If I have to choose a “must see” in Siena, I would have to pick the Duomo or Cathedral. The admission is worth every penny. For me, this was one of the highlights of our trip. The treasures inside the walls are incredible. So unlike the interior of the cathedrals in Florence.
As soon as you enter, you’ll notice the black and white marble striped columns. As you look up towards the ceiling decorated with gold stars on a brilliant blue background, you’ll notice busts of popes and emperors lining the top – I personally thought it was a little freaky (the busts, I mean). But, one of the most beautiful of the treasures in this cathedral is directly under your feet. The floor of the cathedral is decorated with the most beautiful mosaics I had ever seen, but more on those later.
There are 56 etched and marble inlaid marble panels in total. They are amazing! Some of them are massive. These are actually uncovered for a limited time, usually during the Palio. We were lucky to have seen them.
My jaw dropped upon entering this room. It is a small library containing illuminated manuscripts. But what takes your breath away are the Renaissance frescoes and vaulted ceiling (the first photo below) by Pinturicchio and those colours – so vibrant! Also, don’t miss the copy of the famous statue ~ Three Graces located in the middle of the library.
Delve a bit more into the Pinturichio frescoes here:
Towards the back