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Siena , Italy
Piazza San Giovanni
admission incl audioguide €6
Opening hours
10.30am-7pm summer, to 5.30pm winter
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Remarkably, this now-atmospheric, vaulted space was filled with debris until 1999 (with the rubbish having been deposited in the 1300s). Now you'll see 180 sq metres of 13th century pintura a secco ; these 'dry paintings' (also called 'mural paintings') contrast with frescoes which are painted on wet plaster, making them more durable. Buy tickets from the duomo ticket office.