Chiesa di San Domenico
Casa Santuario di Santa Caterina
An air of serenity pervades this pilgrimage site which is the former home of the eponymous saint, her parents and 24 siblings (locals...
Scuola Leonardo da Vinci
Italian-language school with supplementary cultural programs.
Battistero di San Giovanni
The Baptistery is lined with frescoes and centres around a hexagonal marble font by Jacopo della Quercia, decorated with bronze panels...
Grotta Santa Caterina da Bagoga
Pierino Fagnani ('Bagoga'), one of Siena's most famous Palio jockeys, swapped his saddle for an apron in 1973 and has been operating...
Piazza San Domenico · interesting places nearby
Chiesa di San Domenico information
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. Catherine died in Rome but her head was returned to Siena – it's clearly visible in a 15th-century tabernacle above the altar in a signed cappella near the gift shop.
Also here are her desiccated thumb (in a small window box on the chapel's right) and a nasty-looking chain that the saint is said to have flagellated herself with.