Archivio di Stato, Siena

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Browse old documents and see how medieval binders used painted leather and wooden covers to hold them together at Archivio di Stato, one of Siena's lesser-known tourist attractions. Ranking among the richest archives in Italy, this site houses records from the 8th century to the present day. Established in 1775, the collection includes about 60,000 documents relating to the judicial and financial administration of the city. Look for illuminated letters and books written in local dialects. For an added bonus, step onto the building's narrow balcony to enjoy unobstructed views of the city's main public square. Using our online itinerary creator, Siena attractions like Archivio di Stato can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Siena is a city with many attractions. on the side of piazza del campo left torre del Mangia, there is palazzo Piccolomini. to see the collection of biccherne. in simple terms they are the covers of the books of the city of Siena during the middle ages painted by famous artists.
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  • The wonderful discovery of the ancient Biccherne senesi has been made even more pleasant by the extreme kindness and availability of the official who accompanied us, being the collection set up in halls which cherishes precious and ancient documents is not allowed visitors to turn themselves. Rarely can find such competence and courtesy even in museums. Access is permitted only in the morning in three hours 10.30/9.30/11.30. I would like to thank the lady who drove us to the beautiful palazzo Piccolomini, sorry just didn't ask for his name.
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  • I highly recommend visiting the State archive of Siena. Why we breathe within the story the story of a town that is history of Italy. First, there are the precious Biccherne, covers of the ledgers of the city of Siena, unique in its kind in the world then there is the history of the Republic of Siena, with precious books and maps. Definitely worth seeing and reporting.
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