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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 reviewsmedieval hospitalarchaeological museumreligious relicsdifferent levelsmultiple floorsenormous complexcouple of hoursgreat collectionmedieval timestake pictureswell worth the visittwo hourstake your timeworks of artexhibitspilgrimschapel
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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

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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

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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

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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.

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Reviewed June 8, 2018

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

Thank Miotoni
Reviewed May 15, 2018

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

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

1  Thank UrbanDrifter
Reviewed May 8, 2018 via mobile

Went in here to kill a bit of time whilst waiting for the Duomo to open on Sunday afternoon. The place is massive, room after room of things to see, near the end I had had enough but my wife could have walk around for...More

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Reviewed April 17, 2018 via mobile

The museum in Lucca is another masterpiece of art and architecture.The Complesso Museale ed Archeological Della Cattedrale di Lucca and Cattedrale di San Martino is a beautiful place to get in touch with history. A must see.

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Reviewed April 8, 2018

S. Maria della Scala was the center of hospitality, then the modern day hospital, for hundreds of years. It represents all that is good about medieval Tuscany--welcoming pilgrims and those less fortunate, feeding and housing those in need. Some great artwork, restored frescoes, and of...More

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