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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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  • Beautiful site not to be missed. Wonderful rooms with frescoes to be admired, stunning carved furniture ... The structure itself is well maintained and taken care of. Very great to visit with a Museum of relics, an archaeological museum and in the time of our visit even a painting exhibition. Recommend the visit even though the price is not very cheap
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  • And ticket with the torre is the accumulator. You brsucht but some time you would like to see everything! And secure in the summer a pleasant cooling.
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  • Definitely too distracting, is so great that after a while you wonder what you are watching! Hosts of all, but what most excited me was the exhibition of works "survived" the collapse of the basilica of Saint Benedict after the earthquake last October ... touching
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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