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Biblioteca Piccolomini

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Address: Piazza del Duomo, 53100 Siena, Italy
Phone Number: +39(0577)283048
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It's difficult to describe this room: the best thing to do is to see with your oen eyes, you will understand

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

It's difficult to describe this room: the best thing to do is to see with your oen eyes, you will understand

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Vancouver, British Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

The brightness and vibrancy of the images were outstanding, and the 15th century hymnals amazingly brilliant colours.

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Petaluma, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

This library in a side room of the fabulous main cathedral of Siena is like a rich frosting on an already ultra flavorful cake. It contains many beautifully illuminated books. They made me think of Umberto Ecco's masterpiece "The Name of the Rose" that has to do with the creation of such books. But these books, any one of which... More 

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Elk Grove Village, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

They move you very quickly thru this tiny but spectacular room. Beautiful frescos and illuminated manuscripts

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Marvelously preserved with intricate hand-drawn details. The frescoed walls are worth photgrahing & statues in the centre of the room add the finishing touch (and make for at least a few good photos ;-)

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16 reviews 16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

It's inside the cathedral so part of that visit, but is totally amazing. It is the epitome of high Renaissance art, in terms of perspective, naturalism, narrative. Jaw droppingly beautiful.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

I had visited the Archivio di Stato earlier in the day and was totally underwhelmed by the Piccolomini in comparison. Small, overcrowded. Fine for what it is, but the Archvio di Stato, for me, has so much more, including around 60,000 books, (several kilometres worth apparently!)

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

The Piccolomini Library is located in a side chapel of Siena's Cathedral. A ticket to the Cathedral includes the Library, which is clearly signposted. It can get very busy so you have to walk round in one direction (indicated). It is stunningly beautiful. In Florence and Rome you get used to seeing rooms with lavish frescoes and painted ceilings, but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

The images show the life of Pope Pius II. It would be beneficial to have a guide book as i couldn't recognise the figures in the bethrothal of Frederick III to Eleonora of Portugal. in Italy there are frescoes in many churches, but these appear to be in the best possible condition. well done the conservators. The side chapel is... More 

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Canton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

The frescoes in the library are so pristine and the colors so vivid it is hard to believe that they are over 500 years old and never restored. Do not miss.

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