The Monumental Complex of the Cathedral: Baptistery, Crypt and Opera Museum
Visit one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Italy, full of masterpieces of divine beauty. Its marble floor and the statues carved by Michelangelo, Donatello and Bernini will leave you breathless. If you are an art lover and curious to discover, choose also to visit the Crypt, the Baptistery and the Opera Museum.
The Cathedral of Siena, dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin, is located where according to legend there was a church dedicated to Mary of the 9th century, which replaced a temple dedicated to Minerva. The entire building is covered with white and dark green marble, a typical Tuscan Romanesque-Gothic style.
The visit to the monumental complex will begin in front of the cathedral. Before entering, you will admire the facade in all its beauty, decorated with a great cycle of marble sculptures depicting Philosophers, Prophets and Sibyls, today replaced by copies.
The masterpiece par excellence is definitely the floor of the cathedral, decorated with marble inlays, an iconographic program unique in its kind. The great 16th century art historian and painter Giorgio Vasari called the floor of the Cathedral of Siena “the most beautiful, great and magnificent that has ever been done”. In the period when the floor will be entirely uncovered, the guide will pay more attention to illustrate this wonderful marble carpet.
Thanks to your guide you will discover the details that normally escape to the most of the tourists, you will go through the many artworks of different periods and appreciate the statues carved by Michelangelo, Donatello and the great Baroque Roman sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
The visit will continue towards the so-called “Facciatone”, where the guide will tell you the story of the ambitious project of the New Cathedral, which included making this the largest Cathedral in Europe. It remained a utopian dream, never completed.
You will visit the Opera Museum which houses the original statues of the facade and many other works. Not to be missed is the Majesty by Duccio di Buoninsegna, artist of the late 200 considered the father of the Sienese art school.
You will enter in the so-called “Crypt”, a precious place discovered only a few years ago. It still preserves the original frescoes of the second half of the 200, you will be amazed by the bright and elegant colors, that makes believe that time never passed.
You will continue towards the last stop of the tour: the Baptistery, where you will discover the reason for its unusual position, since to get there you have to walk a steep staircase. You will find an environment entirely frescoed by Vecchietta in the 400, but the real masterpiece is the marble baptismal font, decorated with bronze panels depicting a sculptural biography of Saint John the Baptist. Artists of particular importance, such as Donatello, Lorenzo Ghiberti and Jacopo della Quercia contributed to its realization.
On the day of the tour, you can agree with your guide in which museum you would like to spend more time and in which order to visit them.
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The price changes during the year. 13 euros, when the Cathedral’s floor is covered, 15 euros when it is uncovered. If the ticket is purchased online, or in advance, you may need to consider 1 euro more for your booking.
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