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”.
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)