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Duomo di Siena, Siena

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Immerse yourself in the city's history and art with a visit to Duomo di Siena, considered one of the country's greatest medieval churches. Built in several stages and combining elements of the Gothic, Romanesque, and Classical architectural styles, the cathedral was consecrated in 1215. The building has the form of a Latin cross, featuring a slightly projecting transept, bell tower, and a dome, parts of which were designed by architect Gianlorenzo Bernini. The cathedral is constructed of white and greenish-black marble in alternating stripes, with red marble added to the facade. Black and white are the symbolic colors of Siena, linked to the black and white horses of the legendary founders of the city, Senius and Aschius. The building also includes a renowned museum of Italian sculpture, displaying works by Donatello, Bernini, and Michelangelo. All-inclusive tickets are available online, providing access to the entire cathedral complex, including the terrace above the museum with its views of the city. Add Duomo di Siena to your Siena travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Siena vacation planner.
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  • The Duomo di Siena by itself warrants a visit to the city. The cathedral is neither particularly large nor particularly tall. What makes it unique is the artwork on the floor and on the walls. The... 
    The Duomo di Siena by itself warrants a visit to the city. The cathedral is neither particularly large nor particularly tall. What makes it unique is the artwork on the floor and on the walls. The...  more »
  • We did the full tour package, which included walking along some top passages with wonderful interior and exterior views. Also included was a walk along the top of the 2 top levels of the Duomo... 
    We did the full tour package, which included walking along some top passages with wonderful interior and exterior views. Also included was a walk along the top of the 2 top levels of the Duomo...  more »
  • I've been to a lot of Italian and other European churches, including the domes of Florence and Rome, but the one of Siena is unique in it's beauty, it is sheer magic. The entry is not cheap, but... 
    I've been to a lot of Italian and other European churches, including the domes of Florence and Rome, but the one of Siena is unique in it's beauty, it is sheer magic. The entry is not cheap, but...  more »
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  • This is probably the most unique cathedral I have ever seen. The outside is stunning, and I highly suggest purchasing tickets to see the interior. The floor is lined with beautiful stone carvings that you can walk around. Although it is definitely a touristy area, there isn’t too much wait. A great attraction in Siena.
  • The church brings a heavenly feeling and vibe. No words to describe its architectural grandeur. The facades are so intrinsic in design and carvings. Some parts of the church are built in white marble stones. Truly a piece of wonder in the town of sienna. The streets and alleys are so charming in front of the cathedral so lively and cheerful
  • Dump di Siena is one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Italy. I highly recommend it, for its elegant and unique architecture. The cathedral has a unique castle shaped cathedral, the most distinct feature is the flooring that is made by different marble connected by Granite. All these marble make up gorgeous artworks on the floor, this is the only cathedral with this architecture. This cathedral is a must visit because of its spectacular architecture. ⛪️❤️
  • One of the most unique and beautiful cathedrals in Italy. It’s known for it’s stunning dark green (looks black) and white marble. You need to purchase tickets to enter-unless you are going for mass. Mass is free. I recommend a skip the line pass so you can walk right in if it’s busy. I have seen a lot of cathedrals and this is right up there with St. Peters Basilica (Vatican).
  • Before visiting Siena, we knew that Siena was a rich small independent republic, developed even before Florence. We knew they have a great cathedral. But we were astonished when we saw it. Both exterior and interior are super elegant. On the floor are so many colorful engraving paintings, many of them are bible stories. It’s really impressive. We bought combined tickets for cathedral, church museum and the library.

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