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Biblioteca Piccolomini

Address: Piazza del Duomo, 53100 Siena, Italy
Phone Number: +39(0577)283048
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Ranked #3 of 59 Attractions in Siena
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Libraries, Traveler Resources
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Type: Libraries, Traveler Resources

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51 reviews 51 reviews
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Off the north aisle of the Duomo Nuovo, the Piccolomini Library is a treasure of vividly colored 16th century frescoes by Bernardino Pinturicchio. They depict events in the life of Enea Silvio Piccolomini, who became Pope Pius II. Astounding frescoes adorn the walls and in a collection of beautifully illustrated books are displayed around the hall. One of the many... More 

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Campinas, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

I don't remember if it was necessary to pay more to see the library, but don't miss it! Not much to say: just go and see it by yourself! You won't regret!

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Methuen, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Beautifully preserved choir books in cases and a ceiling of color depicting a family history. Amazing color and pictures.

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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Wonderful colours on ceiling, glowing frescoes - & don't forget to look at the ancient books open in the cases.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Take out the audioguide at the Duomo and make sure not to leave the Piccolomini Library out - very interesting and worth a visit

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The most amazing frescoes cover the walls and serve as a stunning backdrop to the gorgeous illustrated manuscripts on display. The ceiling is fantastic too, its well worth visiting and is included with the multi ticket for the Duomo

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

These are the original? I am not an art lover but this place excited me. If you are in that area it is a do not miss.

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Hale, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

There's a combined 12 Euro ticket which gives access(over a three day period) to the Duomo, Baptistery, Crypt and Biblioteca - make sure you go to them all. The Biblioteca is gorgeous, with vivid frescoes and fascinating illuminated manuscripts that are in superb condition.

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