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Biblioteca Piccolomini

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Address: Piazza del Duomo, 53100, Siena, Italy
Phone Number: +39(0577)283048
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Private Tour: Siena and San Gimignano
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Absolutely extraordinary!

The place is really sublime. It is just a medium size room expository guidelines old large books done by very talented artistic monks. I never saw so nicely crafted books.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Cedric G
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Paris, France
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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The place is really sublime. It is just a medium size room expository guidelines old large books done by very talented artistic monks. I never saw so nicely crafted books.

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you visit the Cathedral, do try to go inside the small Library. We went as part of a tour group, and the guards let us enter the library, even though I think our tour tickets did not include the extra admission fee required for the library. I believe the artist of the frescoes was known as Pinturicchio. It's a... More 

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Gdynia, Poland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The attraction is in fact complementary to the Duomo and makes it a perfect match. While small (a few minutes will do), it is bright, colorful and not by any chance less detailed than the cathedral itself. Should you buy cathedral ticket only, there will be an additional fee of 2 euro.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A must see. The Cathedral in Sienna is spectacular inside; not to be missed. As soon as you get inside the cathedral venture towards the entrance to the Piccolomini on the left so you get to spend maximum time in their before the other tourists arrive. It is breathtakingly beautiful; the art work is incredible. Sit down and absorb it... More 

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Kerkdriel, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

an incredible place to visit. Very impressive paintings and impressive books as well. The stories behind the paintings are very helpful (audio tour) to better understand the background of this historical place

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Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When visiting the Duomo, you are able to visit this room off to the side of the main Duomo. Whether correct or not, you don't seem to need to buy another ticket for this, as suggested at the box office. The library is full of medieval manuscripts of early religious chants. The decoration of the room is really impressive, with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A fantastic room within the cathedral with magnificent frescos. You may want to take a very thorough look at each pieces because they worth it. Take photos even though they cannot give back the experience.

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Santa Monica, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Worth the visit. The entire complex was significant. Astounding art and architecture everywhere you looked!

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Northumberland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2016

Well worth a visit whilst visiting the Siena Cathedral (included in the ticket price). Built in the late 1400's by Piccolini, this is a very small but nonetheless impressive room to visit whilst in the Cathedral itself. The frescoes on the ceiling and walls contain bright and vivid colours. Choir books from early centuries with individual illustrations are illuminated (under... More 

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Serbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2016

Really interesting with a lot of nice art and of course medieval manuscripts. It is in the cathedral so you can visit that one as well.

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