Entrance tickets to Siena Cathedral and Piccolomini Library
Attractions & monuments

Entrance tickets to Siena Cathedral and Piccolomini Library

Availability: Every day
Printed ticket only
Duration: up to 24 hours
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 from June to October, 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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What's included
  • Entrance to Siena Cathedral
  • Entrance to Piccolomini Library
  • Access to the cathedral floor (uncovering period)
Reduced price

Show a valid ID/certificate to prove the right to free admission.

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 printed voucher at the cathedral ticket counter to collect your ticket.

What to remember
  • On August 14th and 15th, admission to the Cathedral will be free of charge. On August 16th, entrance times to the Cathedral may be subject to change
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When

Opening hours of the Cathedral and the Library:

  • From March to November: Monday to Saturday 10.30am - 6.00pm | Sundays and religious holidays 1.30pm - 6.00pm
  • From November to February: Monday to Saturday 10.30am - 5.30pm | Sundays and religious holidays 1.30pm - 5.30pm
  • From 26 December to 6 January: Monday to Saturday 10.30am - 6.00pm | Sundays and religious holidays 1.30pm - 5.30pm
  • Last admission: half an hour before closing time
  • Schedules may vary due to religious celebrations


Opening hours from 17 August to 7 October (Floor uncovering period):

  • Monday to Saturday from 10.30am to 6.00pm
  • Sunday from 9.30am to 6.00pm
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Provider
Opera Duomo Siena
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