The beautiful city of Siena in Tuscany is home to the great Cathedral of Siena, an impressive Roman-Gothic building of the 13th century. Book your tickets in advance to have immediate access to the various areas of the cathedral complex.
This ticket gives you access to the cathedral also during the uncovering period of Siena's Cathedral Floor and it also allows you to enter the Piccolomini Library. There's much to see in the cathedral, so you may want to do some research on what most interests you and buy your tickets accordingly.
The Cathedral and uncovering of its Floor
One of the most precious and valuable of the incredible artifacts and works of art in the cathedral is the floor itself. Giorgio Vasari, the famous Italian artist and architect, declared that it is “the most beautiful… largest and most magnificent… that was ever made”. Created between the 14th and 18th centuries, it's composed of 56 panels made by famous local artists. The painters’ designs were made into marble flooring thanks to marble intarsia and graffito procedures that called for a great level of economic investment and precision. For the protection of the design and for the preservation of the art, the floor is only uncovered during a certain time of the year.
Located within the cathedral complex, the Piccolomini Library was commissioned by the patron cardinal Francesco Tedeschini Piccolomini (nephew to Pope Pius II) at the beginning of the 16th century to the Umbrian artist known as Pinturicchio, or Bernardino di Betto. The painter and his workshop operated between 1503 and 1508 and quickly executed the valuable frescoes that cover the library walls. One of the walls is occupied by windows while the remaining three display a painted biography of Enea Silvio Piccolomini.