Excursions from Siena: the best day trips around Siena

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Joel Fulleda

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Siena, a masterpiece immersed in the enchanting Tuscany, is a wonder that shines with its own light. Medieval art, incredible views, green and golden countryside. An unmissable tourist destination for anyone who loves Italy and its cultural-artistic heritage as well as food and wine, with its inevitable wines and its ancient confectionery tradition.
A city, as well as its wonderful surroundings, strongly linked to its traditions, such as that of the Palio, famous all over the world. Discovering the neighboring villages will be an unforgettable experience, so don't hesitate any longer and immerse yourself in the true Tuscan culture. So here it is the best day trips from Siena.


  1. Pisa
  2. Firenze
  3. buonconvento
  4. Asciano
  5. Rapolano Terme
  6. Saint Gimignano
  7. Montalcino and San Giovanni d'Asso
  8. Montepulciano
  9. Castellina in Chianti
  10. Volterra
  11. User questions and comments

1 - Pisa

It is considered one of the best known Italian cities in the world thanks to its incredible Leaning Tower. A real concentrate of art that you can admire in the splendid Piazza dei Miracoli where the Tower, the Cathedral and the Baptistery are located: together, these three values ​​were defined by the poet D'Annunzio "Miracles", which is why the square began to be called in this way. Also visit nearby the cemetery, the Opera del Duomo Museum and the Sinopie Museum.
Take a break and enjoy an exquisite cecina, a thin savory pie made with chickpea flour, salt, water and oil.

Continue with a walk along the Arno river to the Palazzo dell'Orologio and the Piazza dei Cavalieri, seat of the order of the Knights of Santo Stefano and in the past the seat of the strong powers of the city, where the Normale di Pisa stands, one of the most beautiful in the world. If you happen to be in the city in June, don't miss the so-called "June Pisan" celebrations in honor of the patron saint, San Ranieri. You can also attend the Luminara, the San Ranieri Regatta and the Gioco del Ponte.

  • Range: 105 km
  • it is 105 km away - 1 hour 44 min by car along SFC Florence-Pisa-Livorno; alternatively the train from Siena station takes 1 hour and 40 min, € 10,90 each way - Get directions
  • times are always variable, consult the official website
  • the cathedral is free. € 8,00 for admission to the baptistery, cemetery and Sinopie museum. The tower € 18,00, requires reservation
  • Duomo and Leaning Tower of Pisa: 1 day tour with Leaning Tower reserved ticket from Florence

2 - Florence

It is indeed a masterpiece of Renaissance art, which has modeled each of its features. Capital of Tuscany, embodies the face of an elegant city thanks to its wonderful works: from Piazza del Duomo with the Basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore with the enchanting dome by Brunelleschi, to the Romanesque-Florentine baptistery of San Giovanni up to Giotto's bell tower, an incredible work of Florentine-Gothic architecture.

Then stroll to Piazza delle Signoria where the beautiful Palazzo Vecchio (or Palazzo della Signoria) stands: in the square, an important center of Florentine life, you can also see the Fountain of Neptune and reproductions of some famous works such as Michelangelo's David.
The Uffizi Gallery is beautiful, where you can admire extraordinary works by Leonardo di Vinci, Botticelli, Michelangelo and many other artists. Enjoy the city continuing on the Ponte Vecchio observing the ancient goldsmith shops and discover the medieval district of Santa Croce, the cathedral of Santa Maria Novella and Palazzo Pitti, the ancient residence of the Medici, framed by the wonderful Boboli Gardens

  • Range: 63,1 km
  • it is 63,1 km - 1 hour and 11 by car along the Florence-Siena motorway junction; alternatively the 131R bus from Siena-Via Tozzi in 1 hour and 15 min € 7,80 each way (€ 12,00 on board) - Get directions
  • For timetables of the main attractions in Florence, see 10 things to see in Florence
  • For the costs of the main attractions in Florence, see 10 things to see in Florence
  • 3-hour Vespa tour Florence Cathedral: skip-the-line guided tour of the dome

3 - Buonconvento

If you need some healthy relaxation away from the city, this village of 3 inhabitants in the Crete Senesi, just under 26 km from Siena is for you.
You will love walking in his old town built mostly in red bricks, more specifically, go to via Soccini where you can admire the Town Hall and the Museum of Sacred Art. All around you will find numerous bars and restaurants. Also visit the small church and observe carefully (on the facade of the Town Hall) i 25 coats of arms of the ancient Podestà, the rulers of the country until 1270.

This little town it is surrounded by the ancient walls built starting from the end of 1300, which offered protection for its inhabitants: they consist of 9 watchtowers (today 7) and two solid wooden doors, Porta Senese and Porta Romana, which allowed entry and exit from the village.
Other important attractions are Palazzo Taja, the church of Saints Peter and Paul which originated in 1100 today completely rebuilt, famous for being the place of death of Henry VII in 1313, and the museums of the Mezzadria.

  • Range: 26,8 km
  • it is 26,8 km by car in 40 min along SR2 and Via Cassia SR2 - alternatively in 28 min by bus S10, S77 and 114 from Porta Ovile (€ 3,00) or by train from Siena railway station in 28 min (€ 1,80) - Get directions
  • Mezzadria museum from Friday to Sunday: 10: 00-13: 00/15: 00-18: 00. Sacred Art Museums: Wednesday 9: 00-13: 00, Friday-Saturday, 09: 00-13: 00/15: 00-18: 00, Sunday 10: 00-13: 00/15: 00-18: 00
  • Mezzadria museum and Sacred Art museum € 3,00 each; the others are free

4 - Asciano

A little more than 25 km from Siena stands the ancient village of Asciano, in the Crete Senesi. A village of medieval origin which according to legend was founded by Ascanio, son of Remo and brother of the founder of Siena, Senio. During your visit you cannot help but visit the Collegiate Church of Sant'Agata and the small churches of San Bernardino, San Francesco and Sant'Agostino. The museums of the city display ancient artifacts and testimonies of the thirteenth and eighteenth centuries such as the wooden crucifix by Giovanni Pisano, the triptych of Rofeno by Ambrogio Lorenzetti and many other works of the Sienese fifteenth century.
Continue your visit with the Piazza del Grano and the Palazzo del Podestà, up to the Cassioli Museum dedicated to Sienese painting and sculpture of the th century. If there is time left, use it to visit the beautiful Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore, in the countryside of Asciano: it was founded by the Blessed Bernando Tolomei, a noble and rich lord of Siena who decided to abandon the comfortable life in favor of solitude and poverty.

  • Range: 25,7 km
  • it is 25,7 km away by car, which can be covered in 40 minutes on the SP438; by regional train from Siena railway station in 24 min (€ 4,70) - Get directions
  • Cassioli museum: (from 1 Oct to 31 Mar) Saturday: 14: 00-17: 00, Sunday: 10: 00-13: 00 holidays 10: 00-13: 00/14: 00-17: 00 (from 1 April to 30 September), Saturday and Sunday, holidays: 10: 00-13: 00/14: 00-18: 00
  • Cassioli museum and Palazzo Corboli € 5,00; the rest for free

5 - Rapolano Terme

This town is located in the splendid Crete Senesi, about 30 km from Siena. A land rich in thermal waters coming from the subsoil thanks to which some of the most famous spas in the area were born: the Antica Querciaiola and the Terme di San Giovanni. Relaxation and well-being for everyone, where even Giuseppe Garibaldi holed up to be able to heal his wounds. A perfect place to regenerate thanks to whirlpools, mud baths and hot baths.

In addition to the natural thermal waters, this city is also famous for travertine, a special stone that over the years has been deposited in the nearby springs and basins. Thanks to the extraction of this stone, numerous monuments have been created such as the facade of the cathedral of Pienza and the church of Provenzano in Siena, up to the church of San Biagio in Montepulciano. If you want an experience in contact with nature, we recommend a visit to the Gancia museum to be able to observe the whole path that from the olive growing and pressing leads to the delicious olive oil, a typical specialty of the area.

  • Range: 30 km
  • by car it is 30 km to travel in 31 min via SS73; alternatively by train from Siena railway station in 36 min (€ 4,70) or by bus 107,138, 063, S10, S17, S77 in 50 min from Siena-Via Tozzi (€ 3,00. € 5,00) . Get directions
  • San Giovanni: Monday to Thursday and holidays 9: 00-20: 00, Friday and Saturday 9: 00-1: 00. Antica Querciaiola: from Monday to Friday 9: 00-19: 00, Saturday 9: 00-1: 00, Sunday 9: 00-20: 00
  • San Giovanni: from Monday to Friday: € 15,00 Saturday and holidays: € 19. Antica Querciaiola: from Monday to Friday € 13,00, Saturday, Sunday and holidays: € 17,00

6 - San Gimignano

Is one among the most famous and ancient villages of all Tuscany, about 34 km from Siena, stands out for being UNESCO heritage since 1990 and for being known as the "Manhattan of the Middle Ages" for the considerable amount of towers that stood in antiquity, 65 in the period of maximum splendor. Today only 13 remain.
Do not miss the cathedral with its wonderful frescoes belonging to the Florentine school, such as the stories of Santa Fina by Ghirlandaio and San Sebastiano by Benozzo Gozzoli. In the picture gallery and in the civic museum inside the Town Hall you can also admire the beautiful works by Pinturicchio, Filippino Lippo, Domenico di Michelino and other important artists. In the Palazzo Comunale you can also visit Dante's room and then go up to the Torre del Podestà (or Torre Grossa) 54 meters high, the highest in all of San Gimignano.

Between one attraction and another also enjoy a good glass of Vernaccia di San Gimignano, a sweet and tasty white wine produced from the vines scattered on the nearby hills: the first vine seems to have been cultivated around the 200th century, bringing Vernaccia to become the first Tuscan wine with the Controlled Designation of Origin.

  • Range: 34,7 km
  • it is 34,7 km to travel in 53 minutes by car via the Florence-Siena motorway junction; alternatively with buses 130 and 133 i 1 hour and 20 min from Siena-Via Tozzi (from € 3,00 to € 5,00). Get directions
  • Palazzo Comunale, Pinacoteca, Torre Grossa: from April to September: 10: 00-19: 30, from October to March: 11: 00-17: 30, closed at Christmas
  • cumulative ticket for all Civic museums valid for two days € 9,00, reduced € 7,00; the rest for free
  • From Siena: San Gimignano, Montalcino and wine tasting

7 - Montalcino and San Giovanni d'Asso

It rises about 37,6 km from Siena, immersed in the hills of the Val d'Orcia. A medieval village with spectacular views and unique monumental and artistic masterpieces: from the wooden sculptures kept in the Diocesan Civic Museum of Sacred Art, to the neoclassical cathedral, to the church of Sant'Agostino and the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Soccorso and Sant'Egidio. Then continue towards the Town Hall with its high bell tower and the "big bell" and towards the countryside outside the town, where you will find the abbey of Sant'Antimo built with the unmistakable French-Romanesque style.

From this place you can admire the wonderful territories of the Val d'Orcia with its valleys and its good wine, such as Brunello, extra virgin olive oil, honey and other typical specialties to be savored in the traditional local taverns. On a nearby hill dominates with its castle San Giovanni d'Asso, a wonderful village famous for its Truffle Museum, an explosion of tastes and scents not to be missed.

  • Range: 37,6 km
  • it is 37,6 km away by car in 53 min via SR2 and Via Cassia / SR2; by bus with 112 or 114 in 1 hour and 33 min from Siena train station (from € 4,00 to € 8,00) - Get directions
  • Montalcino museums, Archaeological, Medieval, Modern collections: 10: 00-13: 00/14: 00-17: 50 (closed on Mondays if not public holidays)
  • for the whole civic museum € 4,50, reduced € 3,00 - Cumulative ticket Museum + Fortress (Museum of Montalcino + Truffle Museum of San Giovanni d'Asso) € 6,00; the rest for free
  • Montalcino: sunset wine tasting with dinner and cooking class Private transfer from Siena to Montalcino

8 - Montepulciano

This Renaissance village rises between the Val d'Orcia and the Valdichiana.Located on a limestone hill, this town looks like it came out of a warm-colored painting, from its enchanting historic center to its countryside surrounded by cypresses and golden valleys. Stroll from Porta al Prato to the Piazza Grande at the top of the hill where you will find the beautiful tower, the Town Hall with its gothic façade and the th century cathedral. Under the walls you can also see the temple of the Madonna di San Biagio, the work of Antonio da Sangallo the Elder, a work that even inspired Michelangelo for the basilica of San Pietro.

In addition to its artistic wonders, this village is famous for its Vino Nobile, one of the best known in the world, obtained thanks to the numerous vineyards that frame the town. Visit its monumental cellars or, if you are looking for relaxation and well-being, take a trip to the numerous and warm sulphurous waters of the area.

  • Range: 59,3 km
  • it is 59,3 km away by car, which can be covered in 1 hour via the Siena-Bettolle junction; by regional train from the Siena railway station and then by bus 112 in almost 2 hours (from € 6,00 to € 14,00) - Get directions
  • Crociani art gallery: from April to October open at 10 am-00pm (closed on Tuesdays), from November to February open on Saturday and Sunday 19 am-00pm
  • Civic museum, Crociani art gallery € 6,00, from 16 to 18 years € 4,00. Temple of the Madonna di San Biagio full € 3,50, free for children under 6 years, the rest free
  • tour of a cellar with wine tasting tour of the vineyards with lunch

9 - Castellina in Chianti

Immersed in the beautiful landscapes of Chianti, this citadel is ideal to stop and admire extraordinary views over an area rich in woods and wildlife. In ancient times it was also dominated by the Etruscan people as a strategic point of connection for maritime and northern trade: among the finds found we find the Tumulus of Montecalvario and, going towards Donato di Poggio, the acropolis that housed various funeral objects. In its historic center you can then observe the ancient fortress, designed by Giuliano da Sangallo, and the church of San Salvatore, totally rebuilt after the Second World War.

Also in Castellina there is no lack of good wine: you cannot miss a visit to the many wine bars scattered throughout the town and its countryside, obviously accompanied by an excellent tasting of cold cuts and cheeses prepared according to the famous Chianti pork-butchery art. A real treat!

  • Range: 23,3 km
  • it is 23,3 km away by car in 32 minutes via the regional road 222 Chiantigiana or the Florence-Siena motorway junction and SP51; alternatively by bus 125 from Siena-Ferrovia in 33 minutes (from € 2,00 to € 4,00) - Get directions
  • Archaeological museum: April and May, September and October: every day 10: 00-18: 00, from June to August:
    every day 11: 00-19: 00
  • Archaeological museum: € 5,00
  • Chianti wine and hills: day tour in deluxe van Visit to the Chianti hills

10 - Volterra

It is the oldest village in Tuscany with purely medieval characteristics. It is located a stone's throw from San Gimignano and about an hour's drive from Siena.

Over the centuries the village has safeguarded its authenticity thanks to its territorial "isolation" and it is thanks to the latter that still today you can admire artistic and architectural testimonies related to the Etruscan period, such as the historic center, the Pinacoteca, the Alabaster Ecomuseum, one of the symbols of the city, and the Museum of Sacred Art. Do not miss the Roman Theater, the thirteenth-century walls and the crossed, the imposing complex of towers. Of course, the tour cannot be complete without a visit to the city's cathedral!

An interesting curiosity is that right here some of the scenes of the second chapter of the Twilight series were shot in Volterra, location chosen by the writer Stephenie Meyer to be the city where the Volturi, the family of vampires who guarantee the laws, reside.

  • Range: 50,1 km
  • it is 50,1 km away by car in 59 minutes via the Florence-Siena motorway junction and SR68; by bus 130-131 or 770 from Siena Via Tozzi in an hour and 35 min (from € 6,00 to € 46,00) - Get directions
  • Pinacoteca from Tuesday to Saturday: 8: 15-9: 15, Monday, Sunday, holidays and 1 December: 9: 00-13: 00. Ecomuseum from 9:00 to 20:00. Museum of Art from 11:00 to 18:00 (except Mondays). Roman Theater from 10:30 to 17:30
  • Art Gallery € 8,00 full price, € 2,00 reduced (18-25 years, students, teachers), free under 18, over 65, journalists, Erasmus, disabled, ICOM members and in the days of celebration of the national artistic heritage. Ecomuseum € 8,00 full, € 6,00 reduced (children 6-16, over 60, Coop and TCI members). Museum of Sacred Art € 5,00, up to 18 years, over 65, students and group rates with a minimum of 20 pax € 3,00. Roman Theater € 5,00 full price, € 3,00 reduced (children 6-16, over 60, Coop and TCI members), € 3,00 groups of 15
  • San Gimignano and Volterra: full-day tour from Siena

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