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Biblioteca Piccolomini, Siena
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Biblioteca Piccolomini is perhaps the most elaborate room of the Siena Cathedral. Pope Pius III commissioned the library in the early 16th century to house the valuable book collection of his deceased uncle, Pope Pius II. Walk through the carved marble entrance to see the brightly colored frescoes that cover the walls. These tell the story of Pope Pius II's life. You can study them to learn about one of Siena's most treasured sons. In the middle of the room, admire the famous Three Graces statue, a third-century Roman copy of the Greek original. Biblioteca Piccolomini is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, Siena Edition.
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  • A jewel in the central part of Siena. Ancient manuscripts and frescos, worth the admission
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  • Visiting the Cathedral one can not even visit this old room where once there was the library. Don't expect to find an avalanche of books, you will see it and not around twenty books almost as big as a person but instead of large beautiful frescoes to observe and contemplate
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  • Library which is located inside the Cathedral, full of ancient manuscripts, but also by beautiful frescoes. Small room but very rich in art. Not bad.
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