- Validity: 1 day
- Priority access
- Photos without flash
What to expect
- Admire the original statues of the Fonte Gaia
- Admire the frescoes of the Sala del Pellegrinaio
- Visit the National Archeological Museum
- Skip the line and don't waste your time
Many environments, many surprises
The building has been a hospital and a place to welcome the pilgrims until 1995, when it was transformed into the current Museum Complex. The name "della Scala" has been used since the 12th century and is due to its location in front of the steps of the Siena Cathedral.
It houses collections ranging from antiquity to modern times, in very different environments: from the Old Sacristy frescoed around the middle of 1400 by Lorenzo Vecchietta with the Articles of the Credo, to the Chapel of the Virgin so called for the eighteenth-century painting cycle that decorates it; the route then continues with the Church of Santissima Annunziata, with the Chapel of Relics frescoed by Domenico Beccafumi, up to the wonderful Sala del Pellegrinaio, built in 1320-1330 and characterized by a fifteenth-century painting cycle of great beauty and importance, created by Lorenzo Vecchietta and Domenico di Bartolo. This is the only pictorial testimony in Europe of the hospital life of that time, which shows a particular attention to details of clothing and architecture.
On the lower floor are the original marbles of the Fonte Gaia, the famous fountain in Piazza del Campo which was finished in 1419, but which unfortunately was damaged over the centuries; the one currently in the square is a copy, while here in the museum you can admire the fifteenth-century statues of Jacopo della Quercia representing Rea Silvia, Acca Larenzia and the Sapienza.
In the basements, since 1993, there is the National Archaeological Museum of Siena (collections of coins, seals and little bronzes) and the precious Treasure of Santa Maria della Scala consisting of a series of very important relics, some from Constantinople, among which stands out for example the Holy Nail of the Cross.
What is included
- Entrance with priority access
- Full-time entrance and you stay how long you want
- Reservation fees
- Access to temporary exhibitions
What is not included
- Guided tour
The following options can be purchased in addition to the tickets in the booking Wizard on this website.
- Young people between 12 and 19 years old (valid identity document needed at the entrance)
- Over 65 years (valid identity document needed at the entrance)
Free Ticket (it is still required to pay the presale to skip the line) :
Children under 11 years (valid identity document needed at the entrance)
Any handicapped person and the escort
The ticket is valid all day until closing time of the Museum starting from entrance time.
The entrance time written on the tickets may be subject to small changes depending on the actual availability of the Museum.
For a satisfying experience it is recommended to reserve at least 1 hour and half to visit the Museum.
The tickets will be sent via email within 24-48 hours after purchase (on weekdays) with instructions on how to get there and what to do to enter.
We inform you that, once booked, the date and time selected are binding. Please pick up your ticket at least 15 minutes before the reserved entrance. Who does not respect the time booked will not enter.
- The Museum has a maximum capacity of people, in some periods of the year or special days you may experience short delays or waits not dependent on the Museum or Italy Tickets.