Adjoining the Siena Cathedral by a narrow passageway is a small room called the Piccolomini Library. My eyes must have gotten as big as saucers when I entered this room. The sheer exquisiteness of this tiny space is hard to describe and even harder to convey in my humble photos.
The room contains illuminated displays of choir books and....
...is surrounded by frescos by Bernardino di Betto which were probably based on designs by Raphael. The visual impact of the frescoes is quite spectacular.
The frescoes tell the story of the life of Siena's favorite son, cardinal Enea Silvio Piccolomini who eventually became Pope Pius II. That is certainly something for the community to be proud of.
In the middle of the library is the famous "Three Graces". It's a Roman copy of the Greek original.
Everywhere I looked in this tiny room was a visual feast including the ceiling.