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Reviewed October 22, 2018 via mobile

On a lovely sunny day the tower is a great place to visit.

Very reminisant of St Mark's in Venice, just less crowded.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 19, 2018 via mobile

This was very impressive to see it is much bigger and taller then it looks in pictures!! Worth the walk up !!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Armstrong20
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Reviewed October 16, 2018

We were told by our driver in the Tuscany area that the Tower at Sienna was the one to climb and oh was he right. It was fun to do the climb as the stairs were narrow but not scarey if you are like me an afraid of heights. It was fun squeezing past people going in the opposite direction adn the views once you reach the top were amazing. The views should the twisty nature of the town and surrounding countryside. A must do. Safe and fun fro teens an older children.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Cjm819
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Reviewed October 15, 2018

One can imagine the Palio with horses running on the pavement. Siena captured my imagination 25 years ago and still holds magic today

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 12, 2018

An imposing sight in Sienna’s main square, you really can’t miss it and the opportunity to climb to the top was too much to resist. It really wasn’t clear from the signage by the ticket office how much it cost, with all sorts of different options being presented both as to which parts of the building you wanted to visit and the type of ticket (single, family, concessions, etc.). In the end we found it was €10, which is perhaps a little steep just for climbing a tower, but we went ahead anyway. The lady in the ticket office seemed quite miserable, with no hint of a smile, greeting or anything else to welcome us. A sign informed us that it was 400 steps to the top, but it was somewhat less than that, I think around 330 although I didn’t count precisely. The discrepancy may be due to the fact that the top of the tower housing the bells was roped off, with only the lower viewing platform being accessible. Many dire warnings were posted limiting your visit time to 30 minutes which included the ascent and descent. Further notices when you got to the top stated that you were only permitted to remain for 15 minutes, so they’re effectively charging €40 per hour for looking at the view. It all seemed a bit draconian to me, although I’m not sure that it was actually policed in any way. Along with the lady in the ticket office though, it certainly didn’t make you feel particularly welcome.

After climbing the first 100 or so steps, you come to a turnstile where you present your ticket. You also have to deposit any bags here, and there are (free) lockers provided for this purpose. The remainder of the climb is up a fairly narrow staircase with few passing points, so it was quite a tight squeeze when you met anyone coming the other way. There were a couple of slightly larger passing points, but it was very much pot luck whether you happened to be by one of these when they were needed. The view from the top was quite spectacular as might be expected with the whole of the town and the surrounding countryside laid out before you. It was a little unfortunate that you couldn’t quite see the whole of the square below you due to the fairly high and deep ledges in the way. I got a decent photo by leaning out and holding my camera right over the edge, without actually being able to see what I was taking. Despite not being able to progress to the belfry, the bells are still clearly visible from the lower level. All in all, one of those things that just has to be done if visiting Siena, although it could definitely be more reasonably priced and the staff more welcoming.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Blackth0rn
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