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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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Serious eye candy - beautiful room

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 12, 2015
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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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Florida
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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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Manchester, United Kingdom
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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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