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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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Gorgeous frescos

The frescos illustrating Piccolomini's life are beautiful. We were intrigued by the perception of Scotland at the time - it seems to have a remarkable likeness to Tuscany!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The frescos illustrating Piccolomini's life are beautiful. We were intrigued by the perception of Scotland at the time - it seems to have a remarkable likeness to Tuscany!

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Valparaiso, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

Do not miss this part of the Cathedral! Such a detailed section with so much history. I recommend getting the audio headset that explains everything within the Cathedral, including these additional rooms. Well worth the added expense.

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

Series of frescoes by Pinturicchio tells the story of Aeneas Piccolomini who latter became Pope Pius II.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015 via mobile

This is a truly an impressive little library inside the Duomo. The manuscripts are well maintained under glass displays. The paintings on the wall depicting the life of the Pope are simply incredible. Take some time to simple admire the amazing art.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

This extraordinary combination of murals and books provides a wonderful insight into the significance of preserving our history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

I don't know if I've ever seen such well preserved frescoes, and the hymnals were beautiful too. Definitely worth a visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

There is a two Euro entry fee and it is worth every cent. They could charge much more. Wonderful illuminated choir books

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

The Library is dedicated to Pope Pious II by his nephew who later became Pope Pious III. Thus this family of Piccolomini is very significant in Siena. The library has a rich collection of manuscripts that the Pope had collected. It has many elegant choir books, frescoes depicting Pope Pious II and an elaborate ceiling. It is like a mini... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

The library has a fascinating history displaying the life of Pope Pius II in the elaborate frescoes commissioned by his nephew, Pope Pius III in memory of his uncle. The library requires a special ticket, but you can get a ticket for the entire Cathedral complex (cathedral, library, museum, tower with panoramic views, baptistry and crypt) for 8 euro from... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

Depending how interested you are in the history, a decent guidebook may be enough. If you wish to dig deeply, you must come better prepared. The library is a 'gift' of the famous Piccolomini family of bankers, politicians, statesmen, generals, popes and saints. The library features a splendid collection of illuminated choir books, a series of frescoes presumably after designs... More 

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