On top of all that, there is a place in Siena where beauty is so concentrated that it is almost overwhelming: Piazza del Duomo.
If you don't want to miss anything, buy a special ticket that lets you visit all the treasures on the square, and will even save you a bit of money too. It’s called OPA SI PASS ALL INCLUSIVE and is a combined ticket that includes entry to all the museums comprising Siena Cathedral.
If you don't want to miss anything, buy a special ticket that lets you visit all the treasures on the square, and will even save you a bit of money too. It’s called OPA SI PASS ALL INCLUSIVE and is a combined ticket that includes entry to all the museums comprising Siena Cathedral. It costs 12€ from March 1 to October 31 and 8€ from 1 November 1st to February 28, and you’ll save more than 50% compared to the total amount of the individual tickets.
To visit everything you’ll need about 2 hours, but take your time: the Pass is valid for three days from the day of purchase! So, snap up the ticket and get ready for a wonderful journey! The Duomo – This is one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the whole of Christianity and one of the most illustrious examples of Romanesque-Gothic cathedrals in Italy. It is a treasure trove of incredible artistic gems: statues by Michelangelo, Donatello and Bernini, the pulpit by Nicola Pisano, paintings on wood and canvas as well as fresco cycles and extraordinary stained-glass windows. Plus, we mustn’t forget the unique treasure of the Duomo, which is usually kept out of sight: the floor.
This is one of the most incredible works of art of all time, a spectacular inlaid marble mosaic floor described by Giorgio Vasari as “the most beautiful, largest and most magnificent floor that ever was made”. As beautiful as it is fragile, the floor is normally covered by sheets in order to protect it, but in the last years it has been uncovered for a few months between June and October. In 2016, the floor will be uncovered from June 29 to July 31 and from August 18 to October 26.
The Cathedral leads to the splendid Libreria Piccolomini, frescoed by Pinturicchio. The Baptistery of San Giovanni – At the back of the cathedral, an impressive staircase leads to this gem. Admire the frescoes that completely decorate the magnificent vaults, the most extensive and articulated religious cycle of the Sienese Renaissance, and the splendid baptismal font by Jacopo della Quercia, Donatello and Lorenzo Ghiberti.
The Crypt – These underground quarters had remained hidden for more than seven centuries before they were brought to light with one of the most important archaeological discoveries in the past twenty years: a grandiose pictorial cycle dating to the thirteenth century. The Museo dell'Opera – In the museum you’ll find the originals of many works of the cathedral and some of the must-see treasures of Italian art, including the famous Maestà by Duccio di Buoninsegna – the largest altarpiece ever painted – the Golden Rose by Bernini, the Madonna and Child by Donatello and the Crucifix by Pisano.
Last, but not least: the Facciatone (big façade of the Duomo Nuovo) - a climb up to this panoramic terrace will take you to “the rooftop of Siena”. The views over the city and countryside will take your breath away!
If you are wondering “what exactly is this Facciatone?”: on August 23, 1339, it was decided to enlarge Siena Cathedral (the construction work had already begun in February). The project intended to keep the existing church, which was supposed to become the transept of the new cathedral, modifying the dome and creating a fore-structure with two aisles and a nave, six bays and a new apse. After 1348, due to the economic recession caused by the Black Death, which had decimated the population, and problems of statics that had emerged, the construction slowed down and eventually stopped. Following the abandonment of the Duomo Nuovo project, the construction was partially demolished. However, an enormous "trunk" still remained from this impressive building project, consisting of the facciatone, the side walls and the northeast facing nave. If that’s not enough, there is something more (albeit not included in the OPA Pass). From 2013, after extensive renovation, the Porta del Cielo (Gate of Heaven) is open to the public for some periods of the year! In 2016, you will be able to visit it from March 1st and it will be open until January 6, 2017.
OPA SI Pass All Inclusive (but the Gate of Heaven) 01/03-13/10 26/12-06/01 € 13,00 01/11-24/12 07/01-28/02 € 8,00 Opening times: 1 March – 1 November: 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 2 November – 28 February (but not 26 December – 8 January): 10:30 am – 5:30 pm Sundays, public holidays: 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm Eve of public holidays: 10:30 am – 5:30 pm 26 December – 8 January: 10:30 am – 6:00 pm Sundays, public holidays: 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm Eve of public holidays: 10:30 am – 5:30 pm Phone +39 0577 286300 email: email@example.com