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.

Biblioteca Piccolomini

Piazza del Duomo, 53100 Siena, Italy
+39(0577)283048
Website
Improve this listing
Ranked #1 of 57 Attractions in Siena
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Libraries
96 visitor photos
Write a Review

428 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    368
    54
    5
    1
    0
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Mainz, Germany
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

You need to pay in order to visit the Dome in Siena, and the Biblioteca is included so be sure you do not miss it as this is really wonderful: the paintings on the wall, the exposed books from 15th century etc.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Galway, Ireland
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

The library is a beautiful and quiet building - free to enter for all comers.....well equipped with various seating options, and sectioned really well for the various ages...

Was this review helpful? Yes
Northern New Jersey
Top Contributor
231 reviews 231 reviews
78 attraction reviews
172 helpful votes 172 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Went through during a self-guided tour. I wish I could have translated the text in the massive books. The artwork was magnificent and spend about 10 minutes total in the Biblioteca.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Swansea, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
22 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Simply stunning! Of all the places I visited in Italy in 2 weeks, this room had the most wow factor. You must see it!

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Hampshire
Top Contributor
101 reviews 101 reviews
38 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This is included in the ticket for the main Duomo and is a room set to one side. The ceiling is wonderful, it is full of light, there are fine fresco paintings on Pope (Piccolomini) Pius II's life and there are displays of fine illustrated medieval manuscripts.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Lake Placid, Florida
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
29 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

While visiting the Cathedral, it's worth visiting this side room with a beautifully painted ceiling and it's display of illuminated manuscripts.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Hertfordshire,
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Paintings that reveal more as you stare at the detail and nothing but admiration for the skill and work of the luminaires

Was this review helpful? Yes
Harrogate, United Kingdom
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Side room to left of cathedral, the full beauty of the wall and ceiling paintings not apparent until you enter. Not to be missed if you are in cathedral.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This is a treasure trove for art and historians. Such vibrant colors and a more intimate setting to really enjoy the space. The lighting is fabulous.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Georgetown, Texas
Top Contributor
219 reviews 219 reviews
66 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

The Siena Cathedral is great in itself but when you step into the Biblioteca you will be amazed. Fortunately it seems like you can stay and walk around as much as you want. The paintings and golors on walls and ceiling are so rich and unbelievable.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Biblioteca Piccolomini also viewed

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

Been to Biblioteca Piccolomini? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Biblioteca Piccolomini, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing