This year in early March, the Duomo of Siena was opened again to the public, to admire the mosaic floors which were covered for long period of time.
On the floor of the cathedral have been working from the fourteenth to the nineteenth century Sienese artists such as Sassetta and Domenico di Bartolo, but also Pinturicchio, author in 1505 of the famous painting “the Mountain of Wisdom”, which is the road to virtue as reaching the inner serenity.
Beautiful part designed by Domenico Beccafumi that in Siena perfected the technique of marble inlay so as to obtain results similar to the lights and shadows of the light-dark design.
There is the Piccolomini library, the Pinturicchio’s frescos are from 1509, telling the story of the Pop Pio the II which his descendants were living in Pienza in the Piccolomini Palace till 1968. Sylvius Piccolomini himself was a man of philosophy and scolar, born in Pienza in 1405 and was elected Pop in 1458.
Once you entered the Chapel (1) you will notice the pavement with its magnificent marble stone floor, each part has a story, you must read about.
The Duomo was built between 1136 and 1382 , nearly 250 years of works, it is the most spectacular in Italy.To absorb all this beauty created by men, you must catch a corner, sit and admire each painting, statue or fresco.
The Pulpit panels were carved by Nicola Pisano in 1265 till 1268, the panels on the octagonal pulpit depict scens from the life of Christ.
Piazza del Duomo, Tel 0577’283048
Pollicino Duomo and Library Mar-Aug 10.30 AM till 7-30 PM . Monday -Saturday