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Santa Maria della Scala, Siena
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Admire the artwork in Santa Maria della Scala, a former 13th-century hospice-turned-cultural-and-art center. At one time the site mainly drew pilgrims to its doors, but today people flock here for the archeological museum, children's art museum, and contemporary art center, as well as the variety of historical halls and chapels. Kids will enjoy the mysterious atmosphere of the archeological section in the basement, displayed along ancient tunnels. For a real visual treat, head upstairs and find the 15th-century frescoes created by Lorenzo Vecchietta, Priamo della Quercia, and Domenico di Bartolo. Arrange to visit Santa Maria della Scala and other attractions in Siena using our Siena trip itinerary maker.
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  • One of the essential visits but must deal with a guide or with someone who knows the story otherwise you will lose as much as there is a detailed description of the environments and above all you will never know what life was like at the hospital which until 1996 was running!
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  • Santas Maria della Scala hospital was turned into a museum but also a space where there are exhibitions and other events. beautiful frescoes that adorned ancient lanes and corridors of the hospital what they were, but also the Chapel and the crypt. To see
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  • Before you visit this wonderful Museum read about him, about the building of the hospital. And then use your imagination while wandering through the corridors and tunnels of the medieval building.
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  • Well constructed and we'll laid out. Various exhibits to see and interact with
  • Excellent exhibition with glorious works of art.
  • This museum is fantastic becouse it was like make a trip in the past. A mix of interactive tools (video and sound) and the original furniture and construction.. And also histirical items makes me understand more about the city of Siena.
  • This is the best curated museum we saw in Italy - including the Vatican, Uffizi, and Pitti Palace. Outstanding collection, thoughtfully presented, creative and informative video elements, interesting blending of ancient and contemporary objects. And you are allowed to explore it at your own pace and in you own way. Thought provoking, incredibly beautiful, and enlightening. Thank you.
  • This is a very emotional and a bit of a sad place. A must visit to understand how people used to live back then