Siena's duomo, or cathedral, floor is paved with stunning etched and inlaid marble mosaics that tell stories. Created by 40 artists, including major Sienese artists and a few top artists from outside Siena, between 1369 and 1547, the unique pavement is made up of 56 panels depicting Biblical stories, historical events, and allegorical scenes.
In the center of the floor near the door are the pavement's oldest panels including a panel showing the wolf of Siena with allied cities depicted in a circle around the wolf. A book telling about all the scenes is available in the Duomo gift shop near the entrance.
To keep them from becoming damaged, many of the floor pavements inside Siena's duomo are kept covered with carpets most of the year although a few of the panels are always visible but protected by barriers.
Next, on page 2, find out when the pavement is uncovered for viewing