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  • Address: Piazza del Duomo, Siena, Tuscany 53100, Italy
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Siena Cathedral (Il Duomo) Tours

Siena Cathedral (Duomo di Siena) is one Tuscany’s most beautiful churches, second perhaps only to Florence's Santa Maria del Fiore. The magnificent Gothic and Romanesque structure is hard to miss thanks to its tall spires, bold white-and-green stripes, and ornate facade. Inside, the cathedral is equally impressive with works of art by Donatello, Bernini, and Michelangelo.
 
The Basics
Appreciate Siena Cathedral’s wealth of art and architecture on a guided tour. Skip-the-line entrance tickets grant access to the church, crypt, and baptistry (Battistero di San Giovanni), along with the adjacent Piccolomini Library—frescoed by Pinturicchio—and the Museo dell'Opera. Explore the cathedral complex as part of a city walking tour or on a day trip from Florence to Siena, Pisa, and San Gimignano. Inside the cathedral, highlights include the marble pulpit and floor, numerous statues, and the Chigi and Saint John the Baptist chapels.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Modest attire is required to enter the church, so be sure to cover your shoulders and knees.
  • Walking tours of the cathedral complex and city of Siena cover quite a bit of ground; comfortable shoes are recommended.
  • While the cathedral is accessible via a secondary entrance to the left of the main staircase, the museum, crypt, and baptistry are not.
  • Photography isn’t allowed inside the complex.
 
How to Get There
The Cathedral of Siena is on Piazza Duomo in Siena’s pedestrian-only historic center. It can only be reached on foot.
 
When to Get There
Siena's cathedral has a breathtaking graffito floor, one of the most impressive in Italy. There are 56 marble panels of biblical and historical scenes, most hidden behind a protective covering and revealed for just a few weeks each summer. Try to time your visit for this period to view this masterpiece.
 
Siena Cathedral History and the Museo dell'Opera
The cathedral’s construction began in the early 1200s, and after almost a century, Giovanni Pisano, whose style was heavily influenced by his father, Nicola, completed the beautiful facade. Despite an impressive cathedral, Siena's ambitious ruling families decided in the 14th century to double the size of the existing structure into the New Cathedral (Duomo Nuovo). The plague stopped the plan, and today Museo dell'Opera occupies the only nave that was completed. Museo dell'Opera holds many of the cathedral's most important works of art, including Giovanni Pisano’s statues of prophets and philosophers that once adorned the facade and Duccio di Buoninsegna's Maesta. Duccio di Buoninsegna designed the huge rose window, and the gable’s glittering Venetian mosaics were added in the 19th century.

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Skip-the-Line Siena Cathedral Duomo Complex Entrance Ticket, Siena, null
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Skip-the-Line Siena Cathedral Duomo Complex Entrance Ticket

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Single ticket for 3 hours for the wonders of the Cathedral of Siena, Piccolomini Library, Museum, Panoramic Terrace, Baptistery and Crypt. Amazing experience ...  Read more

Location: Siena, Italy
Duration: 1 to 2 hrs

From USD $14.32
Tuscany in One Day Sightseeing Tour, Florence, Museum Tickets & Passes
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Pisa, Siena and San Gimignano Day Trip from Florence Including Lunch, Florence, Day Trips
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Pisa, Siena and San Gimignano Day Trip from Florence Including Lunch

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Florence Day Trip to Pisa, San Gimignano, and Siena with Lunch, Florence, Day Trips
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Discover three of Tuscany’s most iconic destinations on a full-day tour from Florence by coach. Snap photos of the famous Leaning Tower and Piazza dei Miracoli ...  Read more

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Highlights of Tuscany: Siena, San Gimignano, Chianti, and Pisa with Lunch in a Chianti Winery, ... 
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Highlights of Tuscany: Siena, San Gimignano, Chianti, and Pisa with Lunch in a Chianti Winery

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Enjoy the rich history and the art of the most spellbinding sights in Tuscany in a single memorable day with a delicious lunch including two famous Chianti ...  Read more

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Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

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Siena and San Gimignano: Small-Group Tour with Lunch from Florence, Florence, Day Trips
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Siena and San Gimignano: Small-Group Tour with Lunch from Florence

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Enjoy the high quality of this semi-private tour - the perfect experience in order to discover art, history, landscapes, food and wine in a comfortable and ...  Read more

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Private Walking Tour: Siena and its Treasures, Siena, Day Trips
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Private Walking Tour: Siena and its Treasures

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Discover Siena with a professional guide on this private tour to admire the beauty of this Tuscan town, like its Cathedral, the Baptistery and Opera Museum... ...  Read more

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Skip the Line: Siena Duomo and City Walking Tour, Siena, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Skip the Line: Siena Duomo and City Walking Tour

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Immerse yourself in Italy’s history on this 2-hour sightseeing tour. Explore Siena's UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town; discover Siena's central square, ...  Read more

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SIENA-SAN GIMIGNANO, Florence, Walking Tours
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Siena is a pearl in the Tuscan countryside, a countryside steel rich of ancient castles which show how life was going on in the middle ages. This tour will ...  Read more

Location: Florence, Italy
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MONTERIGGIONI - SIENA, Florence, Day Trips
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MONTERIGGIONI - SIENA

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