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Tickets for Santa Maria della Scala: Skip The Line

Make a pilgrimage to this Sienese cultural icon

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Overview
Opening hours
Today:  10:00 - 20:00
Tomorrow:  10:00 - 19:00
Sunday:  10:00 - 19:00
Monday:  10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday:  Closed
Wednesday:  10:00 - 17:00
Thursday:  10:00 - 17:00
Best time to visit
Early mornings
Highlights
  • See one of the first European hospitals built solely to accommodate pilgrims traveling along the Via Francigena
  • Explore four levels of museums and attractions, including the Children's Museum and The Archeological Museum
  • See the Sacred Nail Chapel, Palazzo Squarcialupi, the Chapel of Our Lady of Mantle and more!
Description

The Complex of Santa Maria della Scala, in front of Siena's grand Duomo, is one of the oldest 'hospitals' in Europe. As one of the first places to offer lodging and food to pilgrims and abandoned children, it's an important historical and cultural icon. It's now a significant museum complex. Skip the line and explore it all.

Santa Maria della Scala was once a welcoming sanctuary for orphans, the sick, and pilgrims. Its artistically rich interior says a lot about how the under-privileged were treated in those times. It has paintings and frescoes from important Medieval and Renaissance artists including Simone Martini, Ambrogio and Pietro Lorenzetti.

Several museums and monumental areas are spread across four floors, so allow yourself some time to explore.

Enter at Piazza del Duomo on level four and work your way down. Highlights are the Pellegrinaio - boasting a huge wall of 14th-century frescoes depicting the Life of the Virgin - plus the Old Sacristy. The Children's Museum has exhibits for youngsters, and the many altarpieces. The third-floor courtyard has a medieval hayloft with a marble Fonte Gaia by Jacopo della Quercia.

Plus, the Archeological Museum on the first floor is a treasure trove of unearthed relics. Pilgrims have been coming here for hundreds of years, now it's your turn.

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Skip The Line
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What's included
  • Entrance to Santa Maria della Scala
  • Entrance to other venues on the OPA Si Pass
Instructions

Swap your smartphone voucher for a paper ticket at desk 1 or 2 at the ticket office.

Cancellation

Cancellations are not possible for this ticket.

Venue
Address
Santa Maria della Scala (Ospedale)
Piazza del Duomo, 1, 53100, Siena
Additional info

Last admission

  • 1-14 March: one hour before closure
  • 15 March - 15 October: 18:00
  • 16 October - 22 December: one hour before closure
  • 23 December - 6 January: 18:00
Reviews
Aug 13, 2018
A lovely place to visit, very interesting and full of fabulous things to look at. They use their space for the now as well as the past.
Oct 6, 2018
parfait pour ne pas perdre de temps
May 20, 2018
correcto
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