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Biblioteca Piccolomini

Piazza del Duomo, 53100 Siena, Italy
+39(0577)283048
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Ranked #1 of 56 attractions in Siena
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Libraries
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Siena, Toscana, Italy
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59 reviews 59 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

If you are visiting the Cathedral of Siena, it is worth taking in a look in this side-room, which is a very unique frescoed room commissioned by the Piccolomini family to house the writings of Pope Pius II (although the writings were never sent back to Siena but remain in Rome, leaving the room to instead display a beautiful collection... More

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Alameda, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Incredible Renaissance decor - with great tromp l'oeil murals. Inside the duomo, so you can't miss it

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New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Beautiful illuminated manuscripts in large bold script sit below an exquisite vaulted ceiling that would do the Vatican proud. It was a serendipitous surprise amidst the grand cathedral. Wonderful!

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Orange County, CA
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13 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014 via mobile

The Siena Cathedral is a visual feast for the eyes and the camera, with the light and dark striped marble and stunning floors. However, don't miss out on the jewel colored frescos of this small room, located on the left side of the building. If we hadn't been on a tour, we might have overlooked it. The ceilings are exquisite,... More

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Austin, Texas
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

I can't say that I appreciate frescos and Renaissance paintings to the level that many people do....but this place was so amazing. It's a rectangular room within the Siena Duomo (so you must enter the Duomo to access the Piccolomini Library). You must pay to enter both the Duomo and the Piccolomini Library - there are different options but you... More

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Malta
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86 reviews 86 reviews
32 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Included in ticket price for the Duomo. Entrance is from inside the Duomo itself through a small door on the left side (when standing and looking towards the alter). Be careful not to miss it! Wonderfully painted walls and lovely inscribed old hymn books inside this small room crammed with treasures. Warning: your neck might get sore from looking up... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Not to be missed! The artwork on the walls and ceilings were outstanding ... got a kink in my neck from looking up for so long but well worth it. The library of 13th century hand written, hand painted bibles, song books was extraordinary!

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

I was already in awe by the cathedral, but when I entered my jaw just dropped. There's a short queue for entering the library, when inside you just walk in a row, people in front of you, people behind you. It's not too crowded though, so you can even stand for a while and watch.

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

Once you are in the main cathedral, you can visit the library which is truly amazing. Although it is a small room, it is well laid out and the frescoes are really a joy to look at. A must-see.

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vermont
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88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

We saw this as part of our Duomo visit, not really sure why it listed separate? You can't see this unless you also visit the Duomo. That said this library is stunning, every square inch is covered in the most beautiful artwork, well worth seeing.

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