Duomo
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom7,866 contributions
May 2022
Every tourist will find themselves in front of the Duomo at some point because it is located in the centre of the main square, Piazza Grande. It’s worth noting, to avoid confusion that it is aka the Cathedral Santa Maria Assunta.
First impressions of the cathedral are that it looks unfinished. Construction started in 1586 but didn’t finish until 1680. There’s no polished stone or marble and very little ornamentation. It’s all bare, exposed rough bricks. Did they down tools halfway through the project? It turns out that yes, they did. The city simply ran out of money and costs blew out. The plan was to cover the facade in marble but it never happened.
If you simply stop and have a look at the Duomo from the outside, you will most likely give the unfinished facade a quick look and move on. To appreciate it more, you really have to go inside.
The interior is a vast, echoing space, with three naves and rows of towering columns. The dim lighting made it a little gloomy but it was uncrowded (almost empty) when we were there and there are several beautiful 15th and 16th century artworks.
The highlight would normally be the massive, golden triptych, painted by Taddeo do Bartolo in 1401. It usually adorns the High Altar. Unfortunately, it was missing when we were there recently. Presumably it was being restored. I couldn’t find any information about when it might return. In its place, a large black cloth with a copy (albeit a decent copy) of the triptych was hung over the altar so at least you got the general effect of it.
Another small but beautiful painting stood out, Madonna del Pilastro. This rather soulful and sincere looking Mary with a golden background, was painted in the 15th-century by Sano di Pietro (Taddeo de Bartolo’s pupil).
Another smaller blue and white glazed altar, the Altar of Gigli by Andrea della Robbia, also caught our eye, only because we had seen several similar Della Robbia pieces around Florence.
It’s worth looking down at your feet while here. The paved floors are pretty interesting. You will see tombstones, inscriptions, the crests of noble families ling-gone and strangely, there are images go skulls and crossbones.
NOTES: The Duomo, like many Italian churches is closed during the middle of the day, between 12:30 and 3pm so you’ll need to time your visit for the morning or later afternoon.
Written 30 October 2022
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JJJC_Family
Virginia629 contributions
Apr 2022
Nice, relatively plain small, but bigger than expected for such a small town, duomo. It is very peaceful inside and maybe you will see one or two other people on your visit. It' a nice place to sit if your feet are sore, you are tired and you want a short respite from your walk around town.
Written 26 April 2022
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JJJC_Family
Virginia629 contributions
Nov 2021
Some small towns have amazing cathedrals, shocking considering their size. This, alas, is not one of them. It's modest and fine, but nothing special. You certainly would not go out of your way to see it, but if you are there, why not? It won't take you long, ten to fifteen minutes, tops.
Written 3 January 2022
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Jake23
New Jersey6,507 contributions
Aug 2021
The duomo is located at the top of the town in Piazza Grande. Stop by and take some pictures. While it is not distinguishable to other duomo in Tuscany it’s till worth seeing.
Written 6 August 2021
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Kroulak
Brno, Czech Republic3,753 contributions
Sep 2020 • Family
We walk in thrue the service and full respect quite/silence,but the staff take as away because...ok,not something special.
Written 5 September 2020
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JeanPaulBelmondo
Basel, Switzerland678 contributions
Jul 2019
This Duomo is originating from medieval times. It's very spacious but also sober inside which is also due to the fact that during the war there was a fierce german resistence against the allied forces and thereby much of the buildings and arts were destroyed and this happened also to the duomo.
Written 14 February 2020
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Jim_atl
Atlanta, Georgia1,008 contributions
Oct 2019
I went in this cathedral while visiting Montepulciano during a private tour. The cathedral was not finished on the outside and is just bricks. The inside is rather plain, especially compared to so many other cathedrals in Italy. A quick visit is probably sufficient.
Written 27 October 2019
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palmpirate
British Columbia, Canada557 contributions
Oct 2019 • Friends
Funds must have run out to finish this building but no expense spared inside! Really lovely pieces of different eras. Don’t miss the ceramic one with the lovely blue and green glazes.
Written 17 October 2019
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AllanJGJ
Wellington, New Zealand3,614 contributions
Oct 2019
Montepulciano's duomo makes an interesting backdrop to Piazza Grande with its rough and unfinished-looking stonework. While there's a lovely triptych inside it's not the most interesting or impressive church you'll ever see (although look out for St Thaddeus in the triptych - it's actually a self-portrait by the artist Taddeo di Bartolo!). But if you're sitting in the Piazza for coffee or lunch admiring the fortress-like Duomo then it would be very rude not to go in for a quick look before departing.
Written 9 October 2019
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westy54
Sydney, Australia8,476 contributions
Jun 2019
The Duomo which is officially the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, is a 16th century structure that took more than 50 years to build and even then they didn't finish the facade. Construction of the Cathedral began in 1586 but it was not consecrated until 1712. The Cathedral was built over the remains of an early parish church, the only surviving structure from that church being the 15th century bell tower whose belfry was never finished. This bell tower sits beside the Cathedral.

The external facade of the Cathedral is of unadorned brick, that has three portals, one smaller portal either side of the larger central portal. There is a small rectangular window (two in total) high up on the facade above each of the smaller portals and a larger stained glass window high up above the main portal.

The interior structure has three naves in a Latin Cross plan. The central nave is separated from the naves either side by large pillars that support round arches. The central nave has a barrel vaulted ceiling whilst the ceilings of the two side aisle are cross vaulted. The ceilings and walls are largely unadorned.

There is an important triptych of the Assunta dating from the 15th century that hangs above the high altar but this was covered during our visit as it is obviously being restored. There are several other important paintings including a beautiful 15th century picture of the Madonna and Child by Sano di Pietro, however we subsequently were advised that this is a copy with the original being held in the Museo Civico. There were some lovely polychrome marble chapels and some colourful stained glass windows but overall this was not a memorable cathedral and certainly not a must see..
Written 5 October 2019
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