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Biblioteca Piccolomini, Siena

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Biblioteca Piccolomini is perhaps the most elaborate room of the Siena Cathedral. Pope Pius III commissioned the library in the early 16th century to house the valuable book collection of his deceased uncle, Pope Pius II. Walk through the carved marble entrance to see the brightly colored frescoes that cover the walls. These tell the story of Pope Pius II's life. You can study them to learn about one of Siena's most treasured sons. In the middle of the room, admire the famous Three Graces statue, a third-century Roman copy of the Greek original. Plan to visit Biblioteca Piccolomini during your Siena vacation using our convenient Siena trip itinerary builder website.
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  • It was definitely worth seeing. The pope depicted in the ceiling was an interesting man. The manuscripts are gorgeous, especially if you’re interested in reading music. It’s a quick view, and worth....  more
    It was definitely worth seeing. The pope depicted in the ceiling was an interesting man. The manuscripts are gorgeous, especially if you’re interested in reading music. It’s a quick view, and worth....  more »
  • The library is connected to the Duomo di Siena and is a relatively small room which makes for a great quick visit after visiting the Duomo di Siena. The library is stunning and unlike anything we've.....  more
    The library is connected to the Duomo di Siena and is a relatively small room which makes for a great quick visit after visiting the Duomo di Siena. The library is stunning and unlike anything we've.....  more »
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  • In order to visit the Piccolomini library you need to purchase a ticket for the cathedral. The cathedral costs €4 to enter just the cathedral or you can buy the OPI Pass which costs €13 and this gives access to the cathedral, Piccolomini library, Museo dell'Opera del Duomo and Facciatone, Crypt and Baptistry. It is well worth paying the extra to visit all the other facilities. You can purchase the OPI pass online and book a time slot to visit the cathedral. This saves time not having to queue to enter. Once inside the cathedral you will need to queue to enter the library. I would recommend seeing how long the queue is and if not long visit the library or if too long visit the cathedral. There is a one way system in place in the library. You will enter one door and come out the same door. The staff will keep encouraging you to move forward. Make sure you have your camera ready as you will not be able to go backwards and you will be told to keep moving forward. The frescoes are very impressive. They are in excellent condition and look brand new as though they were painted yesterday. The library is open from 10.30-17:30pm.
  • Beautiful wall paintings and some old books to see. It’s included in the cathedral ticket

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