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. Plan to visit Biblioteca Piccolomini during your Siena vacation using our convenient Siena trip itinerary builder website .
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  • In the beautiful duomo di Siena is required to stop at the Biblioteca Piccolomini, positioned down the aisle on the left side. Is a masterpiece of art and to be able to enter all you have to do additional tickets: it is already included in the Duomo. Only "flaw": the guides are not allowed inside as it is very small, but at the same time spectacular!
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  • Beautiful library has the inside of the Cathedral. We visited the place with the opa if pass. Beautiful books from earlier time
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  • Wonderful library located on one wing of the Cathedral of Siena. With a stunning ceiling and ancient books and such beauty. To access the ticket for the Cathedral.
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  • The entrance to the library is via the cathedral and once you enter the library you are blown away by these beautiful frescoes. They tell the story of Siena's most loved residents, cardinal Enea Silvio Piccolomini who eventually would later become Pope Pius II. If you are considering whether to get the ticket which includes entrance to the library than no need to hesitate. It's well worth it.
  • Simply amazing decoration on the walls & ceiling. Do not miss this wonderful library. The hand writing in the manuscripts is a work of art.
  • Architectural monument of XV century with stunning murals painted by Pinturicchio and showing the scenes from the life of the Pope Pius II (Piccolominni).
  • Breathtaking, particularly for the music manuscripts.
  • Ineresting old books
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