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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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  • I would return to see him especially for the frescoes of good and bad government made by Larry!
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  • This Palace and its art treasures are a hymn to the struggle for the independence of the people of Siena... Noble objective that inspired the works of major artists who are exposed. May waive ride on the Torre del Mangia, but not to the visit of the Palazzo pubblico.
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  • The lighting in the various halls does not allow proper observation of the pictures. The reason may be to prevent the visitor from photographing or any other reason I do not know. In any case, it is i...  more »
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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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