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10 Best Food Tours of Siena

Good food is never missing when traveling. If knowing the typical dishes of each place is what you like the most, then nothing better than a gastronomic tour. Get to know the options that Siena has to delight your palate.

Nicolas Reffray

Nicolas Reffray

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10 Best Food Tours of Siena

Siena vineyards | ©Pug Girl

Like most Italian cities, Siena stands out for its incredible gastronomy. By signing up for one of its many gastronomic tours you will be able to taste its typical dishes, ranging from pasta and risotto to surprising preparations that have a deeply rural origin. Tuscan gastronomy is a true feast of flavor.

Taking a gastronomic tour is one of the best things to do in Siena, you will taste Chianti wines, Pecorino cheese, the best extra virgin olive oil in the world and many other delicacies. Depending on the option you choose, you can also take Tuscan cooking courses and learn how to prepare all these delicacies yourself. Here are the top 10 culinary tours in Siena and what you should know about them.

1. Participate in a traditional Tuscan cooking class

Cooking class| ©Edgar Castrejon
Cooking class| ©Edgar Castrejon

This experience will allow you to learn how to cook the best traditional dishes of the Tuscany region of Italy. You will learn all about pasta, meat dishes, different types of sauces, the traditional tiramisu and even vegetarian variants of the preparations.

The cooking class takes place at the Lella cooking school in groups of up to 15 people, so that you can get the most out of the activity. In this comprehensive culinary experience, you will prepare from starter to dessert, and to finish, you will dine on your own menu paired with a Tuscan Chianti wine.

This is certainly a great option, as you will not only have the chance to taste the best of regional foods, but you will also learn the secrets and art of Tuscan cuisine.

Details of interest:

  • Price: starting at €110 per person.
  • Duration: the experience lasts about 4 hours in total.
  • Means of transportation: transportation is by your own means, you have easy access to public transportation in the area.
  • Advantage of this option: the school has spacious facilities for your comfort. You will be able to taste everything you prepare.
  • Disadvantage of this option: vegan and gluten-free options are not offered.

Book one of the best Tuscan cooking classes in Siena

2. Take a Brunello Di Montalcino wine tasting tour

Wine tasting in Siena| ©CLAUDIA DEA
Wine tasting in Siena| ©CLAUDIA DEA

This tour takes you to the Montalcino area to tour the famous wine cellars. You will learn from your guide all about the winemaking process, as well as the history of the wineries and the regional wine industry.

The activity is limited to a maximum of 8 people, which avoids crowds during the tour and makes your experience much more personalized.

Included is lunch at a family winery and a tour of the village of Montalcino, along with its famous abbey of Sant'Antimo. Of course wine tasting is part of the tour. This is one of the best Siena wine tours you can take.

Details of interest:

  • Price: from €159 per passenger.
  • Duration: about 9 hours in total, approximately.
  • Means of transport: air-conditioned minivan.
  • Advantage of this option: you will have access to the winery, you will learn in detail the whole wine process.
  • Disadvantage of this option: the transfer is from a meeting point, you are not picked up at your accommodation.

Book a wine tour in Siena

3. Dinner in the vineyards of Siena

Barbecue| ©Aral Tasher
Barbecue| ©Aral Tasher

This is an enchanting evening in the vineyards of an iconic winery in the vicinity of San Gimignano. After being picked up from your hotel or airbnb, you will travel through the enchanting Tuscan countryside as you watch the sun begin to set.

Your guide will accompany you to see the winery and vineyards with the rest of the group. As you discover the place, he will tell you all about the wine and its production. Then you will sit at an outdoor table with festive decorations to enjoy a delicious barbecue and the best wine.

This is a fun experience that is definitely among the best things to do at night in Siena. It is also a different option, as most of the city's gastronomic tours are during the day.

Details of interest:

  • Price: from €89 per traveler.
  • Duration: about 5 hours in total, approximately.
  • Means of transportation: you will travel to the winery aboard an air-conditioned minivan from a meeting point.
  • Advantage of this option: the groups are small so that the experience is more welcoming.
  • Disadvantage of this option: it is not adapted for wheelchair users.

4. Take a walking tour with a gastronomic experience

Pecorino Cheese| ©Martí Vicente
Pecorino Cheese| ©Martí Vicente

In this activity you will walk the streets of Siena with a tour guide and a small group of up to 10 people, getting to know the best of the city. You will visit tourist attractions such as Piazza del Campo, monuments and jewels of the local medieval architecture.

During the walk you will make stops where you can taste regional delicacies such as the famous Chianti wine, Pecorino cheese, Tuscan salami, artisan bread, prosciutto, finocchiona and typical local sweets, such as the delicious ricciarelli, a sugary sponge cake that melts in your mouth.

The guide will also tell you about local myths and legends, and take you through streets and neighborhoods known only to the locals, making you feel like one of them. Undoubtedly, this is an extremely complete experience suitable for all tastes.

Details of interest:

  • Price: from 54 euros per person.
  • Duration: about 2 hours in total, approximately.
  • Means of transportation: the tour is on foot from a meeting point.
  • Advantage of this option: it combines tourist attractions with local gastronomy.
  • Disadvantage of this option: the entrance fee to the Duomo di Siena (site that is part of the tour) is not included in the cost. However, you can pay it on site and its value starts at 12 euros.

5. Live a gastronomic experience in the home of a native

Preparing pasta| ©Kevin Dibble
Preparing pasta| ©Kevin Dibble

This is a very interesting experience. A professional native chef from Siena will welcome you in his own home to teach you how to prepare a typical 4-course Italian meal. You will learn how to prepare a typical Italian appetizer, pasta dough and a delicious dessert. The class includes a tasting of Tuscan red and white wines.

The activity is a private cooking show, combining the most famous traditional recipes with Italian warmth and hospitality. This is an incomparable way to connect you with the city of Siena and feel like a local.

Not only will you take with you the learning of fantastic Italian recipes, but you will have as a souvenir a cooking apron and a nice shopping bag.

Details of interest:

  • Price: from 92 euros per participant.
  • Duration: the activity lasts about 2 hours and 30 minutes in total, approximately.
  • Means of transportation: does not include transfers, but you have at your disposal and comfortable public transportation.
  • Advantage of this option: highly intimate and first class experience.
  • Disadvantage of this option: the activity is not adapted for wheelchair users.

6. Take a cooking class in a country house

Tiramisu| ©Karen Neoh
Tiramisu| ©Karen Neoh

On this tour you will be taken in a comfortable air-conditioned minibus to the wine-growing area of the Chianti Valley, where you will be welcomed together with your group in a family farmhouse. There, the host will give you a lesson in which he will reveal all the secrets of Italian cuisine and you will learn how to make delicious dishes. Homemade pastas, bruschettas and tiramisu are some of the recipes you will learn in this hands-on workshop.

The guide will take you on a tour of the farm and tell you about the history of these wineries, which began as far back as 1825. Here, in addition to wine, honey and extra virgin olive oil are produced. Then you will have lunch with the product of the cooking class, along with a wine and grappa tasting.

This is a great experience that will take you to enjoy the Tuscan countryside in a different way. Ideal if you are looking for a real gastronomic tour in a relaxed and picturesque setting. There is nothing better than cooking overlooking the vineyards and hills of Tuscany.

Details of interest:

  • Price: starting from €346 (please note that this value may change according to the number of participants).
  • Duration: the experience lasts approximately 4 hours.
  • Means of transportation: private minibus with air conditioning.
  • Advantage of this option: vegetarian options are available.
  • Disadvantage of this option: it is not adapted for wheelchair users.

7. Pasta Love Experience, learn how to prepare the most delicious pastas and the best tiramisu.

Prosecco| ©Robert
Prosecco| ©Robert

This is another opportunity to learn the best regional recipes of Siena from a local chef. The chef will provide you with the techniques to obtain impeccable fresh pasta, both stuffed and plain. They will also teach you how to prepare tiramisu so that it comes out perfect.

At the beginning of the class you will be greeted with a tasting of snacks and appetizers to accompany them, the closing is the meal with the dishes you have prepared yourself. In general the appetizers are prosecco and nibbles, and the main course fresh pasta such as pici, tagliatelle or gnudi.

If you had pending to take a traditional Italian food class, this is an opportunity you should not miss if you are on vacation in the city of Siena.

Details of interest:

  • Price: from €140 per person.
  • Duration: the workshop lasts about 3 hours.
  • Means of transport: you must access by your own means, public transport in the area of the meeting is very accessible.
  • Advantage of this option: the groups are a maximum of 12 people to make the experience more profitable. You will become a master of Italian pasta.
  • Disadvantage of this option: it is not adapted for people with wheelchairs.

8. Have lunch and taste the best wines in a Tuscan castle

In Montalcino| ©Yuri Rapoport
In Montalcino| ©Yuri Rapoport

This is a tour that takes you to Montalcino. There you will walk through the hills to visit an exclusive winery and an authentic medieval castle. You will walk through the vineyards, accompanied by a professional sommelier, who will tell you all the story behind the production of the legendary Brunello di Montalcino wine.

You will then have the opportunity to taste three different types of wine and enjoy a three-course lunch, including cheeses and cold meats, homemade pasta and a delicious dessert.

In addition to the gastronomic aspect, the beauty of the surroundings and the imposing castle where the lunch takes place, make this experience a moment to treasure. This is undoubtedly one of the best 1 day tours to Tuscany from Siena.

Details of interest:

  • Price: from €64 per person.
  • Duration: the activity lasts about 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  • Means of transport: transfers are not included.
  • Advantage of this option: the guide is an expert sommelier.
  • Disadvantage of this option: it is not adapted for wheelchair users.

9. Wine pairing lunch at Brunello di Montalcino

Montepulciano| ©thy
Montepulciano| ©thy

In this experience you will not only delight yourself with a traditional lunch and the best wines, but you will have a pairing class where you will learn how to make the best culinary combinations.

In the hills of Tuscany you will visit two traditional wineries of Montalcino and Montepulciano, where you will learn all about the wines and their history. Lunch takes place in Montepulciano.

Groups for this activity are limited to a maximum of 8 travelers, making it a much more personalized experience. It is also suitable for all types of people and has almost no exclusions or limitations.

Details of interest:

  • Price: the price is from 250 euros per person (keep in mind that the price varies, according to the number of participants).
  • Duration: the activity lasts approximately 8 hours.
  • Means of transportation: you will be driven in a luxury minibus with air conditioning.
  • Advantage of this option: the bus picks you up from your hotel or airbnb.
  • Disadvantage of this option: it does not offer vegan or gluten-free options.

10. Get to know the best cheeses and wines in Pienza and Montalcino

Different cheeses| ©silvia_samo
Different cheeses| ©silvia_samo

This activity combines two pleasures of Italian gastronomy, cheese and wine. You will be taken to Val d'Orcia, where you will visit an organic dairy farm, to learn all about cheese production. In addition to the farm, you will visit a local winery in Montalcino to taste the iconic Brunello wine.

Not only will you delight your palate with this tour, but also your eyesight will have its share, thanks to the breathtaking landscapes of the Val d'Orcia vineyards, which are, along with Pienza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Details of interest:

  • Price: the price is around €700 (for groups up to 6 people).
  • Duration: about 8 hours in total, approximately.
  • Means of transport: you will be driven aboard a comfortable air-conditioned minibus.
  • Advantage of this option: includes pick-up at the hotel or place of accommodation.
  • Disadvantage of this option: not suitable for wheelchair users.