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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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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.
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  • The building itself has so much history. The frescos are enough to take your breath away. That the collection is so extensive puts it on par with the building itself in its magnificence.  more »
  • The is un underground museum of archeology that is amazing, not only for the pieces displayed but also for the architecture of the place. It it worth the visit.  more »
  • Only came here because it was included in our ticket for the Grand Tower. It was originally a medieval hospital as an amazing series of frescoes depicts with explanations in English. There is also a v...  more »
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  • Must visit, great overview of the whole town
  • Well constructed and we'll laid out. Various exhibits to see and interact with
  • 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.
  • Great place
  • Excellent exhibition with glorious works of art.