The Siena Crypt is included in the Opa Si Pass which also includes the Cathedral and its pavement, the Piccolomini Library, the Opera Museum, the Baptistery, the Oratory of St Bernardino.
Let yourself be transported into the mysterious underground of the Siena Cathedral and instead of bare and dark places, you will literally remain breathless in front of the scenery that you will find: the wonderful Crypt.
We have to thank the works and excavations of 1999 if today we can admire with our eyes this amazing environment remained hidden for centuries, where time seems to stand still; in fact the protagonists of the place are the color, the vibrancy, intensity and brightness remained intact and that will make you incredulous about how the whole painting cycle has been able to remain unchanged all this time.
The thirteenth-century frescoes are realized by great exponents of the Sienese painting of that time like Guido da Siena, Guido di Graziano, Dietisalvi di Speme and Rinaldo da Siena and they cover both the walls and columns, pillars, capitals and corbels and depict Old and New Testament stories; wonderful masterpieces are represented by the episodes of the Crucifixion, the Descent from the Cross and the Deposition in the Sepulchre.
The path will also let you to admire other underground areas of the XII-XIV centuries which allow to deepen the study of the construction phases of the Cathedral and that make visible the foundations of the ancient apse and the thirteenth-century stone walls of what was to be the church choir.
A discovery that will then allow you to admire painting and ancient architecture and that sheds new light on the history of this beautiful Cathedral.