Tour of The Gate of Heaven

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starting from 23
  • Validity: 3 days
  • Guided Tour
  • Mobile Ticket
  • Priority access
  • Photos without flash
  • Cathedral accessible

What to expect

  • A walk near the frescoed ceiling of the Cathedral, watching the unique pavement from above and a marvelous outlook of the town of Siena
  • The masterpieces in the Cathedral of Siena
  • The frescoes in the Piccolomini Library

One step from the sky

The Gate of Heaven

To the sides of the Duomo facade there are two towers. On the top of them, a marvelous itinerary begins: little groups of tourists with an expert guide can walk near the frescoed ceiling of the Cathedral, watching from above the unique pavement inside, and the wonderful view outside. 
Some rooms, after an important restoration, are now open to the public, after centuries. Now you can walk on the dome gallery and admire the stained glass windows by Ulisse de Matteis, the important sculptures and the depiction of the four Siena Patron Saints. 

The Pavement

The pavement of marble pieces of the Cathedral is a unique masterpiece. Several artists, as Beccafumi, Pinturicchio, Domenico di Bartolo, worked on it from the 14th to the 18th century. They used the "graffito" technique. Now it is undercovered from August to October. 

The Cathedral

Many important artists worked in the church that now is a kind of artistic anthology of different periods. You can admire artworks by Nicola Pisano, Duccio di Buoninsegna, Michelangelo, Donatello, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Beccafumi, and many others. 

Piccolomini Library

Pope Pio II, the Sienese Enea Silvio Piccolomini, was a fine intellectual. On the Library walls, Pinturicchio's frescoes tells Pio II's life. In the cabinets are shown illuminated books from 15th and 16th century. 

The crypt and the Baptistery

The itinerary goes on in the crypt of the church: here there is a frescoed cycle of 13th century Sienese painting school. 
In the Baptistery you can appreciate artworks by Donatello, Jacopo della Quercia and Lorenzo Ghiberti

Museo dell'Opera del Duomo

The itinerary ends in the museum. Here it is shown the very famous Majesty by Duccio di Buoninsegna, the sculptures by Giovanni Pisano, originally on the Cathedral facade and other important artworks by Bernini, Donatello and others. 
From here you can get on the unfinished facade of the Duomo Nuovo and admire the wonderful panorama on the town of Siena and the Tuscan country. 

What is included

  • Entrance with priority access
  • Ticket valid 3 days
  • Reservation fees
  • Access to temporary exhibitions

What is not included

  • Guided tour

Available options

The following options can be purchased in addition to the tickets in the booking Wizard on this website.

Price reductions

Reduced/Half Ticket:

  • Children from 7 to 11 years (valid identity document needed at the entrance)

Free ticket:

  • Children up to 6 years (valid identity document needed at the entrance)
  • Disabled persons and their escort

To remember

  1. The ticket is valid 3 days starting from the time of issue, but the admission to the Gate of Heaven is allowed only for 30 minutes.

  2. The entrance time written on the tickets may be subject to small changes depending on the actual availability of the Complex.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. For safety reasons, access is strongly discouraged for visitors wearing high-heeled shoes. It is recommended to use closed shoes with non-slip soles (no slippers, flip flops, sandals etc.).

  6. We do not recommend the visit to people suffering from heart, vertigo and to all those who are in unsuitable health conditions for climbing and crossing elevated places.

  7. Access is prohibited to visitors with backpacks or  large bags. Please note that the deposit of personal effects is not allowed in the OPA Museum Complex.