Siena Cathedral, Siena

Immerse yourself in the city's history and art with a visit to Siena Cathedral, 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 Siena Cathedral to your Siena travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Siena vacation planner .
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  • Many works of Pisano. There are also works of Donatello. However, the walk to Duomo outweight isn't easy. In March, it was very cold. Anyway, the view is awesome, but if you're not prepared properly, you will feel the heat sensation.
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  • Tourist, of course, must go everywhere. But here go really worth it. Unlike the rival leader of Florence Cathedral (it was his, not the other Florentine cathedrals), in the Cathedral of Siena are all on the spot, while the Museum of Siena Cathedral from that does not hurt)))
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  • Staggeringly wonderful cathedral. Even more impressive than the Duomo in Florence. The exterior detail is exquisite as is the interior. Well worth the trip to Siena to see.  more »
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  • Absolute must visit when in Siena! The details and the craftsmanship is breathtaking. We spent about an hour inside and instead of getting the individual audio guide we opted for the public audio guide placed inside the cathedral. They have 2-3 floor standing systems with attached headphones and you pay 2 euros and have two people listen at the same time. Gives you a pretty good idea of the history of the place. Not sure how detailed the personal audio guide is but with this one you obviously don’t get to move around and listen. It was still pretty good though. Oh and the panoramic views from the cathedral are a must do as well!
  • This is one of the most impressive churches in all of Italy and possibly the world. It is strikingly beautiful from the outside with different coloured stone used. The inside is equally very impressive as the outside with works of art almost everywhere you look. It is definitely the highlight of any visit to Siena.
  • Amazing cathedral at the heart of Siena, in citta. Extraordinary interiors, marble carvings, paintings, statues.. So many history lays only within or relations with this cathedral. I need the whole day alone here to absorb everything. But only 2 hours visit it's already giving me the general insight. Will visiting again.
  • I'm happy that my husband decided to go to Siena for a little getaway while we were in Italy. I like the size of the city because it is walkable and you're able to see it in one day. It has beautiful buildings and the plaza is outstanding. We kept it simple at night and had pizza and sat out with the locals enjoying the beautiful evening.
  • What an amazing historical landmark. it’s admired that this place is preserved this well. The architecture is astonishing. I’m glad that I visited this place. The tour guide was amazing. Explained everything. You can’t visit florence and not visit Siena . I had a great experience. Italy times were amazing. Unforgettable memories.
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