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Siena Cathedral (Duomo)
Siena Cathedral (Duomo)

Siena Cathedral (Duomo)

Piazza del Duomo, Siena, Tuscany, 53100

The Basics

Appreciate the Siena Cathedral’s wealth of art and architecture on a guided tour. Skip-the-line entrance tickets grant access to the church, crypt, and baptistry (Battistero di San Giovanni), along with the adjacent Piccolomini Library—frescoed by Pinturicchio—and the Museo dell'Opera. Explore the cathedral complex as part of a city walking tour or on a day trip from Florence to Siena, Pisa, and San Gimignano. Inside the cathedral, highlights include the marble pulpit and floor, numerous statues, and the Chigi and Saint John the Baptist chapels.

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Skip the Line: Siena Duomo and City Walking Tour
Skip the Line: Siena Duomo and City Walking Tour
star-4.5
$36.16 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Really authentic!
Very good and kind guide. We liked it a lot! She has information to be all day talking; in addition, she lives in Siena and she knows a lot about the city and its traditions.
Ferran_P, Jul 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Siena

star-5
Worth the time to take this tour.
Skettie, May 2022
Skip the Line: Siena Duomo and City Walking Tour
The Tour guide is wonderful. She is very informed. Also, she is thoughtful about the Covid situation so suggested masks at appropriate times.
star-5
Excellent tour of the...
richard, Jul 2022
Discovering Siena and the Cathedral
Excellent tour of the duomo and important sites of Siena. Explained the history of the neighborhood of Siena
star-5
Very fulfilling experience
cetin_S, Jul 2022
Skip the Line: Siena Duomo and City Walking Tour
Our guide, Valentina, knew her stuff well. She took her time to answer questions and explain the historical context. The cathedral is, of course, magnificent, so is the baptistry and the library.
star-5
Tremendous guide made Duomo come alive!
Sean_R, Jul 2022
Private Tour of Siena Cathedral
Tremendous guide (Giulia) made this fascinating, tailored to our interests and a highlight of our trip to Italy. The Duomo is a real gem of history and art.
star-5
Recommendable tour
Hinrich_v, Jul 2022
Discovering Siena and the Cathedral
Very friendly guide, adapted to our needs and the hot weather situation. Had a wealth of background information about the city and its history.
star-4
Even though the tour was not the one I originally booked, the one I performed was great,
Agustina_G, Jun 2022
Siena Historic City Walking Tour with Cathedral Option
The original tour I had booked was cancelled but the operator gave me the option to do another one in the afternoon. The guide, Elena, was great, she gave us a lot of information about the city. She was always open to answer questions.
star-4
Can't figure out where to pick up your skip-the-line tickets? It's the crypt.
Patrick_R, Jun 2022
Skip-the-Line Siena Cathedral Duomo Complex Entrance Ticket
We visited on a June day with thousands and thousands of tourists everywhere. The regular line to the cathedral was only a few minutes long. Any time we saved with our skip-the-line tickets was cancelled by the more than 15 minutes we spent trying to figure out where to exchange our Viatour voucher for actual tickets. It turns out, you have to go to the crypt.
star-5
Siena is a lovely city....
lassegul, Jun 2022
Siena Historic City Walking Tour with Cathedral Option
Siena is a lovely city. This tour had a very informative guidance. I recommend it to others who wants to learn more about the city's culture and history.
star-5
History of Siena
izzypal, Jul 2022
Skip the Line: Siena Duomo and City Walking Tour
The tour was very good. The church of S. Domenico was beautiful. Lots of history of Siena was learned.
star-5
Wonderful Siena experience
Masako_M, May 2022
Private Tour of Siena Cathedral
Our guide, Shaklo was really knowledgeable, funny and nice! I did not expect much besides learning about the cathedral, but she walked us around the town too. We learned a lot about Siena and the people in Siena!
star-5
Awesome Tour
Dave_D, Jun 2022
Discovering Siena and the Cathedral
The tour was awesome. The tour guide was great and provided so many awesome details about the history of this beautiful town. My teen girls, wife and I enjoyed the tour and would recommend the tour to anyone.
star-5
SIena Tour with Elena
Elizabeth_S, Jul 2022
Skip the Line: Siena Duomo and City Walking Tour
Elena did a wonderful job on our tour of Siena. She was very easy to understand, very knowledgeable about all the sites we saw and answered all questions asked. The size of the group (14) made it easy for us to get around without missing anything she said. It was well worth the time and money to get to know Siena this way. Thank you!
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Modest attire is required to enter the church, so be sure to cover your shoulders and knees.

  • Walking tours of the cathedral complex and city of Siena cover quite a bit of ground; comfortable shoes are recommended.

  • While the cathedral is accessible via a secondary entrance to the left of the main staircase, the museum, crypt, and baptistry are not.

  • Photography isn’t allowed inside the complex.

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How to Get There

The Cathedral of Siena is on Piazza Duomo in Siena’s pedestrian-only historic center. It can only be reached on foot.

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When to Get There

Siena's cathedral has a breathtaking graffito floor, one of the most impressive in Italy. There are 56 marble panels of biblical and historical scenes, most hidden behind a protective covering and revealed for just a few weeks each summer. Try to time your visit for this period to view this masterpiece.

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Siena Cathedral History and the Museo dell'Opera

The cathedral’s construction began in the early 1200s, and after almost a century, Giovanni Pisano, whose style was heavily influenced by his father, Nicola, completed the beautiful facade. Despite an impressive cathedral, Siena's ambitious ruling families decided in the 14th century to double the size of the existing structure into the New Cathedral (Duomo Nuovo). The plague stopped the plan, and today Museo dell'Opera occupies the only nave that was completed. Museo dell'Opera holds many of the cathedral's most important works of art, including Giovanni Pisano’s statues of prophets and philosophers that once adorned the facade and Duccio di Buoninsegna's Maesta. Duccio di Buoninsegna designed the huge rose window, and the gable’s glittering Venetian mosaics were added in the 19th century.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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