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

Private tour in the footsteps of Saint Catherine of Siena

Free cancellation
Language: English , Italian , French , Spanish , German , Portuguese , Russian
Availability: Every day
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: up to 3 hours
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 Hospital 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 the Sienese artist Andrea Vanni in 1375.

The visit continues on to 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 to the 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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What's included
  • Experienced local guide for 3 hours
  • 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
  • Santa Maria della Scala Hospital entrance ticket (around 9 euros for adults, discounts for groups and families)
  • Earphones for large groups

Piazza Madre Teresa di Calcutta, 53100 Siena SI, Italy

Meeting point:

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

What to remember
  • Please confirm the time of the tour directly with the local operator. You can find their contact information on the voucher after booking
  • Dress code required to enter places of worship. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders must be covered
  • Earphones might required for large groups. They'll be provided at a small surcharge
  • Please note that the order of the visits may change
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
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  • Every day
  • Please confirm the time of the tour directly with the local operator

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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 1 day before the activity begins.

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