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Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico, Siena

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Located on Sienna’s central square, Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico was built to house the Republican government at the end of the 13th century, and now is home to the civic museum. The impressive bell tower was built between 1325 and 1344, and was at the time the highest structure in the country. Ascend the tower to look out over the city, or tour the building to see some of the first non-religious paintings within its walls. Frescoes are present in most rooms, and depict battle scenes, landscapes, and other aspects of medieval life. Don't miss the most famous, a series of three panels painted by Ambrogio Lorenzetti, which are called collectively The Allegory of Bad Government. A visit to Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Siena itinerary builder to plot your vacation.
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  • Wonderful façade on the Piazza del Campo, but also the Interior where it is housed the town museum. Of particular importance, in one of the rooms, the allegory of good government and bad government.
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  • Also beautiful frescoes, but the number of works is insufficient. They're mostly wall murals, I visited several museums but this is the most tacky that I happened to see. Walls with drill holes and dowels in sight. Works gutted (my bricklayer would be more noticed. Walls with holes in the middle of the frescoes, some of them faded. You notice much the abandonment of the works.
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  • Do not miss a visit to this building, full of ancient frescoes are very well preserved. Lorenzetti's works are priceless.
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  • A nice place to enjoy the scenery. Well looked after and historic palace
  • Supreme example of civic identity and pride in the Renaissance.
  • If you visit Pisa you'll visit this place. Quite impressive.
  • Inside is a fresco of The Allegory of Good and Bad Government by Ambrogio Lorenzetti, one of the most significant profane representations of the European fourteenth century
  • Very nice place to sit and enjoy the moment with some apperitivos