Divine Beauty: The Floor of Siena’s Cathedral on view through October 27, 2014

Divina Bellezza: Siena Cathedral Floor


Divine Beauty: The Floor of Siena’s Cathedral

The mosaic masterpiece created by about 40 different artists during the 14th-19th centuries is usually protected by the feet of thousands of daily visitors and covered from view. But during the summer period of August 18-October 27, 2014, beginning with the Palio of the Assumption, it is temporarily on view.

The visual “carpet” is famous for its astounding beauty, for the marble inlay graffito and intarsia techniques using local stone and mastered similarly to wood inlay, and for the figurative messages and stories it has communicated to visitors over the centuries — including scenes from the Old Testament, the Sibyls, allegories and virtues. In fact, Giorgio Vasari once described it as “the most beautiful, largest and most magnificent floor that ever was made”.

Don’t miss your chance to see this artistic and historic marvel plus The Gate of Heaven in the “sky” of the cathedral during your next visit to Siena and its beautiful cathedral complex.

Interior view of the Cathedral (Duomo) of Siena

Interior view of the Cathedral (Duomo) of Siena

From August 18 to October 27, 2014

Open hours: 10.30am – 7.30pm, Sundays and holidays 9.30am-6pm

Tickets during the uncovered floor period:
7 € (Cathedral + Piccolomini’s Library, inside the Cathedral); OPA SI PASS 12 €/valid 3 days (Cathedral + Piccolomini’s Library + Baptistery of San Giovanni + Crypt + Duomo Museum + Panoramic terrace of the Cathedral)


About SACI

SACI is a US non-profit College of Art and Design in Florence, Italy, for undergraduate and graduate students seeking accredited instruction in studio art, design, conservation, art history, and Italian language and culture. Founded in 1975, SACI offers the following programs: Academic Semester/Year Abroad, Summer Studies, Venice Summer Program, Post-Bac in Conservation, MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: