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“Magnificent Duomo” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Siena Cathedral

Siena Cathedral
Piazza del Duomo, 53100 Siena, Italy
0577 286300
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Ranked #1 of 54 Attractions in Siena
Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: The magnificent complex of the Cathedral of Siena, its Duomo, houses a series of some of the most important monuments of the European artistic panorama. With its more than one million visitors every year, the Cathedral without a doubt represents the fulcrum of the entire complex, while other significant elements include the Crypt, the Baptistery and the Museo dell'Opera, all part of the impressive mass formed by the "Duomo Vecchio" (Old Cathedral), and the "Duomo Nuovo" (New Cathedral). Visitors will travel along a memorable itinerary to the discovery of self and the truth of faith through culture and art, the result of more than a millennium of Western history.
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“Magnificent Duomo”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

The gold-gilded, triangular-shaped façade of the Duomo di Siena is extraordinary in its magnificence. The duomo, like many Tuscan cathedrals, is constructed of layers of alternating courses of dark and light marble and is replete with marble statues, mosaics, frescoes, and paintings. Further, there is a magnificently ornate inlaid marble floor throughout most of the cathedral. That exceptional floor can only be seen occasionally, however, as it is often safeguarded from the ravages of tourists by protective wooden planks. My wife and I were fortunate to be able to see large parts of the floor when we were there; it is hard to imagine how the artisans of the past were able to produce such meticulous beauty with unsophisticated implements. The Duomo di Siena is so phenomenally gorgeous that it’s worth the trip even if the floor is covered.

Visited May 2012
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“Siena Cathedral”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

I visited Siena with family in April. I remember arriving at the duomo and thinking how lovely the exterior was, only to realise that was just the back of the cathedral. When we walked around to the front it was so intricately detailed. Inside was just beautiful and I liked the black and white stripe theme. You were able to take photos inside and a visit to the Piccolomini Library is a must. You should not miss the cathedral while in Siena!

Visited April 2012
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“An architectural and historical gem”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

From the Piazza del Campo or the main square of Siena, you can walk to the Siena Cathedral or the Duomo (Santa Maria Assunta or Most Holy Mary of Assumption), although it might be quite uphill in some parts (one, in particular, is a bit scary to climb if you are not wearing comfortable shoes).

The cathedral is a wonderful example of Italian Romanesque-Gothic architecture. The façade is just gorgeous, and the interior is decorated in fascinating black and white stripes and floor mosaics. The ceiling is decorated with stars.

Don't forget to take a look inside the Piccolomini Library with its magnificent ceiling and walls, and to take note of one of the steps to the Baptistery where a small cross marking where St. Catherine was tempted by the devil can be found.

The cathedral opens at 1030, so do not go there too early. The ticket to see only the cathedral costs about EUR3. In front of the cathedral is the Hospital of Santa Maria della Scala, which used to be the oldest functioning hospital in Europe.

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“Beautiful, historic cathedral”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

I lived in Siena for four months and studied Sienese and Italian history. This cathedral is a rich piece of history and architecture. Its a fully functioning cathedral with the grand walls of a newer cathedral built around it (the Sienese wanted it to be the biggest cathedral in Italy...before everyone died from the Black Plague and couldn't finish it) You do have to pay small fees for different parts of the building, but the main part of the cathedral is free to enter. Defintely a must see!

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“Top Tips for visiting Siena Cathedral”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

Tip 1: Once again, i have to say...if you are in Italy, you have to work in an Italian way which is....follow what the Italians feel like doing on that day! We went there and realised that the cathedral is free to enter BUT you canno enter until you go to the nearby booth to get an entrance ticket (which cost zero euros, zero franc, zero pound, zero krone, if you get what i mean? Literally $0.00. Free!). We are not sure why we need to get a ticket even if the entrance is free. And most of off, when we were queueing up at the booth, the lady behind the counter was trying to sell us a 2 euros ticket to see the cathedral library in the cathedral! We didnt want to and she showed us a very unhappy face like as if we were some cheapskate uni students.

Tip 2: We entered the cathedral and was not dissapointed. It was magnificient. Even the tiles on the floor were depicted in a very medieval old age era.

Tip 3: We pastby the library and had a peek in there. It was just some library that filled with manuscripts and we couldnt even be bothered looking further.

Tip 4: One good thing about this cathedral? There is a rest area where you can get cheap hot yummy chocolate from the vending machines and then go for a toilet break. You might need to pay some sort of toilet fee like 50 euro cents but we walked in without paying. Teehee!

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