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Siena Cathedral (Duomo) Tours and Activities

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Siena Cathedral (Duomo)
The Siena Cathedral (Duomo di Siena) is one Tuscany’s most beautiful churches, second perhaps only to Florence's Santa Maria del Fiore. The magnificent Gothic and Romanesque structure is hard to miss thanks to its tall spires, bold white-and-green stripes, and ornate facade. Inside, the cathedral is equally impressive with works of art by Donatello, Bernini, and Michelangelo.
 
The Basics
Appreciate the Siena Cathedral’s wealth of art and architecture on a guided tour. Skip-the-line entrance tickets grant access to the church, crypt, and baptistry (Battistero di San Giovanni), along with the adjacent Piccolomini Library—frescoed by Pinturicchio—and the Museo dell'Opera. Explore the cathedral complex as part of a city walking tour or on a day trip from Florence to Siena, Pisa, and San Gimignano. Inside the cathedral, highlights include the marble pulpit and floor, numerous statues, and the Chigi and Saint John the Baptist chapels.
 
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 cathedral complex and city of Siena cover quite a bit of ground; comfortable shoes are recommended.
  • While the cathedral is accessible via a secondary entrance to the left of the main staircase, the museum, crypt, and baptistry are not.
  • Photography isn’t allowed inside the complex.
 
How to Get There
The Cathedral of Siena is on Piazza Duomo in Siena’s pedestrian-only historic center. It can only be reached on foot.
 
When to Get There
Siena's cathedral has a breathtaking graffito floor, one of the most impressive in Italy. There are 56 marble panels of biblical and historical scenes, most hidden behind a protective covering and revealed for just a few weeks each summer. Try to time your visit for this period to view this masterpiece.
 
Siena Cathedral History and the Museo dell'Opera
The cathedral’s construction began in the early 1200s, and after almost a century, Giovanni Pisano, whose style was heavily influenced by his father, Nicola, completed the beautiful facade. Despite an impressive cathedral, Siena's ambitious ruling families decided in the 14th century to double the size of the existing structure into the New Cathedral (Duomo Nuovo). The plague stopped the plan, and today Museo dell'Opera occupies the only nave that was completed. Museo dell'Opera holds many of the cathedral's most important works of art, including Giovanni Pisano’s statues of prophets and philosophers that once adorned the facade and Duccio di Buoninsegna's Maesta. Duccio di Buoninsegna designed the huge rose window, and the gable’s glittering Venetian mosaics were added in the 19th century.
Address: Piazza del Duomo, Siena, Tuscany 53100, Italy
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Skip-the-Line Siena Cathedral Duomo Complex Entrance Ticket

Skip-the-Line Siena Cathedral Duomo Complex Entrance Ticket

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The magnificent Duomo of Siena is one of the highlights of Siena’s UNESCO-listed historic center, but its popularity means that you could spend a long time queuing outside. This skip-the-line ticket ensures priority entrance and offers access to the Cathedral, the Piccolomini Library, the Baptistery of San Giovanni, the museum, and the Crypt.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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$14.72
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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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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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$24.53
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Best of Siena Guided Walking Tour

Best of Siena Guided Walking Tour

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Maximize time in Siena with a guided walking tour through the medieval city streets. See local landmarks including Piazza del Campo and the Siena Cathedral while hearing stories about the city’s history and architecture from a local guide. Explore a local district, called a Contrada, and learn about Siena’s famous Palio horse races.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$23.30
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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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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$36.80
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$36.80
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Hidden Corners of Siena Private Walking Tour

Hidden Corners of Siena Private Walking Tour

Explore the famous monuments and hidden treasures of Siena on this private walking tour. Stroll through winding and well-preserved medieval neighborhoods like the Old Ghetto and the Tower District, and take in panoramic views from the city's highest point. Admire the famous Siena Cathedral, catch quiet moments in tucked-away squares and gardens, and learn the history behind the renowned Palio horse race at the Museo di Contrada.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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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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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Half-day Private Walking Tour of Siena

Half-day Private Walking Tour of Siena

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Siena is one of Tuscany’s most picturesque medieval towns and this private walking tour is ideal for first-time visitors or those short on time. Take in the highlights of the UNESCO-listed center, stroll around lively Piazza Del Campo, and admire landmarks such as San Domenico Basilica, Palazzo Tolomei, and Cathedral of Siena.
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  • 3 hours
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$315.03
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Siena and Florence Private Tour from Livorno

Siena and Florence Private Tour from Livorno

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When your cruise ship docks in Livorno, benefit from a private full-day tour of Siena and Florence that covers the top attractions efficiently. Drive across Tuscany to see the Duomo in Siena, the Duomo in Florence (Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore), and take a walk across the Ponte Vecchio bridge. Stop into the Mercato del Porcellino to browse their Italian leather goods, before returning to Livorno.
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  • 9 hours
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$1,108.89
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$1,108.89
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Private Siena Traditions Tour

Private Siena Traditions Tour

Delve into Siena’s wealth of history—and learn all about the storied Palio horse race, which takes place in the city twice a year—on this private walking tour. Meet your guide in the morning at your local accommodation or in the city center, and explore Siena’s UNESCO-listed sights. See the Piazza del Campo, where the race is held, and visit one of the 17 contrade (districts) that compete. As you go, your guide will share stories and lore about this centuries-old event.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$183.98
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$183.98
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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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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$182.72
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Private Tour of Siena Cathedral

Private Tour of Siena Cathedral

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Opt for a personalized experience of Siena’s top attraction on a private tour of Siena Cathedral (Il Duomo). With just your private guide and party, you’ll discover easy-to-miss details in the cathedral’s interior and benefit from commentary integral to understanding the statues of Michelangelo and the art inside the Chapel of St. John the Baptist. Plus, booking in advance means you’ll save hours of waiting in line with a skip-the-line admission ticket.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$119.72
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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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  • 2 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$171.71
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Kid tour in Siena

Kid tour in Siena

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Explore Siena in a fun and kid-friendly way on this tour created for families with children. As you make your way through the city, your guide will engage young travelers with lively storytelling and riddles to uncover Siena’s secrets. Visitors of all ages will come away with deeper knowledge of local history, art, and traditions. This tour ends with a special surprise gift.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$193.22
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Siena 2-hour private tour with an expert guide

Siena 2-hour private tour with an expert guide

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Benefit from the personalized attention of your private guide on this 2-hour walking tour of Siena. Hear about the history and culture of this city, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll take in landmarks such as the Siena Cathedral, Piazza del Campo, and more as you stroll around the picturesque streets at a pace that is suitable for most people.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$122.65
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Siena: Guided tour of Siena INCLUDED Duomo

Siena: Guided tour of Siena INCLUDED Duomo

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Wonderful Tour of Classic Siena every Saturday and Sunday guaranteed departure at 11.00 am from Piazza Duomo. Expert local guide will introduce you, in an interesting and pleasant way, to the history of Siena, the Duomo, Piazza del Campo and other monuments of the city. We will talk about the Palio, the districts and visit the lesser known and most peaceful corners of the city. Duomo skip the line included adult rate 25.00 euros per person children between 6 and 12 years 10.00 euro per person children under 6 years free
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$30.66
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Siena Private Tour: Medieval City Exploration Game

Siena Private Tour: Medieval City Exploration Game

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Embark on a quest around Siena by solving clues to start a war between the famous Tolomei and Salimbeni families, all with the help of your smartphone. Unlock new stories as you discover on your own the Siena Dome, the historical center, Piazza del Campo, Palazzo Tolomei, and more. + Discover the second-oldest bank in the world + Uncover the secrets of the Palazzo Tolomei + Admire the beautiful fountain at Fonte Gaia + Take selfies in Piazza del Duomo Each riddle you solve will lead you from one place to another, giving you exact directions, so you won’t need a map, a GPS or a guide. When you solve it and guess the answer, the secret story of that place is unlocked. Start and stop whenever you want.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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$6.12
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Siena Cathedral: Private Tour

Siena Cathedral: Private Tour

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Widely considered among Siena’s top attractions, Siena Cathedral dates back to the 13th century—but the cathedral’s medieval history is easy to miss. On this tour, explore Siena Cathedral with your private guide and see the best of this impressive Sienese landmark in one comprehensive visit. Hear the hidden history behind artworks by Bernini, Donatello, and Michelangelo, and admire key features such as the baroque chapels and marble façade.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$147.18
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$147.18
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Learn & Go! Siena tour with an Italian language teacher as a guide!

Learn & Go! Siena tour with an Italian language teacher as a guide!

This tour is focused on the city but also on the language! Your guide, in fact, will be an Italian language teacher for foreigners who, in addition to taking you to the most beautiful places in Siena in a real art history tour, can also help you become familiar with Italian, musicality, idioms, words suitable for describing the works you will see. A truly unique guided tour! The duration of the tour is 3 hours and can be booked for each day of the week. The tour takes place only in Italian.
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  • 3 hours
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$249.92
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Siena&Montalcino with brunello wine tasting private full-day from Rome

Siena&Montalcino with brunello wine tasting private full-day from Rome

Escape from the noise of Rome and go get relax on a day trip from Rome to explore the village of Montalcino in Tuscany, worlwide famous for its prestigious wine Brunello. Montalcino is one of the highlights of the Val d’Orcia, a scenic area south of Siena. The approach to Montalcino is breathtaking, with Medieval spires and its huge fortress towering over the green valley below. Once you’re up there its narrow and steep Medieval streets and stone buildings are the perfect setting to sample some local wines. Not far away you can explore the medieval romantic town of Siena, rich in monuments, palaces and churches, no doubts it is one of the most beautiful Italian towns.
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  • 10 hours
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$451.17
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Siena photo tour

Siena photo tour

Siena photo tour is a new way of seeing Siena through the eyes of a local who will guide you through the city showing you its hidden treasures, panoramas, medieval towers, churches and palaces, alleys that otherwise alone you would never find and green valleys within the city walls. During the explanations you will have all the time you need to take pictures and ask the guide every question and curiosity that passes through your mind. At the end of the tour your eyes will be full of unforgettable images of Siena!
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$176.42
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$176.42
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Best Of Tuscany In 1 Day From Livorno: Siena, Monteriggioni, San Gimignano

Best Of Tuscany In 1 Day From Livorno: Siena, Monteriggioni, San Gimignano

IF YOU ONLY HAVE ONE DAY IN LIVORNO, THAT'S THE BEST TOUR YOU CAN DO, OUR VEHICLES REACH ANY RESTRICTED PLACE AND WE TAKE OUR CUSTOMERS INSIDE THE HISTORICAL CITY CENTER
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  • 7 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,071.09
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$1,071.09
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Siena Running Tour

Siena Running Tour

Siena Running Tour is a new way of visiting the city by exploiting the potential of running and combining fitness and culture. Visitors will have the opportunity to cover a geographical space wider than what you can usually see with a classic visit on foot and enjoy unaspected views. The starting point is the Fortezza Medicea, a traditional Sienese fitness place, from which your guide will give you a wide introduction to the history of the city, taking advantage of the spectacular view of the Cathedral, of the Torre del Mangia, of the ancient hospital of Santa Maria della Scala, in short, of the most important monuments of Siena, as well as, of course, of the fortress itself. Then we will proceed towards the city center, the Market square, ending the tour in Piazza Salimbeni, historical site of the Monte dei Paschi di Siena bank.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$201.62
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Siena Food Tour - TASTE SIENA

Siena Food Tour - TASTE SIENA

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The only real food tour of Siena - Our guided Siena Food Tour brings you to 8 distinct enogastromic locales within the historic center of Siena. Our tour will begin with classic Italian breakfast and includes a hearty lunch, so make sure to bring your appetite! Stops and tastings include "panforte" a 13th-century Sienese cake, handmade "pici," a Tuscan style of pasta, artisanal pecorino cheese, two wine tastings from the finest Tuscan vineyards, local dishes in a classic osteria, sweet bites in a famous 19th-century spice shop, and rich gelato in the heart of Piazza del Campo. All food and wine tastings are included in the ticket price.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$118.49
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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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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$315.03
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$315.03
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Photography course in Siena

Photography course in Siena

If you want to bring the special memories of your trip, see the city from a different point of view, feel its character and take it home - write to me. Plus I will give you all the info you need to improve your skills in urban and landscape photography.
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  • 1 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$39.95
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$39.95

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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Siena Cathedral (Duomo) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 38 Siena Cathedral (Duomo) tickets and tours on Viator.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Siena Cathedral (Duomo) costs USD 14.72. Guided Siena Cathedral (Duomo) tours start around USD 14.72 per person. See all 38 Siena Cathedral (Duomo) tickets and tours on Viator.
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