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fourviolets
Hertford, UK426 contributions
Sep 2020
The views from the top were undoubtedly wonderful. However the experience of finding out how to buy tickets, and how to access the place, was really difficult. I was pointed to the museum in the corner of the square by the fourth person I asked. We were so confused about where to go, and finally we were in a room in a queue, not really sure if we were in the right place, being shouted at, then finally we were at the front of the queue in a small group who were again constantly shouted at to keep moving, my partner was shocked to find the narrow spiral staircase but we had no choice but to keep going. Then, there was a higher staircase that he was able to opt out of. Finally we were yelled at to get down again pronto.
The views were great but the wait for this is very long, and boy are they bossy and shouty.
this is for dedicated photographers and those who love high-up views, not for the faint-hearted and those with no head for heights.
Written October 4, 2020
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pingaroo
Chicago, IL2,191 contributions
Sep 2016 • Couples
We bought the Opa Si Pass, which is 13 EUR, plus 7 EUR for the Gate of Heaven tour (20 EUR in total). The pass is a great deal as it allows you to visit 6 attractions: duomo, library, opera museum, baptistery, crypt, unfinished facade.

After the duomo, the unfinished facade was our second favourite attraction. The panoramic views of Siena and the Tuscan countryside are fantastic and not to be missed. Visiting the terrace of the unfinished facade is well-organized. There is a small queue as only a small number of people are allowed inside at once. The visit is short (15 min) but sweet.
Written March 31, 2017
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Andrew S
Bellingham, WA1,046 contributions
Jun 2019
Can be difficult of access but is worth it. You get terrific views of the city and surrounding countryside from here. It's well worth spending some time in the Opera Museum as well.
Written May 13, 2020
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neal h
Columbus, OH75 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
Amazing view of surrounding hills. Tight twisty staircases to an incredible panarama and Vista

Not for those with a fear of heights
Written December 15, 2019
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PetterLundgren
Nacka, Sweden243 contributions
Jul 2019
The structure is impressive, but the builders run out of money. The Basilica was planned to be the largest one in the world. Still you can see the massive structures. When we visited the piazza there were a Jazz festival at the time. Music at the square...magic!
Written August 6, 2019
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riboflvn
Arizona60 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
If possible book a tour guide. Siena was an amazing place and one of the surprises of a month-long trip. Finding out this was supposed to be the new outer wall of the Duomo suddenly made sense! It’s position, height and style was part of a grander plan that had to be abandoned.
Written July 25, 2019
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Bruce
8 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
Entry through the Museo dell Opera and it alone is worth the entry fee. A moderate climb up narrow and twisting stairs to two different vantage points, both of which offer outstanding views over Siena and the countryside
Written May 29, 2019
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Conroe, TX2,065 contributions
Dec 2018 • Couples
Included in the all access ticket for the Cathedral. You must first enter the cathedral museum, which is very interesting in itself. At the end of the second floor of the museum, you will find the small door leading to the facia. There are two levels of small stone staircases leading to the very top. You may rest at the first level and take in some great views, but go on to the second set of stairs for even more amazing views. The stairs serve as both the ‘up’ and the ‘down’, so be aware if you are claustrophobic. You’ll have to hug the center column as the other person squeezes by you! From the top, you can see the entire city and get some amazingly panoramic views. We were there in December with only a couple of people there, so there was no wait.
Written December 16, 2018
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3derek
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK23 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
Siena is such a photogenic city, but it's not easy to get good general views (morning from sta Maria dei Servi; evening from San Domenico, Torre del Mangia if your heart is OK) This is one solution, and not as airily exposed as some guidebooks suggest.
Written September 20, 2018
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vaugc002
Crawley, UK286 contributions
May 2018 • Friends
Siena has two main viewing towers - the Torre del Mangia and the Facciatone (part of the Cathedral). Sadly the former was sold out so we chose this option instead.

It's actually included in the basic Siena Cathedral ticket, which gives entry to various attractions. The tower is essentially part of an unfinished wall of the cathedral - part of a plan that never came to fruition.

The queue on our day (a weekday) included approx 50 people lined up outside of the building. This wait seemed acceptable, so after approx 30 mins we made it to the front. However, after scanning in and climbing a few flights of stairs, we came to a hidden queue indoors, in a hot non-air-conditioned hall where another 100 or so people queued. There were no announcements or notifications, just a seemingly stationary queue. Every 15 mins a group would disappear and the queue would move forward before halting again fr another twenty. In total we queued an hour and a half.

Eventually we were ushered to the tower, where we joined approx 20 others in the ascent and reached the top. The views were incredible - genuinely some of the best I've seen in Italy but after maybe 5 mins, a staff member blew a whistle and ushered us back down.

I felt like I'd just visited a theme park, where you queue hours for a one minute ride It's pretty ridiculous management - I'd highly consider they have a set number of tickets like Torre del Mangia, and just sell out, as letting people queue without notifying them of how long it will be is poor to be honest. It's a real shame, because the view was amazing, but had we known the queue length, we most likely wouldn't have bought the ticket. And such a limited time at the top is really not on. Get it sorted Siena!
Written May 3, 2018
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