Top Choice Cathedral in Siena


Siena's cathedral is one of Italy's most awe-inspiring churches. Construction started in 1215 and over the centuries many of Italy's top artists have contributed: Giovanni Pisano designed the intricate white, green …
Top Choice Museum in Siena

Museo Civico

Siena's most famous museum occupies rooms richly frescoed by artists of the Sienese school. Commissioned by the governing body of the city, rather than by the Church, many – unusually – depict secular subjects. The …
Top Choice Square in Siena

Piazza del Campo

This sloping piazza, popularly known as Il Campo, has been Siena's civic and social centre since being staked out by the ruling Consiglio dei Nove in the mid-12th century. It was built on the site of a Roman marketp…
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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 pick of the collection is on the 2nd floor, inclu…
Top Choice Notable Building in Siena

Complesso Museale Santa Maria della Scala

This former hospital, parts of which date from the 13th century, was built as a hospice for pilgrims travelling the Via Francigena pilgrimage trail. Its highlight is the upstairs Pellegrinaio (Pilgrim's Hall), with …
Landmark in Siena

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 depicting the life of St John the Baptist by artists including Lorenzo Ghiberti …
Religious Site in Siena

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 joke her mother must have been a saint, too). The rooms were converted into small…
Gallery in Siena

Oratorio di San Bernardino

Nestled in the shadow of the huge Gothic church of San Francesco, this 15th-century oratory is dedicated to St Bernardino and decorated with Mannerist frescoes by Il Sodoma, Beccafumi and Pacchia. Upstairs, the smal…
Historic Building in Siena

Palazzo Comunale

The restrained, 14th-century Palazzo Comunale serves as the grand centrepiece of the square in which it sits – notice how its concave facade mirrors the opposing convex curve. From the palazzo soars a graceful bell …
Tower in Siena

Panorama del Facciatone

For an unforgettable view of Siena's unique cityscape, haul yourself up the 131-step, narrow corkscrew stairway to the Panorama del Facciatone. Entrance is included in the Museo dell'Opera ticket.