Monuments in Siena - Hotel Le Fontanelle
Monuments in Siena
Siena, with his only preserved medieval architecture perfectly it satisfies every lover of the art and whoever
him, you allow to fascinate from this beautiful town. Small give hidden piazzettine, shared by a couple of
pigeons and you, to the buildings
built in the centuries XIV and XV,
there is always some work to
stay to admire.
The absent traffic in the centre of
the town makes the experience
of a walk more beautiful and
entirely absorbed in the medieval
atmosphere of the place. The
followings are alone some of the
places that must absolutely be
visited, finding itself to spend some time to Siena.
In the heart in Siena, Campo Square (Piazza del Campo) is found, famous for its form to shell and all
today center of the town life. Inside the square the Fonte Gaia is found, an unique fountain for its
quadrangular form and for its beautiful images that are found along the wall.
The original panels of Jacopo della Quercia are now found in Saint Maria della
Scala, but an accurate copy of Tito Sarrocchi serves
as magnificent foreshortening in this admirable
PUBLIC BUILDING - CIVIC MUSEUM
The Public Building, of whose initial project is not known the author, has suffered various constructive
phases: already from 1304 the overlooking part the Campo was probably already realized, then he
proceeded to a "amplification" consistent in the central section that entertains the Loggia dei Nove, Sala del
Consiglio, Uffici della Biccherna; the greatest following changes were those of Carlo Fontana at the end of
the XVII century, concerning the raisings of the two side wings and those of end Eight hundred of
restoration of the façade in sense neogotico. With the institution
of the Civic Museum, in the years '30 of this century, the
Building has reached the order that still today preserve. It
possesses a historical-artistic patrimony of extraordinary due
value to works as the Majesty of Simone Martini, the Good and
paintings and datable foreigners among the centuries XVI and
XVIII, ceramics of manufacture inclusive senese among the
centuries XIV and XVIII and other precious collections.
In the Room of the Suggestion it was situated the revolving World map painted by Ambrogio Lorenzetti in
1345, constituted by a revolving round loom covered of light material and finally lost.
TORRE DEL MANGIA
On the left side of the Public Building the Torre del Mangia built in 1848 and tall 102
m, offers a magnificent sight on the town and the country; it symbolized the town
liberties and the liberation from the feudal power, but that it played for the first time in
coincidence of the appalling epidemic that unequivocally damaged the economy senese
closing the gold epoch of it.
The Cathedral or cathedral it is a stupendous construction, realized in a half style between the Gothic one
and the Romanesque one, with green and white marbles on the
façade. To the inside there are works of many famous artists,
among which also Donatello, Pisano and Arnolfo di Cambio. One
of his principal attractions are the floor in marble, to the
realization of which many artists have participated. The museum
of the Cathedral, situated in the same square, it entertains some
original statues of the Pisano, you move for motives for
maintenance and numerous other works of art there, among
which the famous one "Majesty" of Duccio of Buoninsegna. On
the same square it also leans out the hospital of Saint Maria
della Scala, what time it entertains a complex museale, in which frescos, works of art and objects of value
are exposed collected through the long years of its millennial history and in which temporary shows are held.
SAN DOMENICO CHURCH
To the inside it is you preserved a fresco of Andrea Vanni, that represents
Saint Caterina. In the left wing of the church, a chapel with a stupendous
altar in marble, entertains some relics of the Saint. In the crypt it is reserved
another marvelous work, a gilded cross painted from Sano di Pietro.
SAN AGOSTINO CHURCH
It entertains a lot of works of art of Vanni and Manetti. In the chapel of the century
XV, called the chapel of the Bichis, there are varied frescos of Martin and Signorelli.
The chapel of the Piccolominis brings a fresco of the Lorenzetti instead.
Three important buildings lean out on Salimbeni square but the
Building Salimbeni it is without doubt the more main point, from the
moment that it entertains the direction of the bank senese of the
Monte dei Paschi, founded over 500 years ago. To the inside a rich
collection of pictures and works of art it is found besides, that is
possible to visit on booking.
The exposed collection includes sections of geology,
zoology, anatomy and botany.
File of State (Museum of the Tablets of Biccherna)
Open only on application to the morning (closed the Saturday and the Sunday). In the Building Piccolomini,
in typical Florentine Renaissance style, this museum preserves the ancient tables of the government ledger
books and a collection of ancient books and manuscripts.
The Baptistery as construction, go up again to 1316-1325 and constitute a sort of crypt of the same
Cathedral. It is a suggestive separated environment in three aisles, with the
times; among these paintings those detach performed by Lorenzo di Pietro, says
the Oldie, that they represent Prophets and Sibille, the Apostles and the truths of
the Catholic Creed. These paintings were still performed between 1447 and 1450
in a gotic style. But the greatest attraction is the baptismal source initiated in
1417 from Jacopo della Quercia. Here Jacopo carved the hexagonal tempietto,
surmounted by the beautiful statue of the Baptist, that however in the Madonna
with her Child it has a work of the senese Giovanni di Turin. In the underlying
tub, six bronzy tiles narrate the histories of the Baptist and among these they
detach, for remarkable formal quality, those performed by the Florentines Lorenzo Ghiberti and Donatello.
The Ghiberti worked the tiles representing the Baptism of Jesus and the capture of S. Giovanni Battista,
while in the 1427 Donatello, in the representing tile the banquet of it Erodes, he left a superb essay of the
new Renaissance art, both in his technical one man show to bas-relief he dictates 'crushed', both in the
multiplication of the perspective plans.
Museum of the work of the Cathedral
Placed in the place in which it would have had to be the Cathedral. Sacred works of an inclusive period
among 1300 and 1500 are found here, together to some works of Duccio. In the Gallery of the Statue, you
will find Giovanni's Pisano sculptures, Jacopo della Quercia and Donatello. There is also a passage to the
open one with a stupendous sight on Siena: not to lose.
Museum of art for Children
A museum that foresees activity and programs thought for approaching children to the art.
Museum of the Society Executive Pious Dispositions
Had opened to the public since 1938, this museum it contains an interesting collection of works of art of the
school senese of the inclusive period among the centuries XIV and XVIII. Some of the works of great relief
are "You Sacred Family with St. Giovannino" of Sodoma and "Saint Caterina conducts in Rome the Pope" of
Girolamo of Welcome.
Oratorical of S.Bernardino
Built in 1400, the inside brings some frescos manieristi of Domenico Beccafumi. Beautiful paintings on wood
and boundaries are found in this baptistery, situated next to the church of St. Francesco.
The Botanical garden is situated inside the surrounded building
of Siena, in the valley of Sant'Agostino, that opens among
Porta Tufi and Porta St. Marco. The garden is present in this
center from 1856 and today covers a surface of two hectares
and a half for the more in slope, exposed to west. The
recognition of the cultivated plants inside the garden is
facilitated by labels that they bring the scientific name of it, the
possible vulgar name and they furnish information on the
family and on the areale of distribution. The autochtonous
plants are labeled with white labels, those exotic with yellow labels.
Building of the Papesses - Center of Contemporary Art
This museum is situated otherwise in the known Building Piccolomini. The Museum in Siena of the
contemporary art offers exposure seasonal and educational activity for the whole year.
This museum entertains the greatest collection of pictures of the school senese, among which also the great
teachers of the century XII, of the first halves the century XVII and works realized on gold foils. You
discover the masterpieces of Duccio of Buoninsegna, Simone Martini, Pietro and Ambrogio Lorenzetti and of
other artists of the school senese.
Sanctuary Of Saint Caterina Da Siena
This famous place was once the house of Saint Caterina. To the inside you can see the oratory of the Kitchen
(built around the 1482), that was the kitchen of the family and the oratory of the Chamber, where the Saint
patrona in Siena used to rest.
Saint Maria della Scala Complex museale
What today is a museum, has been the first hospital in Europe, that offered hospitality to the pilgrims and it
occupied him of the poor men and of the people without fixed abode. To the inside you will find an elegant
collection of works of artists senesi and you will have a foreshortening of the life of the "Spedale," painted in
the frescos of the Room of the Pellegrinaio.