ART MUSEUM FOR CHILDREN:
Located in the museum complex at Santa Maria della Scala, the museum occupies two areas, one for the collection and the other for workshops.
The museum approaches art through two types of exhibits: thematic and contextualizing. The museum first opened in 2000 and since 2004 it has worked on enriching its collection with a focus on art works which relate to childhood, either in subject matter or intended audience. The collection currently covers a broad range of periods – from antiquity to the present day – and a number of different materials, including painting, sculpture, photography and video art.
Free for children under 11
The museum is accessible to wheelchair users.
Complesso museale S. Maria della Scala – Piazza Duomo 2
Ph: +39 0577 46517
SAINT GALGANO AND THE SWORD:
According to legend, Galgano Guidotti, born in Chiusdino in 1148 to a noble family, led a dissolute life dedicated to pleasure and entertainment until the Archangel Michael appeared to him and he converted to Christianity. To symbolize his abandonment of his life as a knight, Galgano plunged his sword into a rock, leaving the cross-like hilt visible. He dedicated his life to preaching around Siena until he retreated to a hut on Monte Siepi. Immediately after Galgano’s death, in 1181, the Hermitage of Montesiepi was built on the site where he had left his sword, and it was consecrated in 1185.
The building is a circular-plan church with a small apse, a cupola and a chapel with frescoes by Lorenzetti. In the centre of the room Galgano’s sword is preserved, the evidence of this saint’s only known miracle. Between 1220 and 1268 the Abbey of San Galgano – a fascinating Romanesque-Gothic structure – was built below, a sign of the popularity of the saint’s cult.