We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Basilica di San Domenico

Certificate of Excellence
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Piazza San Domenico, 53100, Siena, Italy
Phone Number: 390577286848
Website
Improve this listing
Today
9:00 am - 6:30 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 6:30 pm
Description:

This church features the shrine that contains the mummified head of the...

This church features the shrine that contains the mummified head of the renowned Saint Catherine.

read more
Book ahead on Viator
Recommended
More Info
$159*
and up
Private Tour: Siena Walking Tour
More Info
$182*
and up
Classic Siena Walking Tour
More Info
$63*
and up
Siena and San Gimignano Day Trip from Florence

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 340 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 126
    Excellent
  • 143
    Very good
  • 62
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Simple, Yet Large Basilica

Since the Basilica is going through reconstruction, it was difficult to appreciate this large and simple Basilica. Additionally, no photography is allowed (which I usually use to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 6, 2015
Travelinkers
,
Oldsmar

Similar Things to Do in Siena

Add Photo Write a Review

340 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
TX
Level Contributor
33 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

This basilica houses the head and thumb of St. Catherine. It has many other beautiful altars and artworks as well. There is a small gift shop in the basilica.

Helpful?
Thank littleswanTx
Brussels, Belgium
Level Contributor
10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

Impressive but somewhat cold and austere basilica. The way it's outside is towering over the city is more impressive than the interior.

Helpful?
Thank Maxim V
Oldsmar
Level Contributor
886 reviews
347 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 352 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

Since the Basilica is going through reconstruction, it was difficult to appreciate this large and simple Basilica. Additionally, no photography is allowed (which I usually use to help my memory of a place we visit). They do have the relic of the head of Saint Catherine. She was thought to have influenced the Pope to return the seat of the... More 

Helpful?
Thank Travelinkers
Cary, North Carolina
Level Contributor
93 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015

Siena is perched on (and in!) a hill, and San Domenico is on the very top. The inside is rather bland compared to other places, but still impressive. The relic head of St. Catherine of Siena is here.

Helpful?
Thank bestnanaever
Level Contributor
107 reviews
76 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

The church is going through restoration so I didn't have a great look. The place is big and you also see the head of St Catherine, which was interesting. The surrounding area is very nice. Try to find the hilly landscape next to the church because the views are amazing. There are a lot of steps but they are worth... More 

Helpful?
Thank HEESUN H
Malmesbury, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
215 reviews
87 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

Some interesting modern stain glass windows inside along with some heavy religious art. Packed with tourist parties so never relaxing. Currently undergoing major roof restoration so inside full of scaffolding. No photography allowed

Helpful?
Thank JonBunston
Phoenix, Arizona
Level Contributor
591 reviews
342 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015 via mobile

This is a church built for believers not for vanity. The bio of St Catherine of Siena is beautiful and this historical landmark, currently being refurbished, is a fitting tribute. We had just come from the Santa Maria Sobre Minerva where her other remains are venerated in Rome.

Helpful?
Thank Mike K
Level Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Just a very short walk from the main piazza. Go during the day and visit some of the open chapels (most of the church is being restored). The head of St Catherine is located there - weird by wonderful.

Helpful?
Thank Richard R
Detroit, Michigan
Level Contributor
10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

After battling mobs at holy sites in Rome and Florence, the solitude offered at San Domenico was surprising. Initially I had wondered if I was in the right place. But then I saw signs directing this weary pilgrim to St. Catherine, the basilica's most lasting and best known resident. Other than a quiet place to reflect on your trip to... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank K G
Melbourne, Australia
Level Contributor
25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

Church itself is very plain but still lovely to go and view, Holds the mummfied head and finger of st Katherine was a bit strange but interesting to have a look at. good view of siena from outside the church

Helpful?
Thank mooyman12

Travelers who viewed Basilica di San Domenico also viewed

Siena, Province of Siena
Siena, Province of Siena
 
Siena, Province of Siena
Siena, Province of Siena
 

Been to Basilica di San Domenico? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Basilica di San Domenico staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?