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“amazing and mind blowing experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Biblioteca Piccolomini

Biblioteca Piccolomini
Piazza del Duomo, 53100 Siena, Italy
+39(0577)283048
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Ranked #4 of 90 things to do in Siena
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“amazing and mind blowing experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

For 2 Euro more you can see the most amazing room in the Duomo. It is not to be missed. The ceiling is like nothing I've ever seen with the most vibrant colors. The texts that line the walls are also gorgeous. I could have spent the whole day just staring at the ceiling. You must see this room.

Visited November 2013
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“Must see when you visit the Duomo”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

The Biblioteca Piccolomini is one of the cathedral's greatest treasures and houses stunning frescoes on the walls and ceiling. Be sure to visit this room which is located on the north side of the Duomo and accessed from the interior of the cathedral. Also noteworthy is the statue of the Tre Grazie (Three Graces) which is located in the center of the room.

Visited October 2013
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“Unbelievable Color!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

The frescos in this library were the most impressive aspect of the cathedral to me. I could not believe the brilliance of the colors. Not to be missed!

Visited September 2013
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“History on show”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

Manuscripts on show from the 15th century as well as some striking murals. Stunning display, though quite small.

Visited October 2013
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“What makes this great is . . .”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

. . . you can spend as long as you like gazing at these wonderful works of art by Pinturicchio if you don't go at peak season. Generally the visit goes clockwise around the room and it is best to look at the right hand wall while you are on the left of the room, and vice versa. Otherwise it is too easy to get that tourist injury - the crick in the neck from looking at too much mind-boggling art set high on the walls! The whole room seems ablaze with the colours of the paintings which tell the story of Pope Pius II. We have made four visits to the Biblioteca during visits to the Duomo and we still have a longing to return to take in even more of the beauty. I chose the 2-3 hour length of time for the visit to include the cathedral.

Visited August 2013
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