Santa Maria della Scala

Who we are

A huge complex, almost a "quarter" of the city in its own right, erected oppoSite: the Cathedral begun at the turn of the 12th century and virtually completed by the mid-15th century, Santa Maria della Scala first saw the light of day as a medieval hospice-cum-hospital with multiple functions including sheltering travellers and pilgrims, caring for the sick and the needy and offering abandoned children a new family.

When its life cycle as a venue for healthcare came to an end in the late 20th century, the complex became the object of a grandiose restoration project that is still ongoing today. The project has allowed it to maintain its ancient calling as a place of welcome, now in the guise of a museum complex in which visitors can explore its astonishing architectural, artistic, social, political and economic history going back almost a thousand years.

The hospital's potential and complexity spawned a lively debate in the 1980s regarding the possibilities for renovating and reusing the imposing structure with the involvement of interesting research workshops hosted in it, right up to the international call for ideas launched by the municipal authorities in 1992 which awarded the restoration to Studio Canali from Parma.

The complex's history and calling encourage its management today to renovate more of the as yet unrestored areas of Santa Maria with a view to developing it from a pure museum into a centre of cultural and creative production interacting with its museum activities but open to other forms of artistic and cultural expression.

Organisation

Comune di Siena

Mayor

Luigi De Mossi

Siena Municipal
Museum Management

Director

Daniele Pittéri

Museum Cultural
Planning Service

Roberta Mari

person in charge
0577 534540
roberta.mari@comune.siena.it

Debora Barbagli
Caterina Cataldo
Michelina Simona Eremita
Nora Giordano
Lucia Pacchierotti
Beatrice Pulcinelli
Luigi Perinti
Sante Scarponi

SMS Enhancement,
Management and Development Service

Francesco Montagnani

person in charge
0577 292412
francesco.montagnani@comune.siena.it

Stefano Amidei
Giorgio Angelini
Caterina Biagini
Sabrina Caselli
Riccardo Giacopelli
This website uses cookies to improve user experience. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy.   Read moreI agree