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Ideas on what to see in Siena for Easter

If you are going to visit Tuscany and want to know what to see in Siena on the occasion of the Easter holidays, here you have some tour options to discover the beauties of the city.

Two itineraries to the discovery of Sienese art

There are two itineraries that I propose and that are some ideas about what to see in Siena for Easter: by this tour, some of the most important streets of the old town will be crossed, having the opportunity to know the most suggestive places of the city, such as the picturesque alleys, the noble palaces and the famous Piazza del Campo.

The visit of the Siena Cathedral

We will visit the interior of the Cathedral. The ‘Duomo of Siena’ is one of the most refined churches in Italy. The building stands out for its works of art that represent an art encyclopaedia. In fact, thanks to the guided tour you can discover the historical and architectural events of this grandiose edifice. We particularly on the masterpieces of the great Renaissance artists such as Donatello, Michelangelo and Bernini. What we will also do is to discover the ‘Renaissance room’ that is inside the Cathedral. 

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A detail of the façade of the Siena Cathedral

In other words, we will visit the so called Piccolomini Library, a solemn space with vaults all decorated with frescoes executed by Pintoricchio and featuring the Enea Silvio Piccolomini’s life and it represents one of the finest examples of Renaissance painting in Siena (click here for more information).

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One of the original statues of the Cathedral façade by Giovanni Pisano

Visit to the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo

Among the ideas of what to see in Siena for Easter, the Museum of the Opera del Duomo  is astonishingly a place worth to visit. It is where, in addition to having the opportunity  to see closely the original sculptures of the Cathedral façade, styled by Giovanni Pisano. We start the visit of the museum from the Giovanni Pisano statues gallery to move then towards one of the masterpieces of all Italian art: the Maestà by Duccio di Buoninsegna. This altarpiece is the first large altarpiece in the history of Italian painting. The museum houses the central panel of the altarpiece and almost all the panels feature Jesus Christ’s stories. It will be very on the latter that we will pay our attention, as the Duccio’s panels stand out for having brought important stylistic novelties.

Outdoor alternatives

In case you want to enjoy a nice walk taking advantage of the spring heat, then my proposal is to have a walking tour through the streets of Siena. We will not only see the monuments of the city but also the most unexpected green spaces in a town mainly known for its medieval architectures. Therefore, by an outdoor tour, we could see the beautiful space of the Medici Fortress, located to the north-west area of the historic centre and characterized by a pleasant park from which an enchanting view of the city is enjoyable. Another green space is the Orto dei Tolomei. Named for the adjacent Collegio dei Tolomei, this is another unknown park to tourists and, as at the fortress, it is where which you enjoy a breathtaking view of the town and in particular of the terracotta colour of the city roofs. Thanks to its cultural richness and its many options, there are so many things to do and see in Siena for Easter time.