Complesso Museale Santa Maria della Scala, Siena

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Admire the artwork in Complesso Museale Santa Maria della Scala, a former 13th-century hospice-turned-cultural-and-art center. At one time the site mainly drew pilgrims to its doors, but today people flock here for the archeological museum, children's art museum, and contemporary art center, as well as the variety of historical halls and chapels. Kids will enjoy the mysterious atmosphere of the archeological section in the basement, displayed along ancient tunnels. For a real visual treat, head upstairs and find the 15th-century frescoes created by Lorenzo Vecchietta, Priamo della Quercia, and Domenico di Bartolo. Add Complesso Museale Santa Maria della Scala to your Siena travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Siena trip site.
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  • What a nice surprise! We bought the ticket at the Palazzo Pubblico, not really knowing what it was going to be. It turns out the mueseum tells us the story of this building, which operated as an... 
    What a nice surprise! We bought the ticket at the Palazzo Pubblico, not really knowing what it was going to be. It turns out the mueseum tells us the story of this building, which operated as an...  more »
  • Highly recommend this museum if you’re in Siena. Only thing I have to say about the museum is about the bathrooms.. embarrassingly in bad conditions, broken and dirty. 
    Highly recommend this museum if you’re in Siena. Only thing I have to say about the museum is about the bathrooms.. embarrassingly in bad conditions, broken and dirty.  more »
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  • This is one of the coolest museums I have been to (if not THE coolest). It is multiple levels and includes many collections, including Byzantine and Etruscan relics. The complex is a medieval hospital that operated for hundreds of years, so it is a labyrinth of passageways and treasures. Some of the little side rooms felt a little creepy, especially as I descended further into the depths of the stone passageways alone and there were no other people around(!). You can stand at the bottom of a cistern and sit inside a tiny chapel. Climb some creepy little stairs into a dark cavern… Just go. For 9 Euro it’s well worth it.
  • Great way to get away from the crowds and take in Siena History. We had this place all to ourselves on a Friday. Walked right up and bought tickets. The art was amazing. Definitely go downstairs to the archeological museum section. Mind blowing!!!

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