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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  • Whilst the books and documents were as outstanding as in my previous visit, I felt the need to write this review in order to record how different this experience was. I have to say that sadly, on this...  more »
  • A museum/archive that preserves between endless shelves of documents cases containing biccherne. Recommend to visit with the guide so that you can understand the origins and subsequent historical developments. Inevitable at the end of the visit a view from the balcony overlooking the piazza del campo.
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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 »

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To enjoy panoramic views of Siena's historical old town, check into a luxury hotel in the city center. If you are looking to escape the activity of the main tourist areas, consider staying at a hostel or guesthouse just outside the central areas. Private multi-room villas in the residential neighborhoods offer landscaped outdoor space and secure parking. For something a little different and considerably less expensive, explore one of many B&Bs in the vineyards and olive groves of Siena's countryside.
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