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Complesso Museale Santa Maria della Scala

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This museum complex, which houses the National Archaeological Museum of Siena, began as a pilgrims' hostel and orphanage, then served as a hospital from the 10th century to modern day.
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Piazza del Duomo 1, 53100, Siena, Italy
+39 0577 534511
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All reviews religious relics multiple floors hospital ward enormous complex fascinating museum different levels couple of hours great collection wonderful frescoes two hours medieval times st catherine works of art take pictures well worth the visit take your time archaeological
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Reviewed November 3, 2018

We went to the acropolis section of the "oespedale" to see the old, damaged frescoes and Etruscan tomb stuff. Both of these were memorable to us from our visit there in 2012. The museum in this area is interesting, because you literally go back in...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank michaelmartman
Reviewed October 13, 2018

Spent a good two hours here and could have stayed longer. The chapel is a good but the underground areas with the excavations and tunnels is something to see and explore.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 2, 2018

The complex of Santa Maria della Scala, opposite the Duomo, served as a hospital for more than eight hundred years. It was, actually, one of the first examples of the “social abode”, the hospital not only for sick, but a caring facility for children, pilgrims...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Borzov
Reviewed September 13, 2018 via mobile

We loved this museum..it was an old hospital and is very surprisingly decorated. It's much larger and much more interesting than expected and is definitely worth a visit. The price of admission includes an audio tour (which you can pick up in the garderobe/cloakroom area)....More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank DvTh
Reviewed September 10, 2018

Visit this complex to see the wonderful frescoes that are situated in the Pellgrinaio. The building was established to provide shelter for pilgrims on the way to Rome. It is situated opposite the Duomo. The Ospedale also provided care for the sick and elderly, took...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Lesley S
Reviewed July 4, 2018

We were expecting a hospital museum but it is far more than that! There were your traditional works of art, relics of saints, crypts but very pleasingly there were a range of exhibits by very modern artists as well. It is a lot larger than...More

Date of experience: July 2018
3  Thank TAR100
Reviewed June 27, 2018

Whatever you do do not miss this wonderful place with a feast of fresco's and a history that is so very rich.

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank JohnD_10
Reviewed June 8, 2018

This is a truly beautiful contructed cathederal. Especially the outside with the carved pink marble. Very unique.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed May 15, 2018

It is a beautiful structure that acted as a hospital and provided shelter to pilgrims traveling through Siena. Definitely recommended.

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank hlew123
Reviewed May 11, 2018

We just loved it here and with all the lovely things to see it was certainly worth our while. So much to see in Siena but put this one on your list. Wonderful. Take your time to explore every nook and cranny as some of...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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