Siena Duomo Tickets

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Opening hours

1 March - 1 November: 10.30am - 7pm weekdays, 1.30pm - 6pm on Sundays.

2 November - 28 February: 10am - 5.30pm weekdays, 1.30pm - 5.30pm on Sundays.

26th December - 8 January: 10.30am - 6pm weekdays, 1.30pm - 5.30pm on Sundays.

Last admission 30 minutes before close.

How to get there

Piazza del Duomo, 8, 53100 Siena SI, Italy

Siena Duomo is in the medieval heart of the city, where parking is extremely limited. If arriving by car, park in one of the public car parks and walk to the cathedral. Alternatively, take the 590 or S54 bus to Piazza di Postierla. The railway station is 2km from the cathedral, on the north side of the town.

FAQ

What's the best way of getting tickets?
The best way to guarantee entry into the cathedral is by booking your tickets in advance on the website which is available in Italian only. There are a variety of combination tickets on offer such as the Opa Si pass which allows entry into all of the museums on the complex over three days. Children aged 7 to 11 get in at half price, and those under the age of 6 get in free.
What is there to see?
The main attractions of Siena Duomo are inside the Gothic building. The striped interior, made by layering up white and dark green marble, is impressive and striking. Look down – under your feet you'll see 56 intricate marble mosaic panels, all telling a different story. The floor is only exposed at certain times of the year, so check ahead before visiting. There's also an important sculpture of John the Baptist by Renaissance sculptor Donatello, and frescoes by Pinturicchio.
Can I take a guided tour?
There is a wide range of different tours available in the Cathedral complex. If you prefer to do things at your own pace, download the app to guide you through the history of the building and some of its most important art, or pick up an audio guide on arrival. Private guides are also available for booking, or purchasing an all-inclusive ticket for all museums in the complex also gives you access to the cathedral roof in small groups for some impressive views across the Siena rooftops.
Is the crypt accessible?
If you book a place on the Paths of Light tour, this gives the opportunity to get down into the tunnels below the cathedral. Medieval frescoes adorn the walls of the crypt, and your audio headset and 3D video mapping will help bring medieval Siena to life. It's the perfect combination of medieval and modern.
What other facilities are there on site?
The cathedral has a small bookshop, selling books mostly in Italian and on religious themes. This is also where you can pick up the leaflets explaining the stories behind the inlaid floor panels, or the guidebooks to the cathedral in various languages, including English.

Must-know

Piccolomini Library
One of the most visited areas in the cathedral is the Piccolomini Library, which was commissioned by Pope Pius II in 1492. It now contains several medieval illuminated manuscripts, but the reason most people visit the Library is to see the frescoes and painted ceiling. Look up, and you'll see an elaborately coloured fresco, depicting key events from the life of Pius II, glittering with enamelled colours and golden highlights.
Attending a service
Although one of Siena's most visited historic sites, Siena Cathedral is still an actively used place of worship. Mass is held daily at 9am in the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament and at 10am in the Madonna del Voto chapel. On Sunday, Mass is held in the main cathedral at 8am, 11am, 12.15pm and 6pm. Visitors are free to attend these services, which are conducted in Italian.
Gate of Heaven
The cathedral has recently opened up roof areas to the general public, allowing visitors to see both the interiors and exterior of the building from a different perspective. Look down on the nave from ceiling level, then ascend the spiral staircase further up into the tower for panoramic views across Siena and beyond. This is one of the cathedral's most popular experiences and places are limited, so reserve your places online before visiting.
Cathedral Museumn
The Cathedral's most important sculpture and other works of art are on display in the museum, spread over two floors. On the ground floor, see a display of 14th-century sculpture which was originally displayed on the outside of the building, Upstairs, there is a display of 14th-century altarpieces and other religious painting. The Treasury has a collection of over 200 precious objects, finished in gold and precious stones.
Baptistry
The beautifully decorated baptistry is dominated by the hexagonal font, embellished by art showing the life of John the Baptist. The walls and ceilings of the Baptistry show other religious scenes painted by Vecchietta.

Places nearby

Siena town centre
The medieval centre of Siena is so architecturally important that it's a designated World Heritage Site. The central square hosts a famous horse race during summer months, and at any time of year, the narrow streets and squares are well worth exploring.
Siena town centre
Siena town centre
Wineries
Siena is at the centre of Italy's Chianti region, and there are dozens of wineries a short drive from the city. Book a guided tour in advance or take one of the many wine tours of the region where you'll be transported around vineyards by bus, with a break for lunch along the way.
Wineries
Wineries
Castello Monteriggioni
The fortress town of Castello Monteriggioni is just 25 minutes from Siena. The medieval town is fully enclosed by thick walls and is packed with narrow streets. It's a popular spot, so try to visit early in the morning or stay into the evening and enjoy the sunsets.
Castello Monteriggioni
Castello Monteriggioni