The Duomo in Siena is one of Italy's Gothic wonders. This breathtaking medieval church contains work created by some of the most important masters in history. It was built on top of a pagan temple dedicated to the goddess Minerva. This enormous, breathtaking architectural wonder is filled with many treasures. The baptistery contains amazing frescoes and a font created by Donatello, and inside the main nave there is an inlaid marble floor with 56 square slabs, each depicting a scene that tells a story. These masterful and inspiring creations date from 1349 to 1547 and were created by different artists, almost all of whom were from Siena.
Nothing can prepare you for what you will experience inside. From the striking black and white columns to the gold stars that adorn the ceilings above you, the Duomo captivates its visitors with its unmatched beauty and splendor. Walking around the Duomo is a visceral experience for many, with its abundance of ancient art and beautiful statues, from Donatello to Michelangelo; from Bernini to Pisano. The magnificent fresco cycle by Pinturicchio decorating the walls of the Piccolomini Library is one of the finest in the world.
The Duomo's "Gateway to Heaven"
A section of secret passages, spiral staircases and internal walkways was recently opened up to visitors after remaining closed for 900 years, providing an astonishing view of the cathedral ceilings, as well as the Siena skyline. The newly opened "gateway to heaven" allows visitors to enjoy a unique aerial view of the extraordinary mosaics that cover the marble floor, as well as a closer proximity to the ornate vaulted ceilings. At nearly 50 feet in the air, these walkways in the roof of the Duomo are not for the faint of heart, but are definitely worth the ascent.
The Duomo in Siena is one of Italy's most impressive churches and is absolutely stunning on the inside and out. I hope to experience the Duomo with you on our Sacred Tour of Italy this fall.
Blessings, love and light,