The Cathedral is originally Romanesque (12th century) with gothic reworkings (15th century) and Renaissance additions. The façade has a magnificent two story porch decorated with relief by the master Nicolò (12th century) and the sixteenth century bell tower is by Sammicheli.
The inside is gothic and divided into three naves by high pink marble columns. In the chapels and presbytery, which is closed by a division of columns by Sammicheli, there are various 14-16th paintings and sculptures.
On the left of the cathedral is a Romanesque cloister with double columns which has the remains of a mosaic floor from the Early Christian basilica. From here one can enter the Romanesque chiesetta di S. Elena (S. Helen's Church)built on the remains of an Early Christian structure and the ancient Battistero di S. Giovanni in Fonte (St John's Baptistery) with an octagonal second century baptismal font.
Address and opening hours:
Cathedral of Santa Maria Matricolare
An admission fee applies. Different tickets are available for:
Opening hours: weekdays from 10.00 till 18.00, weekends and holidays from 13.00 till 18.00 – visits are not allowed during mass or other religious ceremonies.