Basilica di San Domenico, Siena

4.1
Medieval Basilica di San Domenico dates from 1226, and still contains the original rectangular nave and transverse roof beams--as well as the head and finger of St. Catherine of Siena. Legend has it that her mother begged the Dominicans to bury St. Catherine's body at Siena, and as a compromise they sent only her head. The cathedral's towering transepts and small chapels are home to a plethora of Renaissance frescoes and paintings--including the only genuine portrait of St. Catherine of Siena, by Andrea Vanni. Arrange to visit Basilica di San Domenico and other attractions in Siena using our Siena online travel route planner .
Create an itinerary including Basilica di San Domenico
map
Basilica di San Domenico Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5
544 reviews
Google
4.4
TripAdvisor
  • A very austere but full of history place of worship which is still functioning. It houses the head of the city's most famous daughter, St Catherine of Siena (1347 - 1380). Catherine died in Rome after...  more »
  • The Church has grown, raw silhouette is impressive. Before the Church arcygenialny, an expansive view of the old town, one of those classic, famous postcards. The Interior of the astonishing volumes the empty space. A little interesting images (to the left of the input image from a Polish Holy, Jack (san Giacinto) passing of Lviv with the monstrance and the statue of the Madonna. At the end (rear) of the Church increase-and there is a good portrait of St. Catherine, b. close to the original. And in a side chapel, among the frescoes, something for people with strong nerves. Zmumifikowana head of the Holy patroness of Rome, Italy, Europe and my. The history of this relikwiii look, but please note, is gruesome. entrance free
    View original
  • Historically important site in Siena which houses the relics of St. Catherine, and pays tribute to her life. Her head and finger are the main attractions of this 13th-14th century edifice which a bit ...  more »
Google
  • The history of the place is very interesting and the relics first rate, though the Duomo has a lot more to catch your eye.
  • A very holy place. What on earth is that stained glass behind the altar? Rules should definitely be enforced when it comes to photography, it's hard to pray when you've got a line of people trying to take photos behind you and interrupting you.
  • The place may be right if youre into relics - what really put me off was when i learned they wont let a bus of christians get in as a whole - what? Seriously? Yes
  • A nice place. Big! It was under construction when we were there. It made it difficult to get really nice pictures.
  • What a special place to visit. They have the saint's incorrupt head on display in a lateral chapel. The inside is perhaps surprisingly austere- having a guided explanation helps. There is a gift shop. And if your group wants to have Mass, there is a lovely, intimate chapel directly behind the side chapel with her head. St. John Paul II celebrated Mass there and the staff are very accomodating. Calling a day or two ahead of time is sufficient.

Plan your trip to Siena

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Siena

To enjoy panoramic views of Siena's historical old town, check into a luxury hotel in the city center. If you are looking to escape the activity of the main tourist areas, consider staying at a hostel or guesthouse just outside the central areas. Private multi-room villas in the residential neighborhoods offer landscaped outdoor space and secure parking. For something a little different and considerably less expensive, explore one of many B&Bs in the vineyards and olive groves of Siena's countryside.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Siena by other users

12 days in Italy BY A USER FROM INDIA April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 22 days in Italy & Madrid BY A USER FROM PERU October, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: October, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 20 days in Italy BY A USER FROM PUERTO RICO March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 22 days in Italy BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 30 days in Italy & Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 30 days in Italy & Baton Rouge BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 30 days in Italy BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Siena BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 18 days in Italy BY A USER FROM EL SALVADOR July, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: July, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 55 days in Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 15 days in Italy BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 17 days in Italy BY A USER FROM BRAZIL April, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy
View more plans