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Founded in the 9th century, Santa Maria della Scala was one of Europe’s first hospitals. Full review →
For more than 1,000 years, this complex across from the Duomo was home to Siena's hospital, but now it serves as a museum to display some terrific frescoes and other Sienese Renaissance... Full review →Don't miss della Quercia's original sculpted reliefs from the Fonte Gaia.
Elsewhere in the hospital complex are other frescoes and altarpieces commissioned by the hospital as it acquired huge landholdings and considerable wealth over the centuries. Full review →
Built as a hospice for pilgrims travelling the Via Francigena, this huge complex opposite the duomo dates from the 13th century. Its highlight is the upstairs Pellegrinaio (Pilgrim's... Full review →Don't miss the atmospheric Archaeological Museum housed in the basement tunnels and the medieval fienile (hayloft) on level three, which houses Jacopo della Quercia's original Fonte Gaia sculptures.
The old Santa Maria della Scala hospital, built in the 10C and in use as a hospital until as recently as the 1990s, is now a museum and cultural centre housing exhibitions. Full review →