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Archivio di Stato, Siena

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History Museum
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. To visit Archivio di Stato on your holiday in Siena, and find out what else Siena has to offer, use our Siena holiday planner.
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  • An absolutely amazing archive of the oldest documents I've ever seen. To be able to see and touch a land agreement (barter) from the 700's! Incredible.  more »
  • Free and open to the public, but there are set entrance times of 9:30, 10:30, and 11:30 a.m. Don't miss the view from the balcony, overlooking Piazza del Campo, the main city square!  more »
  • The archives would be well worth a visit, even if they are not free. Don’t anticipate being shown hundreds of bundles of old documents. There are plenty of these but the jewels of the display are the ...  more »