Immerse yourself in the city's history and art with a visit to Duomo di Siena, 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 Duomo di Siena to your Siena travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Siena vacation planner.
Tours to Duomo di Siena
$39 BOOK WITH VIATOR Skip the Line: Siena Duomo and City Walking Tour Skip the Line: Siena Duomo and City Walking Tour
Duration: 2 hours
$21 BOOK WITH VIATOR Skip-the-Line Siena Cathedral Duomo Complex Entrance Ticket Skip-the-Line Siena Cathedral Duomo Complex Entrance Ticket
Duration: 1 to 2 hours
Duomo di Siena reviews
We didn't go inside, but the outside is stunning. You can take amazing pictures of this enormous building with great history.
We didn't go inside, but the outside is stunning. You can take amazing pictures of this enormous building with great history. more »
Visited this complex over two days, the Cathedral, the Baptistry, the crypt, and the museum. Within the Cathedral, Invest 2 euro in the videos that highlight essential art. While much of the floor..... more
Visited this complex over two days, the Cathedral, the Baptistry, the crypt, and the museum. Within the Cathedral, Invest 2 euro in the videos that highlight essential art. While much of the floor..... more »
One of the most unique and beautiful cathedrals in Italy. It’s known for it’s stunning dark green (looks black) and white marble. You need to purchase tickets to enter-unless you are going for mass. Mass is free. I recommend a skip the line pass so you can walk right in if it’s busy. I have seen a lot of cathedrals and this is right up there with St. Peters Basilica (Vatican).
Before visiting Siena, we knew that Siena was a rich small independent republic, developed even before Florence. We knew they have a great cathedral. But we were astonished when we saw it. Both exterior and interior are super elegant. On the floor are so many colorful engraving paintings, many of them are bible stories. It’s really impressive. We bought combined tickets for cathedral, church museum and the library.
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