With a few clicks you can see the Cathedral of Siena, the Opera Museum, the Baptistery, the Crypt and the Oratory of St. Bernardino with a 50% discount, avoiding long waiting times at the entrances.
Starting from the Cathedral, one of the most important for the Christianity, it's possible to set out on an artistic journey to discover a charming anthology of art works, from the mural painting with the frescoes of Pinturicchio in the Piccolomini Library to the sculptures of Nicola Pisano, Michelangelo, Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Donatello.
Then you will visit: the Baptistery, that houses the monumental baptismal font which was attended by Jacopo della Quercia, Lorenzo Ghiberti and Donatello, the Crypt, amazing thirteenth-century environment with a magnificent cycle of paintings, the Opera Museum with the great fourteenth-century altar-piece representing the Majesty by Duccio di Buoninsegna, the Panorama where it will be possible to admire the stunning view of the city of Siena and the surrounding Tuscan countryside, and at last, but not at least, the sixteenth-century Oratory of St.Bernardino where is conserved the famous Madonna del Latte of Ambrogio Lorenzetti.
Available in Italian, English, French, German and Spanish.
Cost: € 8,00
There are two museum shops, one inside the Cathedral and one inside the Museo dell'Opera, where it is possible to buy guide books in various languages, publications, and objects inspired by works of the complex.
The Library is open to the public from Monday to Friday, from 9,00 am to 12,30 pm.
Is open to the public by appointment only.
For information please contact Barbara Tavolari
Tel. 0577 530032
Only the Cathedral is accessible for disabled persons.
Started from an existing building, we have news of purchases of black and white marbles for its construction only starting from 1227. Remodeled several times, in 1339 it was decided to extend it even further in order to compete with the Duomo of Florence and to celebrate the richness and splendor of Siena; works were conducted by Lando di Pietro, then by Giovanni di Agostino and his brother Domenico, and finished by 1370.
Remarkable is the facade with the alternation of white marble, marble "red of Siena", and marble "serpentino of Prato", with the sculptural decoration of Giovanni Pisano and a beautiful central rose-window in Gothic style. Inside, the floor is made with a technique called "marble intarsia" with 56 panels showing the Revelation through the Scripture; beautiful also the stained-glass windows among which stands the one above the choir, made by Duccio di Buoninsegna. For the sculptural part, we note the Pulpit by Nicola Pisano made between 1265 and 1268 with an octagonal plan, columns placed on lions and representation taken from Biblical episodes.
Inside the Cathedral, built in 1492 at the will of Pius III, this refined environment was frescoed by Pinturicchio between 1502 and 1507 with episodes of the life of Enea Silvio Piccolomini (Pius II) and the beautiful Crowning of Pius III.
Made between 1317 and 1325 by Camaino di Crescentino, the Baptistery of St.Giovanni presents inside the beautiful ceiling vaults frescoed by Lorenzo Vecchietta starting from 1450 with the Articles of the Credo, and also the magnificent Baptismal Font made between 1417 and 1431 by Donatello, Lorenzo Ghiberti and Jacopo della Quercia.
This environment was brought to light in 1999 after more than seven centuries of oblivion; inside there is a magnificent cycle of paintings made between 1270 and 1280 of which we can admire the original and bright colours with Biblical Stories and decorations extended also on columns, pillars and capitals to create an environment of rare beauty.
Founded in 1869, this environment houses art works coming from the Cathedral, on the ground floor there is an important collection of fourteenth-century Sienese sculpture, inlcuding works by Giovanni Pisano, and the Tondo with the Madonna del Perdono by Donatello; the first floor is dominated by the magnificent altarpiece with the Majesty of Duccio di Buoninsegna made between 1308 and 1311, and also a collection of wooden sculpture and illuminated manuscripts, and the so-called Treasure Room with precious objects like the Reliquary of St. Galgano and the Golden Rose designed by Bernini.
It houses the Diocesan Museum where we can admire masterpieces of Sienese painting that go from the 13th to the 19th century, with frescoes by Ventura Salimbeni, Rutilio Manetti, Domenico Beccafumi, the so-called Sodoma, the so-called Vecchietta, and the magnificent Madonna del Latte by Ambrogio Lorenzetti.