History & heritage tours

Santa Maria della Scala complex tickets

Availability: Every day
Duration: 1 day
Language: English , Italian , French , Spanish , German
Mobile voucher accepted
Do this because
  • See a museum complex located just in front of the Duomo
  • Enjoy a cultural experience that goes well beyond a classical museum visit
  • Discover one of the first examples of hospitalization for the reception of pilgrims
What to expect

The Santa Maria della Scala complex is one of the oldest hospitals in Europe, now a museum. Built along the Via Francigena right in the heart of the city, opposite the Duomo of Siena, it once had the function of hosting and welcoming pilgrims and the most needy visitors.

In fact, this imposing structure occupies the entire slope of the hill in front of the Duomo with its mighty back façade facing the valley. Inside the Museum Complex there are churches, chapels and oratories, which bear witness to the medieval religiosity of this sacred place.

On the ground floor, you can admire the vestiges of the golden age of Santa Maria della Scala when the structure gave hospitality and care to pilgrims traveling to Rome. Here you will see the extraordinary Sala del Pellegrinaio, with fifteenth-century frescoes worked on by Domenico di Bartolo who depict the hospital's missions and the daily life of the time.

On the third floor there's the Corticella, a portico in the heart of the complex reached by a single internal road, where goods of all kinds arrived. In this courtyard, rooms are today used as display rooms, such as the XV century barn with elegant cross vaults.

Included in the ticket price you will also have an audio guide, which you can use to immerse yourself in the history of the building and its works of art. There are three large floors to be discovered, in which temporary exhibitions are also set up.

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What's included
  • Entrance tickets with audio guide
  • Access to temporary exhibitions
Reduced price
  • Reduced: children from 12 to 19, seniors over 65, university students not enrolled in Siena, military members
  • Free: children under 11, residents and students in Siena, disabled and one companion, journalists
  • Show a valid ID/certificate to prove the right to reduced or free admission
  • Free tickets can only be purchased at the ticket office on site

Piazza del Duomo, 1, 53100 Siena SI

Meeting point:

Santa Maria della Scala

What to remember
  • Tickets are valid every day
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Opening hours from 15 March to 15 October:

  • Every day except Thursday from 10.00am to 7.00pm
  • Thursday from 10.00am to 10.00pm

Opening hours from 16 October to 14 March:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 10.00am to 5.00pm
  • Thursday from 10.00am to 8.00pm
  • Saturday, Sunday from 10.00am to 7.00pm
  • Closed on Tuesday

Opening hours from 23 December to 6 January:

  • Every day except Thursday from 10.00am to 7.00pm
  • Thursday from 10.00am to 10.00pm
  • Holidays from 10.00am to 7.00pm
  • Closed on December 25
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