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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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  • 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!

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.

What's included
Entrance to Santa Maria della Scala
Entrance to other venues on the OPA Si Pass
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
Cancellation policy
  • Cancellation may be available depending on your ticket selection
  • Changes are not possible for this ticket

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

Opening hours
Friday Closed
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday Closed
How to get there
Santa Maria della Scala
Piazza del Duomo, 1, 53100, Siena
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Ratings & reviews
4 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 22, 2019
Recomendable por la masificación
Oct 6, 2018
parfait pour ne pas perdre de temps

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