The Baptistery of San Giovanni, Another Wonder of Siena

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The Baptistery of San Giovanni in Siena

If you decided to visit Tuscany, you can not discover the most magical city: Siena.

Siena, for those who remain enchanted by tradition, is full of artistic masterpieces, with works of extraordinary beauty that make it unique not only in Italy but all over the world .

One of the most striking is undoubtedly the Baptistery of San Giovanni , built between 1316 and 1325 just behind the base of the apse of the wonderful Duomo.

Its famous façade remained unfinished while the interior part was completed in 1325 and hosts one of the masterpieces of the entire Italian Renaissance or the Baptismal Font by Jacopo della Quercia .

La Fonte is composed of a hexagon-shaped basin decorated with bronze panels depicting the most famous scenes of the life of St. John the Baptist and which, besides Jacopo della Quercia, saw the participation of artists such as Donatello, Lorenzo Ghiberti, Giovanni di Turino and Turino di Sano.

The Stories of John, taken from the Gospel, are in the form of a narration starting from the episode in which the old priest Zaccaria was announced that his wife, even if sterile, had the possibility to conceive what would become the future Giovanni.

La Fonte is a real wonder where there are the Statues of Virtue created by Donatello and others by Goro di Nericcio and Giovanni di Turino.

The ciborium has instead four Angels and the Statue of St. John the Baptist.

Inside the Baptistery there are also statues that date back to the Academy of Giovanni Pisano and other frescoes.

The Baptistery is one of the most suggestive attractions that you will find in the center of Siena and for this reason, if you want to maintain maximum comfort, we suggest you book our hotel in the center of Siena with 20-seater parking.

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