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Biblioteca Piccolomini

Piazza del Duomo, 53100 Siena, Italy
+39(0577)283048
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Ranked #2 of 56 Attractions in Siena
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Libraries
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Woodbridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Absolutely amazing to see these murals and illustrated hymnals. The colours are as fresh as the day they were painted. Go see.

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Centreville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

Once inside the 'zebra' cathedral, proceed along the north(left) aisle and walk through the doorway to the Libreria built in 1495 by Cardinal Francesco Piccolomini (the future Pope Pius III) for the books he inherited from his uncle, Pope Pius II. A selection of magnificently illuminated medieval musical texts was on display when we visited. As you move around the... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

The walls are so vibrant and beautiful. The Duomo is worth a visit all by itself even without a stop in Piccolomini's room, but this is definitely the highlight. Only takes about ten to twenty minutes to make your way around, depending on how long you'd like to linger

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Lund, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

This is a true gem. Never mind the great artwork on the pages of the books the ceiling and paintings around the wall are not to be missed. Another great site in Siena.

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Leeds UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

What a wonderful ceiling - it takes your breath away and distracts from the manuscripts in glass cases round the walls. Don't miss it! As it is part of the admission to the Duomo - a most stunning cathedral - it's just a matter of making sure the Duomo hasn't overwhelmed such that you miss this out.

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Washington, DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

The frescos could have been painted yesterday they ate so bright. I loved the costumes and the details.

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Chatham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

The frescoes are beautiful in this tiny room off the main basilica, the books are works of art, a lovely room which is well worth a visit.

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Madrid, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

In this place inside the Siena Cathedral, you will find amazing fresco paintings It definitely worths the visit

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Mainz, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

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.

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Galway, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

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...

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