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“Absolutely Amazing - Don't miss it on your Cathedral tour” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Biblioteca Piccolomini

Biblioteca Piccolomini
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$140.79*
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Private Tour: Siena and San Gimignano
Ranked #3 of 105 things to do in Siena
Certificate of Excellence
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 678 helpful votes
“Absolutely Amazing - Don't miss it on your Cathedral tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2013

This is Stunning! The colours used on the Fresco's seem to be alive and it feels like it has just been painted. This is the best presented 'room' I have seen so far in Italy, and I've seen quite a few. Take the opportunity to sit around the edges and look at the detail.
NOT TO BE MISSED
Just be careful as this is part of the main Cathedral and while it is signposted it would be easy to miss.

Visited March 2013
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“Go into the library”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2013

We had finished looking at the cathedral, been impressed by the Bernini and Donatello works and finally figured out which sculpture was the real Michelangelo when my wife asked if wanted to "go into the library--apparently it's part of the tour." Wow, am I glad we decided to go in! The colors are amazingly fresh. Really worth the visit, especially if you get lucky as we did and visit when there isn't much of a crowd.

Visited March 2013
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Pelham, New York
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“Stunning!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2013

This seems recently restored, and it looks like a box of jewels! Frescoes and ornamentation cover the upper walls and ceilings. Along the walls, below the frescoes and behind glass, are large illuminated manuscripts from the fifteenth century. This is a small room off the main Siena cathedral, but well worth the extra minutes. Don't miss it!

Visited March 2013
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“Amazing colors”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2013

It is hard to believe the frescoes in here are hundreds of years old, they are so colorful and bright... it was fun to study the walls from the other side and discover pieces of gold attached to decorate capes, buckles and swords. True masterpieces! It is useful to take visit with a guide (ask at the desk once you're inside) or to rent a tablet so that you can understand the various scenes in the life of the Piccolomini pope to whom the "library" is dedicated.

Visited July 2012
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“Not to be missed”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2013

You can check out the library while inside the Siena Cathedral, as it is located in one of the cathedral wings. All sides of the library are just gorgeous to behold -- don't forget to look up! Its not very big though, so be ready for crowds.

Visited May 2012
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