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Mangia Tower (Torre del Mangia) Tours

Mangia Tower (Torre del Mangia)
Piercing the sky above Siena, the soaring Mangia Tower (Torre del Mangia) is a notable feature of the medieval town’s skyline. It affords views across the rooftops to the surrounding Tuscan countryside. Climb the hundreds of steps to the top, or admire this imposing bell tower in Piazza del Campo from below.

The Basics
Rising high above Piazza del Campo (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) is Torre del Mangia, a bell tower built between 1338 and 1348. It reaches nearly 300 feet (90 meters) above Palazzo Pubblico and was built to be the same height as the city’s Duomo to indicate church and state equality. The two towers still stand in historic Siena. 

Take in the bell tower and other highlights in Piazza del Campo on a walking or Segway tour of Siena’s historic center. Many Siena tours also include skip-the-line tickets to Siena’s Duomo, a Gothic masterpiece. Siena is a popular day trip from Rome and Florence, and many tours include stops in San Gimignano and Pisa.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The shell-shaped Piazza del Campo is one of Italy's most unusual, and it's particularly beautiful from above.
  • The top of the tower is only accessible via a climb of more than 300 steps—a trip that's not recommended if you fear heights or cramped spaces. 
  • The square below is accessible to wheelchair users and offers a view of the bell tower.
  • Kids especially love the thrill of climbing to the top of the tower for a bird’s-eye view.
  • Stop at one of the cafes and restaurants lining Piazza del Campo around the tower for a snack or meal.

How to Get There
Piazza del Campo is in the heart of Siena’s old town, and you can reach the square by foot or bus from the train station. Joining a small-group or private tour that includes transportation is a convenient way to visit, and it also lets you explore nearby Tuscan villages with ease.

When to Get There
Torre del Mangia offers views over Siena and the surrounding countryside. Climb to the top in the early morning or late afternoon for the best light and photographs.

Tower of the Eater
Torre del Mangia translates as Tower of the Eater. The name is a reference to the tower's first bell ringer, Giovanni di Balduccio, who was famous for "eating his earnings," in particular by spending them on good food, according to local lore. While a mechanical clock installation in 1360 eliminated the job, the name stuck.
Address: Piazza del Campo, Siena, Tuscany 53100, Italy
Admission: Varies
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Guided walking tour of Siena

Guided walking tour of Siena

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Siena is a treasure trove of historical, artistic, religious and cultural riches all to be discovered. The best way to do it is on foot, admiring the changes to the town over the centuries and enjoying the spectacular scenery and curious particulars. With an authorized guide you will be able to appreciate the major tourist attractions like Piazza del Campo, the true heart of the town, the Palazzo Comunale (Town Hall), the Cathedral and the majestic Basilica of San Domenico. There will also be no lack of references to the great noble families, such as the Piccolomini, Tolomei and Salimbeni, and their palazzos, to the great tradition of the Siena Palio, but also to the stories of pilgrimage and saintliness that distinguish the town. The walk continues with a visit to the Cathedral that preserves the treasures of artists like Nicola Pisano, Duccio di Buoninsegna, Donatello and Gianlorenzo Bernini, besides its marvelous marble floor, which is a unique example in the history of art.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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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
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$214.48
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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
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$167.75
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Siena Food Tour

Siena Food Tour

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After a morning spent exploring the streets of Siena, see to your appetite with a lunchtime Sienese food tour. Enjoy a beautiful antipasto before enjoying a meal in a traditional Tuscan tavern. This culinary tour fits neatly into a long lunch break, making it easy to fit this tour into a full day of sightseeing.
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Siena Magica Private Walking Tour

Siena Magica Private Walking Tour

On this private guided walking tour you will explore a city that has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will see its main and beautiful sites, such as the Cathedral of Siena, Piazza del Campo, Torre del Mangi, Fonte Gaia, Piazza del Mercato. The beautiful city of Siena is famous not only for its splendid and historic buildings and the picturesque landscape that surrounds it, but also for its cuisine, art, museums, medieval cityscape and, of course, the Palio, the famous horse race held here twice a year.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Siena and San Gimignano Private Shore Excursion for Cruisers

Siena and San Gimignano Private Shore Excursion for Cruisers

This private shore excursion has been designed for those who have already visited the famous cities of Florence and Pisa, and are interested in exploring other beautiful areas of Tuscany rich in charm, history, and culture. Siena’s history extends as far back as Ancient Rome as a Roman colony. For centuries since, Siena grew into a prosperous significant medieval town, a rightful rival to the neighboring Florence. One of the historic traditions that date back to ancient tribal systems retained in Siena, is the town’s 17 districts (contrade)- each with its own coat of arm and strong identity. Every July 2 and August 16 the Palio is held in Piazza del Campo. San Gimignano has a distinctive skyline which has earned it its nickname "Medieval Manhattan" of Tuscany. During the Middle Ages towers were a symbol of power, therefore prestigious families competed in building the tallest and greatest towers to establish their relevance in the community.
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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Siena Food tour

Siena Food tour

Enjoy a stroll through Siena with Silvia, a native of this spectacular medieval city nestled in the heart of Tuscany. Join her as she leads you through her hometown on a journey that will combine culture and gastronomy, awaken your taste buds and satisfy your cravings. This walking and tasting tour of the city takes you on a sensual voyage, where you will learn about the concept of Slow Food, a movement that began in Italy. Nibble on enticing delights such as local cheeses served with organic jams, artisanal cured meats (produced without preservatives or additives), bruschetta, truffles and more. Pair these tastings with some of Tuscany's best wines and finish your tour with a visit to a local baker, where you will get a unique glimpse into the workings of a Tuscan bread master. Conclude with a delightful tasting of Siena's famous sweets, many of which date back to the Middle Ages. An absolute must for food lovers, and anyone curious about Italian food culture.
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  • 2 hours
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Discover Siena with its Cathedral

Discover Siena with its Cathedral

Enjoy a small group tour to discover Siena with its famous monuments and hidden treasures on a walking tour. Benefit from our pre-reserved skip-the-line tickets for the Cathedral and never wait in a line again. Catch quiet moments in tucked-away squares and gardens as you troll through the winding and well-preserved medieval neighborhoods Learn the history behind the renowned Palio horse race from your expert guide.
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  • 3 hours
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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
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$307.77
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