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Biblioteca Piccolomini

Piazza del Duomo, 53100 Siena, Italy
+39(0577)283048
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Ranked #1 of 57 Attractions in Siena
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Libraries
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Northern New Jersey
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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.

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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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!

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Hampshire
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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.

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Lake Placid, Florida
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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.

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Hertfordshire,
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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

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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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.

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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.

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Georgetown, Texas
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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.

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Hasselt, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

When you pay the entrance of the Duomo (4eur) the visit of the Biblioteca is included. Beautiful place. We bought a combined ticket for Duomo, Biblioteca, museum, crypt and Baptistero : 12eur.

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Tremendous frescoes, just beautiful. Included in the SI pass. Doesn't take long to view but don't miss it!

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