Tuscany, Italy

Siena Cathedral

This ornate medieval church has a hidden treasure inside that you absolutely have to discover for yourself.

Medieval splendour

Nestled in the heart of Siena, the Siena Cathedral is a magnificent 13th-century church. The outside is impressive enough, with typical period architecture making the building stand out from its surrounds, but the real experience is inside. Siena Cathedral’s library is unlike any other in the world. The Piccolomini Library is richly decorated with medieval frescos that have survived the elements and still appear in their original, vibrant colours. There are few places in the world where you can see such old artwork on display in such excellent condition, so this is definitely one for the art lovers to visit.

Plenty to see

There are lots of other places of interest around the Siena Cathedral–from the Baptistry, to the Crypt, to the Museum of Sacred Art–so it’s well worth the day-trip to Siena even if you’re not staying there. It’s a little over an hour outside of Florence by car or bus, making it the perfect place to take a break from the big city for a few hours to really get the most out of your holiday.