vanni, and Domenico Manetti. Conclude the exhibition with nineteenth-century Tuscan academicism thanks to the birth of the Institute of Fine Arts, where artists such as Luigi Mussini, Cesare Maccari, and Giovanni Duprè grew professionally.

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What people are saying about Santa Maria della Scala

We had very good comments of the city History and helped a lot using google maps to go from une place to the next, not too many explanations as was expressed before buying the tour, is not an audio guide, we paid a guided tour inside the Dome and together complemented very well. Highly recommend to have a portable wifi for all the participants, because it uses data to operate, and don't forget your power cell to recharge your cellphone.

Nice experience, it allows you to get around the city and look for small details. A good nice alternative to the usual audio tour. Rather engaging even for the kids. Small flaw in some questions we could not understand what was requested and therefore we skipped the answer

Easy booking, easy to solve, even our 6 year old was able to join in. A great family experience where you can take your time so you can really see the city and not just solve the next puzzle. We'll definitely do it again in the next town

Very fun activity which gets you to see an overview of all the highlights. Great for families with children/teens and for those who don’t need to spend too much time in another church or museum

Interesting hints. Enough time to linger. Individual care. Extensive knowledge of the tour guide.