Recent Searches
Clear

COVID-19: Check local travel restrictions and learn what we're doing to help keep you safe and your plans flexible. Learn more.

Read More

Baptistery of San Giovanni (Battistero di San Giovanni) Tours

Baptistery of San Giovanni (Battistero di San Giovanni)
The Cathedral complex is among Siena’s top attractions, and it includes both the Duomo and adjacent Baptistery of San Giovanni (Battistero di San Giovanni). Echoing the Cathedral’s Gothic architecture, the stripped-down facade of the baptistery belies its sumptuous interiors, decorated by some of the 15th century's most important artists. 
 
The Basics
Appreciate the artwork by luminaries Donatello, Ghiberti, Giovanni di Turino, and Jacopo della Quercia on a tour of Battistero di San Giovanni. With skip-the-line tickets, see the baptistry, cathedral, and crypt, along with nearby Piccolomini Library and Museo dell'Opera. Visit on a Siena walking tour or a day trip to Siena, Pisa, and San Gimignano from Florence. The baptistery headliner is the ornate font decorated with biblical scenes and sculptures representing the Virtues. 
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Modest attire is required to enter the baptistery and cathedral; cover your shoulders and knees before entering.
  • Walking tours of the cathedral complex and city of Siena cover quite a bit of ground; comfortable shoes are recommended.
  • The Cathedral is accessible to wheelchair users, but the baptistery and crypt are not.
  • A deep-dive into the art-rich Duomo complex is a must for art history enthusiasts.
 
How to Get There
The Battistero di San Giovanni is part of Siena’s Duomo complex on Piazza Duomo in the pedestrian-only historic center, and can only be reached on foot.
 
When to Get There
One of the highlights of Siena’s Duomo complex is the graffito floor inside the cathedral, made up of 56 marble panels depicting biblical and historical scenes. The floor is hidden beneath a protective covering most of the year and revealed for just a few weeks in late summer. Time your visit to this period to view these rare works.
 
Siena’s Cathedral and the Museo dell'Opera
Construction on Siena’s Cathedral began in the early 1200s, and the baptistery was built a century later in the same Tuscan Gothic style. In the 14th century, work began to double the size of the church to create the New Cathedral (Duomo Nuovo), but the plague halted progress. Today, the complex’s Museo dell'Opera is housed in the only nave that was completed, and it holds many of the cathedral's most important works of art.
Address: Piazza Duomo, 8, Siena, Tuscany 53100, Italy
Admission: Varies
Read More

7 Tours and Activities to Experience Baptistery of San Giovanni (Battistero di San Giovanni)

Filter
Select Dates
Today
Tomorrow




Free Cancellation:Get a full refund up to 24 hours in advance on most experiences.See Details
Sort by:Featured
Siena Segway Tour

Siena Segway Tour

star-3
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.
More
  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$179.57
Price varies by group size
From
$179.57
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Siena 2-hour private tour with an expert guide

Siena 2-hour private tour with an expert guide

star-5
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.
More
  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$313.39
per group
From
$313.39
per group
Taking safety measures

Discover the life of St. Catherine of Siena

Discover the life of St. Catherine of Siena

Learn about Saint Catherine of Siena, the patron Saint of Italy and Europe, on a 2-hour tour of her hometown. Visit landmarks such as the birthplace of Saint Catherine in Siena, and sacred sites related to her life. Your guide shows you where she worked, studied, and was buried, and shares commentary about her importance.
More
  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$114.51
Price varies by group size
From
$114.51
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Siena: Guided tour of Siena INCLUDED Duomo

Siena: Guided tour of Siena INCLUDED Duomo

star-4
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
More
  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$30.13
From
$30.13
Taking safety measures

Private Walking Tour in Siena with an Expert Guide

Private Walking Tour in Siena with an Expert Guide

Prepare yourself for a journey through the well-preserved historic center of Siena, a UNESCO World Heritage site. On this two-hour private tour with an expert guide, soak up the delightful atmosphere of this famed medieval Tuscan city as your guide reveals the most important landmarks and share stories that bring to life the golden period that shaped the city that it is today.
More
  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$294.36
per group
From
$294.36
per group
Taking safety measures

Siena Walks

Siena Walks

Meet your expert guide for a delightful stroll around the town’s major landmarks starting from Piazza del Campo, the spectacular shell-shaped square guarded by the local Town Hall and the Torre del Mangia bell-tower. While walking through the atmospheric medieval streets, you will admire all of Siena’s major landmarks including the impressive Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, the Baptistery and the complex of Santa Maria della Scala, one of Europe’s oldest hospitals. You will also explore hidden corners of the “contrade”, the town’s neighborhoods that run the Palio.
More
  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
From
$178.39
Price varies by group size
From
$178.39
Price varies by group size

Siena Historic City Walking Tour with Cathedral Option

Siena Historic City Walking Tour with Cathedral Option

star-4.5
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.
More
  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$24.11
From
$24.11
Taking safety measures

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What's the best way to experience Baptistery of San Giovanni (Battistero di San Giovanni)?