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Siena's cathedral is one of Italy's most awe-inspiring churches...
St Catherine was welcomed into the Dominican fold within this imposing church and its Cappella di Santa Caterina is adorned with frescoes by Il Sodoma depicting events in her life...
An air of serenity pervades this pilgrimage site which is the former home of the eponymous saint, her parents and 24 siblings (locals joke her mother must have been a saint, too)...
Remarkably, this now-atmospheric, vaulted space was filled with debris until 1999 (with the rubbish having been deposited in the 1300s)...
Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore, a 14th-century monastery, is still a retreat for around 40 monks...
Along Via dei Rossi, is Chiesa di San Francesco, with its vast single nave. It's suffered over the years - from a devastating 17th-century fire and use as army barracks.
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