Tuscany, Siena

Duomo di Siena

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The Siena Cathedral, also known as the Duomo di Siena, is a magnificent Gothic church located in the heart of Siena, Italy. The cathedral's construction began in 1215, but it was not until the 14th century that it was transformed into the grand structure that we see today. The black and white marble facade is one of the most distinctive features of the cathedral, with intricate detailing and sculptures that are sure to impress any visitor.

The interior of the cathedral is equally impressive, with works of art from many famous artists, including Michelangelo, Donatello, and Pinturicchio. The ornate pulpit, created by Nicola Pisano and his son Giovanni, is a masterpiece of Gothic sculpture. You can also see the Piccolomini Library with frescoes painted by Pinturicchio, depicting the life of Pope Pius II.

Siena's Duomo is also home to an impressive museum that houses some of the cathedral's most important art and sculptures, including works by Bernini and Donatello. The museum also offers stunning panoramic views of Siena and the surrounding countryside.

Don't miss the opportunity to climb the 13th-century Facciatone, which is the unfinished facade of the cathedral, for some of the best views of the city.