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  • Address: Piazza del Duomo, 2, Siena, Tuscany 53100, Italy
  • Hours: Oct 16-Mar 16: every day 10:30am-4:30pm; Mar 17-Oct 15: every day 10:30am-6:30pm
  • Admission: €6; groups 15+ people: €4.50; students/seniors/disabled/soldiers: €3.50; children <11 free


Santa Maria della Scala Tours

Santa Maria della Scala was one of Europe’s first hospitals. Established by the Catholic priests of the Siena Duomo, it housed and cared for those making the pilgrimage across Europe to Rome, and also took care of the local poor and took in orphaned and abandoned children.

To impress God and each other, the local wealthy families of the 15th century gave generously to the hospital, including commissioning important artists to decorate the building. The external frescoes are now all lost but interior works remain, including a series of frescoes telling the story of the hospital located in the Pilgrim’s Hall on the fourth floor.

Nearby is the original church that the hospital grew around, Church of Santissima Annunziata. On the third floor is the original of Jacopo della Quercia’s Fonte Gaia, the fountain of joy – a copy is in the Piazza del Campo.

Santa Maria della Scala is now a large museum complex housing archeological artifacts and other exhibitions, including the Children’s Art Museum, the Birganti Book and Photo Library and the Contemporary Art Center.

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Led by a local registered tour guide, become real detectives and, walking through the historical centre, let the city of Verona – with the help of ...  Read more

Location: Verona, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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