Attractions

Top Choice Cathedral in Siena

Duomo

Consecrated on the former site of a Roman temple in 1179 and constructed over the 13th and 14th centuries, Siena's majestic duomo (cathedral) showcases the talents of many great medieval and Renaissance architects a…
Top Choice Museum in Siena

Museo Civico

Entered via the Palazzo Pubblico's Cortile del Podestà (Courtyard of the Podestà), this wonderful museum showcases rooms richly frescoed by artists of the Sienese school. Commissioned by the city's governing body ra…
Top Choice Gallery in Siena

Pinacoteca Nazionale

An extraordinary collection of Gothic masterpieces from the Sienese school sits inside the once grand but now sadly dishevelled 14th-century Palazzo Buonsignori. The highlights are on the 2nd floor, where magnificen…
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Museale Santa Maria della Scala

Built as a hospice for pilgrims travelling the Via Francigena, this huge complex opposite the Duomo dates from the 13th century. Its highlight is the upstairs Pellegrinaio (Pilgrim's Hall), featuring vivid 15th-cent…
Top Choice Notable Building in Siena

Libreria Piccolomini

Cardinal Francesco Todeschini Piccolomini, archbishop of Siena (later Pope Pius III), commissioned the building and decoration of this hall off the north aisle of the Duomo in 1492 to house the books of his uncle, E…
Top Choice Square in Siena

Piazza del Campo

Popularly known as 'Il Campo', this sloping piazza has been Siena's civic and social centre since being staked out by the ruling Consiglio dei Nove (Council of Nine) in the mid-12th century. Built on the site of a R…
Museum in Siena

Museo dell'Opera

The highlight of this repository of artworks that formerly adorned the Duomo is undoubtedly Duccio (di Buoninsegna)'s striking Maestà (1308–11), which was painted on both sides as a screen for the high altar. Duccio…
Landmark in Siena

Battistero di San Giovanni

The Baptistery is lined with 15th-century frescoes and centres around a hexagonal marble font by Jacopo della Quercia, decorated with bronze panels depicting the life of St John the Baptist by artists including Lore…
Museum in Siena

Palazzo Chigi Saracini

Few buildings have pedigrees as splendid as this 13th-century palace. Home of the Piccolomini family (of which Pope Pius II was the most prominent member) during the Renaissance, it was acquired by the powerful Sara…
Museum in Siena

Museo delle Tavolette di Biccherna

Housed in the Renaissance-era Palazzo Piccolomini, Siena's state archives aren't a usual stop on the standard tourist itinerary but provide ample reward for those who choose to visit. The small on-site museum takes …