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Siena , Italy
Street Piazza Jacopo della Quercia
admission incl audioguide €6
Opening hours
9.30am-7pm Mar-May, to 8pm Jun-Aug, to 7pm Sep-Oct
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Lonely Planet review

Just north of Nuovo Duomo and down a flight of steps is the crypt , a room below the cathedral’s pulpit discovered in 1999. Its walls are completely covered with pintura a secco (‘dry painting’) dating back to the 1200s. There’s some 180 sq metres’ worth, depicting several biblical stories, including the Passion of Jesus and the Crucifixion.