Entrance tickets to Siena Cathedral and Piccolomini Library
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Entrance tickets to Siena Cathedral and Piccolomini Library

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Free cancellation
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: Flexible
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Visit the Cathedral of Siena during the uncovering period of its magnificent floor
  • Discover the Piccolomini Library frescoed by the Umbrian artist Pinturicchio
  • Exclusively on selected dates, admire the marvelous cathedral floor
What to expect

Book your tickets in advance for skip-the-line access to Siena Cathedral, a stunning 13th-century Roman-Gothic building. Book online to avoid the queues and gain valuable time which you can dedicate to discovering this amazing cathedral. This ticket gives you access to the cathedral when its magnificent floor is revealed to the public, which only happens at certain times of the year, as well as giving you the opportunity to visit the Piccolomini Library.

Although Siena Cathedral is filled to the brim with exceptional findings and refined works of art, one of its most interesting and valuable treasures is the flooring. Giorgio Vasari, the famous Italian artist and architect, declared that it is "the most beautiful… great and magnificent… floor that has ever been made". Designed and built between the 14th and 18th centuries, it's composed of 56 panels made by famous local artists. The painters’ designs were brought back into the marble flooring thanks to marble inlays and graffiti techniques that required a very high degree of precision and considerable economic investment. For this reason, in order to protect this wonderful work of art from wear and tear, the floor is only uncovered during a specific time of the year.

Located within the cathedral complex, the Piccolomini Library was commissioned by the patron Cardinal Francesco Tedeschini Piccolomini and frescoed by the Umbrian artist known as Pinturicchio, or Bernardino di Betto. The painter and his collaborators worked hard between 1503 and 1508 to complete the precious frescoes that adorn the walls of the library. One of the walls is entirely occupied by large windows while the remaining three are decorated with frescoes depicting the life of Enea Silvio Piccolomini.

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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
  • Guides and all other staff are required to wear masks
  • Temperature screening is compulsory for all visitors
  • Visitors over 18 must show their ID and proof of one of the following: a full vaccination or first vaccination (this requirement varies depending on the country) received at least 15 days prior, recovery from a COVID-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative result from a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before the experience starts. This may also apply to those aged 12 and above
  • What's included
    • Entrance to Siena Cathedral
    • Entrance to Piccolomini Library
    • Access to the cathedral floor (uncovering period)
    Reduced price

    Free tickets are available at the ticket office:

    • Children up to 6 years of age
    • Disabled with one companion
    • Students of the University of Siena and the University for Foreigners
    • Residents and born in the Municipality of Siena
    • Clergy members and licensed guides
    • Journalists with valid press ID
    Where

    Piazza del Duomo 1, 53100 Siena SI, Italy

    Meeting point:

    Show your voucher at the cathedral ticket office (entrance for pre-booked tickets) to collect your tickets.

    What to remember
    • Floor uncovering period: from June 26 to July 31, and from August 18 to October 17, 2021
    • Show a valid ID/certificate to prove the right to free admission
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    When
    • Floor uncovering period - June 26 to July 31, August 18 to October 17, 2021: Monday to Saturday 10.30am - 6.00pm | Sunday 9.30am - 6.00pm
    • Other periods: Monday to Saturday 10.30am - 6.00pm | Sunday 1.30pm - 6.00pm
    • Last admission: half an hour before closing time
    • Schedules may vary due to religious celebrations
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    Provider
    Opera Duomo Siena
    Booking fee
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    Cancellation policy
    Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the experience begins.
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