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. Put Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico at the forefront of your travel plans using our Siena road trip planning tool .
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  • August 14, 2017
    We went up in the Tower, a test in itself, but what a reward when you get to the top. Views of the city and the Tuscan landscape. Access and many people are limited (ascent and descent), it is better to buy tickets when arriving in the city to be sure to get tickets and know the time of your climb.
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  • August 9, 2017
    Visiting Siena we visited the Museum civico. The Museum's collection is not exceptional but the building in him even and its decorations are worth to them only visiting... Even my five year old son enjoyed the visit
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  • August 7, 2017
    As the title in the same exhibition held in the Museum of the city "Siena from 200 to 400" is one of those things to which it is difficult to give up, some go to Siena is nice to see the city from the perspective of his tower or freaky square, but when you walk in the halls of the Museum is another thing, it was almost kidnapped by the effect of the Stendhal Syndrome , large frescoes, paintings, altarpieces, Madonnas, in a constant swirl of emotions and sensations that take the visitor and catapult him literally in the eye of the storm that represent the golden age of the rich and kinda crumpled Sienese community. You can't go to Siena and not enjoy the beauty of its museums that leave you sated and make you forget time and fame that at one point gripping the stomach especially when finished exit visits and you realize that it is really late and have to settle for eating an ice cream, but that's OK the past to admire many masterpieces and time well spent because very often the real nourishment to the soul and spirit passes from this physical body, not to be missed!
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  • Siena has the most incredible Campo in all of Italy. The Palazzo is in the Campo Camp and pictures do not do it justice. You can go inside where there is a small museum type display but you can also climb to the top of the tower. The views are indescribable.
  • A nice place to enjoy the scenery. Well looked after and historic palace
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  • Great view from the top of the balcony. Inside there is allegoria ed effetti del buono e del cattivo governo a fresco made by Lorenzetti (XIV Century).
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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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