The Cathedral of Siena: Piccolomini Library

This little library tucked inside Siena’s famous Duomo proves that great things really do come in small packages. Covered with floor-to-ceiling frescoes that leave viewers amazed and awe-inspired, the Piccolomini Library is an unmissable feast for the eyes. The frescoes depict scenes from the life of Aeneas Silvius Piccolomini, a 15th-century Sienese man who lived a life of great adventure before turning to religion and rising up the Church ranks to become Pope. Learn about how this author of an erotic romance novel changed his ways, and why the frescoes are stunning works of Renaissance art.