We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Battistero di San Giovanni

Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Piazza San Giovanni, Siena, Italy
Phone Number: 0577 286300
Website
Book ahead on Viator
Small Group
$91*
and up
Small Group Pisa Day Trip to Siena and San Gimignano Including...

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 271 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 137
    Excellent
  • 99
    Very good
  • 31
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Most recent review
Beautiful!!!!

The "simple" white marble façade hides a richly decorated interior, with b&w marble striped walls, amazing frescoes on the ceiling and the wonderful baptismal font, in bronze and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 4, 2014
Bruno_Brianezi
,
Campinas
Add Photo Write a Review

271 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Campinas
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
44 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

The "simple" white marble façade hides a richly decorated interior, with b&w marble striped walls, amazing frescoes on the ceiling and the wonderful baptismal font, in bronze and marble, sculpted by Donatello, Lorenzo Ghiberti, Jacopo della Quercia and others.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sydney, Australia
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
13 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Some good artworks and nice frescos however it would certainly not be worth the individual ticket. The duomo, the museum and crypt are so much better. It only takes 10mins but don't worry if you miss it.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Crown Point, Indiana
Top Contributor
126 reviews 126 reviews
83 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

This Baptistry behind the Duomo is very beautiful and contains paintings and sculpture, along with the large baptismal fount. Include it in your combo ticket - along with the Duomo and the crypt.

Was this review helpful? Yes
New York City, New York
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

The Baptistry is a must-see after visiting the marvelous cathedral. Although a religious building, it is a beautiful work of art that includes frescos, sculptures and other decorative features by some of the greatest Italian artists of all time, including Donatello and Ghiberti. If in Siena, don't miss it.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Montréal
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
21 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

after the splendour of the duomo, this seems a tad more low key. However, some interesting frescoes above the font.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Scottsdale
Top Contributor
454 reviews 454 reviews
181 attraction reviews
251 helpful votes 251 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

You can buy a ticket that includes five parts of the cathedral and this is one. If you do not buy the ticket then skip doing the baptistry on it's own.

Was this review helpful? Yes
London, England, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
27 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Breathtakingly colourful. There are some helpful mirrors on the benches to stop you ricking your neck, but I would advise taking a small pair of binoculars or opera classes, in order to enjoy the paintings even more.

Was this review helpful? Yes
London, England, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
15 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This is one of the wonders of Sienna, with views and wall painting from the very beginnings of Christianity in the city

Was this review helpful? Yes
Dublin, Ireland
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Billed as one of the best and it lives up to its reputation. One can imagine the ceremony of the baptism of the great and good of Siena

Was this review helpful? Yes
Antalya, Turkey
Top Contributor
97 reviews 97 reviews
61 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Another interesting part of the cathedral visit, but again spoilt by staff that resent the visitor intrusion and one man in particular that acts like a teacher as if he owns the place!

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Battistero di San Giovanni also viewed

 
Siena, Province of Siena
 

Been to Battistero di San Giovanni? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Battistero di San Giovanni staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?