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Skip the lines and gain entry to the majestic Siena Cathedral, located in the heart of Tuscany. Admire the stunning art pieces held in the Duomo, including statues by Michelangelo, Donatello and Bernini, and pay a visit to the breathtaking Libreria Piccolomini, frescoed by the great Pinturicchio.

Highlights

  • Gain skip-the-line access to the Siena Cathedral, a spectacular edifice located in the beautiful Tuscan countryside.
  • Witness the rare art pieces held in the Duomo, including sculptures by the Renaissance Masters, as well as the jaw-dropping Piccolomini Library, frescoed by Pinturichhio.
  • Enjoy panoramic views of the Tuscan countryside from atop of the Facciatone, the unfinished façade of the Nuovo Duomo.
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What to Expect

The Siena Cathedral, located in Siena, Tuscany, is a magnificent Duomo that showcases some of the most important aspects of the European artistic and architectural gamut. It has grown over the years in popularity, now drawing more than a million visitors each year. This means that there are always long queues for entry into the Cathedral, and you can skip those lines with these tickets and save time.

The Siena Cathedral complex, divided into the "Duomo Vecchio" (Old Cathedral), and the "Duomo Nuovo" (New Cathedral), contains an array of important sites, such as the Crypt, the Baptistery, the Piccolomini Library, the Museo dell’Opera, and the Diocesan Museum Of Religious Art. After skipping the lines, you can start with a visit to the Baptistery of San Giovanni, a stately 14th-century building that houses a few prime examples of Early Renaissance art, along with some of the finest 15th-century Sienese art to be found anywhere in the world. At the Baptistery you can admire the stunning frescoes painted by Lorenzo di Petro, also known as “Vecchietta”, such as the Twelve Articles of the Christian Faith series, painted in the vaults between 1447 and 1450. Another centrepiece you must see is the Baptismal Font, a towering creation in marble, bronze and enamel, worked upon by some of the greatest sculptors of the age, including Giovanni di Turino, Lorenzo Ghiberti, Donatello and Jacopo della Quercia.

From the Baptistery, you can descend further into the Crypt, a rare archaeological find that brought to light many of the breathtaking frescoes that are representative of 13th-century wall painting. It’s not just art, the brightly painted and patterned architecture of this section can shed some light on the Cathedral’s construction and design. After spending some time in the Crypt, you can head on to the Piccolomini Library, built by Pope Pius III to commemorate his predecessor and maternal uncle, Enea Silvio Piccolomini aka Pope Pius II, one of Siena’s favourite sons.. This vast library was decorated by Pintutichhio, whose frescoes of the life and times of Pope Pius II adorn the walls. Another spectacular sight is the vault of the library, decorated in the bright and vibrant “grotesque” style, which will have you craning your necks for a glimpse. If you keep your eyes peeled, you can catch an early cameo by the young Raphael, who worked with Pinturichhio on the frescoes as his apprentice.

Finally, your ticket includes free access to the Muse dell’Opera, which houses some of the greatest masterpieces of Italian and Renaissance art, rare manuscripts and codices, precious silks and jeweller’s art, and much more. Located in the north aisle of the Nuovo Duomo, the Museo dell’Opera is one of the oldest private museums in Italy. Here you can catch a glimpse of exquisite sculptures by Giovanni Pisano, reliefs by Jacopo della Quercia, and Donatello’s celebrated Madonna and Child with Four Cherubs. A large and ornate stained-glass rose window, originally made by Duccio di Boninsegna for the oculus above the Cathedral’s chancel, now frames one end of the ground floor, where you can get a closer look at its vibrant hues and intricate design. The highlight of the collection is the grand altarpiece designed by Duccio di Bunoninsegna, the Maestà. The panel on the front of this piece depicts the Madonna and Child Enthroned with Angels and Saints, while the back tells the story of the Passion of Christ. After your visit to the museum, you can end your tour with a climb up the Facciatone, the facade of the Nuovo Duomo, where you can witness wide and sweeping views of the Tuscan countryside. Ideal for art and history lovers, these tickets to the Siena Cathedral will serve as a great introduction to the Early Renaissance.

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Inclusions

  • Skip-the-Line Access to Siena Duomo
  • Access to Baptistery
  • Access to Crypt
  • Access to Piccolomini’s library
  • Access to Museo dell’Opera
  • Access to Facciatone
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Exclusions

  • Access to the Gate of Heaven (roof of the Cathedral)
  • Guided tour
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Know Before You Go

Dress Code

  • Please dress appropriately when embarking on this tour, since the Cathedral is a place of worship. Sleeveless shirts are not allowed, and your shoulders and knees must be covered when you enter.

Timings and Availability

The Siena Cathedral is open daily. The best time to visit is early in the morning or late afternoon. The timings are as follows:

1 March – 31 October: 10:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Sundays, public holidays: 1:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Eve of public holidays: 10:30 AM – 6:00 PM

1 November – 28 February (but not 26 December – 8 January): 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Sundays, public holidays: 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Sundays, public holidays: 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM

26 December – 6 January: 10:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Sundays, public holidays: 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Sundays, public holidays: 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM

The itinerary takes about two hours to complete, and the ticket is valid for three consecutive days from the first entrance to one attraction.

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Strict Cancellation Policy

This experience cannot be cancelled, amended or rescheduled.

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My Tickets

You will receive an email with your mobile voucher soon after purchase. Please display the same along with valid photo ID at the ticket redemption point to gain entry.

Ticket Redemption Point

Piazza del Duomo, 8, 53100 Siena SI, Italy. You will need to go to the Reservations entrance (Gate 1) to exchange the vouchers.

Getting There

The nearest bus station is Piazza Postierla: Bus 590 and S54 will stop here.

Validity

These tickets are valid for three days from the date of purchase.

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