Private tour in the footsteps of Saint Catherine of Siena
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Private tour in the footsteps of Saint Catherine of Siena

Free cancellation
Language: English , Italian , French , Spanish , German
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Discover the most evocative places linked to St. Catherine in Siena
  • See her only portrait and holy relics in the Basilica of San Domenico
  • Visit the imposing medieval complex of Santa Maria della Scala
What to expect

Discover the most evocative places linked to St. Catherine, the patroness of Italy and Europe who was born and raised in the magnificent city of Siena. Together with an experienced local guide, you will visit the basilica where the young woman took the habit of the Dominican Tertiaries, as well as the Saint's birthplace, where the beautiful Sanctuary of the House of Saint Catherine is located.

The experience begins inside the Basilica of San Domenico, where you'll see the extraordinary chapel that preserves the relic of the holy head of the Saint. You will also admire what is considered her only portrait made by Sienese artist Andrea Vanni in 1375.

The next stop will be the suggestive birthplace of St. Catherine, which became a sanctuary in 1464 shortly after her canonization. The sanctuary consists of three oratories with decorations of different periods, from the Renaissance to the Baroque and Sienese Purism, which will let you understand the intense mystical and diplomatic life of the Saint.

From the House of St. Catherine, you will descend towards Fontebranda, one of the oldest and most important medieval fountains, whose water was used by the dyers. Among them was Catherine’s father, Jacopo Benincasa. From the fountain, you will reach the Baptistery where the Saint received the sacrament of Baptism.

In front of the Duomo, you'll be struck by the imposing medieval building of the Hospital of Santa Maria della Scala, where Catherine used to help the sick and the poor. Visit the Oratory of Santa Caterina della Notte where she rested and prayed after her works of charity and assistance.

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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
  • Guides and all other staff are required to wear masks
  • Temperature screening is compulsory for all visitors
  • What's included
    • Certified tour guide
    • Private guided tour of:
    • Basilica of San Domenico (interior)
    • Sanctuary of the House of Saint Catherine (interior)
    • Baptistery (exterior only)
    • Oratory of Santa Caterina della Notte (interior, ticket not included)
    What's not included
    • Optional ticket to Santa Maria della Scala (around 9 euros for adults, discounts for groups and families)
    • Earphones for large groups
    Where

    Piazza Madre Teresa di Calcutta 5, 53100 Siena SI, Italy

    Meeting point:

    In front of Siena Tourism Programs and Services office, located on the opposite side of the Basilica of San Domenico.

    What to remember
    • Earphones might be required for large groups. They'll be provided at a small surcharge
    • The museum complex of Santa Maria della Scala is closed on Mondays
    • Please note that the order of the visits may change
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    When
    • Daily at 10.30am and 3.00pm
    • Please refer to the calendar for updated starting times and availability

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    Provider
    Siena Tourism Programs & Services - Società Cooperativa
    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the activity begins.

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