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“An architectural and historical gem”
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Siena Cathedral
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Owner description: The magnificent complex of the Cathedral of Siena, its Duomo, houses a series of some of the most important monuments of the European artistic panorama. With its more than one million visitors every year, the Cathedral without a doubt represents the fulcrum of the entire complex, while other significant elements include the Crypt, the Baptistery and the Museo dell'Opera, all part of the impressive mass formed by the "Duomo Vecchio" (Old Cathedral), and the "Duomo Nuovo" (New Cathedral). Visitors will travel along a memorable itinerary to the discovery of self and the truth of faith through culture and art, the result of more than a millennium of Western history.
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“An architectural and historical gem”
Reviewed January 22, 2013

From the Piazza del Campo or the main square of Siena, you can walk to the Siena Cathedral or the Duomo (Santa Maria Assunta or Most Holy Mary of Assumption), although it might be quite uphill in some parts (one, in particular, is a bit scary to climb if you are not wearing comfortable shoes).

The cathedral is a wonderful example of Italian Romanesque-Gothic architecture. The façade is just gorgeous, and the interior is decorated in fascinating black and white stripes and floor mosaics. The ceiling is decorated with stars.

Don't forget to take a look inside the Piccolomini Library with its magnificent ceiling and walls, and to take note of one of the steps to the Baptistery where a small cross marking where St. Catherine was tempted by the devil can be found.

The cathedral opens at 1030, so do not go there too early. The ticket to see only the cathedral costs about EUR3. In front of the cathedral is the Hospital of Santa Maria della Scala, which used to be the oldest functioning hospital in Europe.

Visited May 2012
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“Beautiful, historic cathedral”
Reviewed January 21, 2013

I lived in Siena for four months and studied Sienese and Italian history. This cathedral is a rich piece of history and architecture. Its a fully functioning cathedral with the grand walls of a newer cathedral built around it (the Sienese wanted it to be the biggest cathedral in Italy...before everyone died from the Black Plague and couldn't finish it) You do have to pay small fees for different parts of the building, but the main part of the cathedral is free to enter. Defintely a must see!

Visited April 2012
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“Top Tips for visiting Siena Cathedral”
Reviewed January 13, 2013

Tip 1: Once again, i have to say...if you are in Italy, you have to work in an Italian way which is....follow what the Italians feel like doing on that day! We went there and realised that the cathedral is free to enter BUT you canno enter until you go to the nearby booth to get an entrance ticket (which cost zero euros, zero franc, zero pound, zero krone, if you get what i mean? Literally $0.00. Free!). We are not sure why we need to get a ticket even if the entrance is free. And most of off, when we were queueing up at the booth, the lady behind the counter was trying to sell us a 2 euros ticket to see the cathedral library in the cathedral! We didnt want to and she showed us a very unhappy face like as if we were some cheapskate uni students.

Tip 2: We entered the cathedral and was not dissapointed. It was magnificient. Even the tiles on the floor were depicted in a very medieval old age era.

Tip 3: We pastby the library and had a peek in there. It was just some library that filled with manuscripts and we couldnt even be bothered looking further.

Tip 4: One good thing about this cathedral? There is a rest area where you can get cheap hot yummy chocolate from the vending machines and then go for a toilet break. You might need to pay some sort of toilet fee like 50 euro cents but we walked in without paying. Teehee!

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Visited December 2012
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

Wow! After seeing St. Peters for the first time, I thought that any church after it would be just okay. This is a must. We only purchased tickets for the Duomo and Baptistery, and it was enough for me.

Visited December 2012
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

I have been to the Duomo's in Rome, Milan, and Florence, I agree with many that this one is the most grand. I is a sight to see.

Visited December 2012
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