Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena

Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena (must see)

The Museo dell'Opera del Duomo houses the art treasures of the Cathedral of Siena. It is one of the oldest private museums in Italy.

In the year 1339, Siena was one of the wealthiest cities in Italy. At the time there were plans to extend the cathedral structure to make it one of the biggest in the world. Construction had started when the plague epidemic that swept across Europe killed almost two thirds of the population of Siena in 1348. As a result, the new nave remained unfinished. The Museo dell'Opera del Duomo was established in 1879 in the walled up right aisle of the unfinished new nave of the cathedral. It has an impressive collection of religious art and sculpture by well known Sienese artists.

Treasures at the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo include Sienese religious sculpture which was to have adorned the façade of the unfinished structure, stained glass windows by the artist, Duccio di Buoninsegna, tapestries and manuscripts. A separate air conditioned room houses the Maesta altarpiece also by Duccio di Buoninsegna which is the treasure of the museum. When the artist finished the piece in 1311, it is said that it was carried in procession to the cathedral by the clergy, statesmen and townsfolk. Visitors can climb the stairs on to what was planned to be the façade of a new cathedral in 1339 and get spectacular views across Siena.
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Museo dell'Opera del Duomo on Map

Sight Name: Museo dell'Opera del Duomo
Sight Location: Siena, Italy (See walking tours in Siena)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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Walking Tours in Siena, Italy

Create Your Own Walk in Siena

Create Your Own Walk in Siena

Creating your own self-guided walk in Siena is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Museum Tour of Siena

Museum Tour of Siena

Siena is famous for its museums, which preserve a great number of cultural masterpieces. The museums of Siena showcase paintings, sculptures and frescoes that date back to ancient times. You can also get aсquainted with other objects related to the cultural and historical development of the city. If you want to feel the spirit of Siena, visit the notable museums included on this tour.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 Km or 1 Miles
Siena Sightseeing Tour

Siena Sightseeing Tour

Siena is a beautiful medieval city situated in the center of the Toscana region. As a city with a rich history, it has a lot of cultural and historical attractions to offer visitors. The following tour will lead you to the most famous sights of Siena.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles
Top Religious Buildings

Top Religious Buildings

Churches in Siena have both historical and cultural value, as almost every one of them is decorated with Renaissance art. Some of the masterpieces date back to the 13th century. A walking tour of Siena's places of worship is the best way to learn about the cultural and spiritual center of the city. Take this tour to visit some of Siena's most famous churches.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 Km or 2.2 Miles
Siena's Historical Buildings Tour

Siena's Historical Buildings Tour

Siena is the city of ancient architecture. You can observe architectural styles from different periods of history in Siena's imperious castles, palaces and other historic buildings. Be sure to visit Siena's most important historic structures that are found on this tour.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 Km or 1 Miles
Siena Introduction Walking Tour

Siena Introduction Walking Tour

The historic city of Siena in Italy's Tuscany, founded by ancient Etruscans, is laden with monuments. Among them are numerous medieval sculptures, some dating back as far as the 13th century, an unfinished Gothic cathedral by Niccolo Pisano and Donatello, and others. To find out more about the riches of Siena, follow this orientation walk and explore the city's top attractions.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 Km or 2.9 Miles