Admire again the top of the construction of the Duomo of Siena. The path has allowed us to access a range of venues used by workers directed by the great architects who have come and gone over the centuries. The visit is allowed only in groups of maximum 18 people, accompanied by security staff, and reveals a series of discoveries and emotions.
The Gate of Heaven
Cathedral of Siena
- From Monday to Saturday: from 10:30am to 6pm, each 30 minutes
- Sundays: from 2pm to 6pm, each 30 minutes
Duration: 30 minutes.
All visitors will receive the Roof Map, a useful visit tool that becomes a gadget to take home, available in the following languages: Italian, English, French, German, Spanish and Russian.
Reservations must be made with a minimum of 1 day notice.
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Before making your eservation, please, read the Ordering Informations
IMPORTANT NOTICE: After succesfully completing a reservation, you will receive two e- mails: the copy of your order (immediately after submitting your order) and the confirmation mail (one working day after). In order to receive them, please make sure you insert your e-mail address correctly and check that your anti-spam filter or antivirus are not blocking mails from our address [email protected] Special attention for AOL, Comcast and Sbcglobal.net mailbox users. Vouchers will also be available, aftre one business day from the request, at the page http://www.weekendinitaly.com/get_vouchers2.php
PLEASE NOTICE: Confirmed time is not always the same time you requested; museum automatically confirms the closest available time (any time) on the same date if requested time is sold out.
Cancellations and changes:
Once a visit is confirmed, it can be changed, upon the payment of a penalty fee, according to museum availability. Confirmed visits can be canceled and refunded cost of unused tickets minus service fee. No shows can also be refunded, upon request, for cost of unused tickets minus service fee.
HOW TO REACH SIENA:
BUS LINE FLORENCE - SIENA (SITA): Click here for information regarding this line
From North: A1 Highway - exit Firenze Certosa; then, Superstrada Firenze Siena - exit Siena Porta San Marco. Follow indications to Il Fagiolone Parking, Strada di Pescaia, to make the checkpoint and continue until Porta San Marco, where passengers will be able to make the visit of Siena.
From South: A1 Highway - exit Bettolle, then, Raccordo Autostradale Bettolle Siena - entrance Siena West Ring Road - exit Siena Porta San Marco
Information guidelines for visitors to the Attic
or safety reasons, it is strongly advised to refuse admission to visitors wearing high-heeled shoes. Visitors are advised to wear close-toed shoes with antislip soles (no slippers, thongs, sandals, clogs, or footwear with leather soles).
pay the utmost attention to the height of ceilings and passageways.
- the tour is not recommended for people suffering from heart conditions or dizziness, and anyone not in a suitable state of health to climb up to and visit the superelevated locations;
- visitors are advised to carry cameras, mobile phones, eyeglasses etc. on a shoulder strap or tied to the wrist in order to avoid accidental falls.
it is advised to hold children by the hand and make sure they do not elude control at any time.
smoking is prohibited in all the outdoor areas and at lookouts.
visitors are informed that for safety reasons, stopping in the entrance/exit “winding staircase” is permitted for the time strictly necessary to deposit or claim umbrellas (other personal effects can not be deposited).
Depositing personal effects:
visitors carrying backpacks or large bulky bags will not be admitted. Clients are advised that personal effects can not be deposited in the OPA Museum Complex.
Visitors displaying illegitimate, illicit or harmful behaviour or that, in any event, is dangerous for themselves and for the other people present, such as failure to comply with the safety indications given at the time of booking and/or during the visit, will be asked to leave and have no right to reimbursement.
Practical Information - Before You Book
PLEASE NOTE: Immediately after submitting an order, you will receive two emails. The first email contains your order summary (this one you receive immediately after placing your order), the second email confirms your successful payment (one business day after placing the order). In order to receive these two emails, please make sure that you enter your email address correctly and check that antispam or antivirus filters do not block emails from our [email protected] address. Users of AOL, Comcast and Sbcglobal.net need to pay special attention to this, please. Vouchers will also be available, one business day after the request, at your dashboard. IMPORTANT NOTE: The museum or attraction will automatically confirm the closest available time, which can be anytime during opening hours on the selected date, if your preferred time is no longer available.
Experience the tour that is back by popular demand – see the Cathedral of Siena from its topmost points! The Gate of Heaven Tour takes you into the hidden structure of the cathedral and offers spectacular views onto the architecture and art of this building.
Cathedral of Siena: The Gate of Heaven Tour | Weekend in Italy
The magnificent facade of the Duomo, as the Cathedral is called, is flanked by two majestic towers ending in many spire-like forms that shoot upwards. Inside these towers, practically invisible to visitors, winding staircases lead up to the ‘heavens’ of the Cathedral.
An itinerary reserved for small groups accompanied by expert guides begins above the starry vault of the right aisle. You will indeed walk above the church and experience unusual points of view both inside and outside of the Cathedral.
From the vantage point of the polychrome stained glass windows depicting the Apostles by Ulisse De Matteis, you'll look onto the famous church floor and the principal sculptural monuments, as well as into the dome with the representation of Sienese saints, Saint Catherine and Saint Bernardino.
From the balcony of the dome, you will see the high altar, the copy of the stained glass window by Duccio di Buoninsegna with the “mandorla” of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary in the center, and sculptural masterpieces. From the left aisle, you will look onto a splendid panorama with the Basilica of San Domenico, the Medici Fortress, the entire dome of the Chapel of Saint John the Baptist, and the surrounding countryside up to hills known as the Montagnola Senese.
Then, you will step behind the facade, at the balcony that looks out onto Piazza del Duomo and the view of Santa Maria della Scala, and enter the gallery on the counter-facade. From here, you'll have an overall view of the nave, seeing the heads of popes and emperors from above, as well as the inlay work representing the philosophers of the ancient world.
The image of the “gate of heaven” refers to Genesis 28:10-22. In this bible chapter, a ladder appears to Jacob in his dream, a ladder that reaches heaven, with the angels of God ascending and descending on it.
In his dream, God promises Jacob the earth on which he has slept and an immense lineage. When he rises, Jacob exclaims “This is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven,” a verse used by the liturgy of the catholic mass in dedicating cathedrals. In the litany of Loreto, the ‘gate of heaven’ also refers to the Virgin Mary as the Mother of Christ and of humanity, she is the ‘Queen assumed into Heaven.’
The Gate of Heaven itinerary will give you a different understanding of the dedication of the Cathedral of Siena to the Assumption of the Madonna, and the strong connection the people of Siena have had with the Virgin Mary for centuries – a connection reflected in the Siennese motto “Sena vetus civitas Virginis” (“Siena, ancient city of the Virgin”).
Please note that "The Gate of Heaven" is an accompanied walk, NOT a guided tour.
Once a confirmation code has been assigned to your reservation, we can refund the cost of unused tickets, also for no-shows, minus a service fee (reservation fee and online booking fee).
Full: 13.3, Fare applied whenever no reduction may be applied