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Is it worth doing the tour to Tuscany, including Siena, the day before the horse race?

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1. Re: Siena

Which tour to Tuscany?

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Viator does not run any tours, as it is only a booking agency with a poor reputation for after-sales service. Siena will be very busy the day before the Palio, and 2 hours is very little time to see this amazing city.

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Any suggestions for a tour to these historic towns - Siena, SG, not Pisa?

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Assuming you are staying in Florence, take a bus to Siena and look around at your own pace. If there is enough time left, take a bus to San Gimignano (change at Poggibonsi) and look around that tourist trap.

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I second sydneynick's excellent suggestion and add one I received in these forums, which turned out to be great advice - take an early bus, and have breakfast at Nannini on Banchi di Sopra. It's an awesome place to soak up the local atmosphere and I imagine it would be even more so the day before Palio.

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Definitely want to do a tour - thoughts?

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If you're really set on a guided tour, then at least look for one that lasts more than a couple of hours, and rather than booking through viator, book directly with the tour company. Googling it suggests a tour just of Siena is hard to find, most are like the one you mentioned above. Two hours is not long, and when a place is crowded, as Siena will be the day before the Palio, it's even less. You will end up seeing little and being constantly worried about "missing the bus"

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why do you 'definitely want to do a tour'? The day before Palio will be crazy...Siena will be packed and the city's stimulation on overload. Read up a little about Siena...take it all in.

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10. Re: Siena

Chester9cat is absolutely right.

Don't even think of visiting Siena during any events associated with the two Palios -- unless you know somebody who owns one of the palaces on the Campo.

I love Siena, but during Palio the town is a complete madhouse and one of the worst tourist traps in the world.

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