She died at the age of 33 in Rome. In 1461 she was made a saint, in 1866 she became a patron saint of Rome, and in 1939 a patron saint of Italy. Finally in 1999, she was proclaimed a co-patron saint of Europe.
Apart from having her spiritual origins in this church in Siena, Saint Catherine of Siena remains present in the church in the form of relics. Although buried in Rome, her head was returned to Siena where it is preserved above the altar of Basilica di San Domenico. In addition her thumb and the whip she used for self-flagellation on behalf of the faithful are contained in a small window box to the right of the Chapel of Saint Catherine inside the basilica.
Tours & Tickets
Immerse yourself in Italy’s history on this 2-hour sightseeing tour. Explore Siena's UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town; discover Siena's central square, ... Read more
Location: Siena, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)
Visit two highlights of Tuscany, the charming cities of Siena, San Gimignano and Greve in Chianti, on an action-packed day trip from Florence. After traveling ... Read more
Location: Florence, Italy
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)