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Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico, Siena

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Government Building
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 loved Siena- since i was used to major cities, a smaller town like Siena was quite amazing. I went to see this, and then the other museum by the duomo. both are within a 10 min walk of each other. I...  more »
  • This was the site of the civil administration of Siena and has retained most of the frescos showing the good and evil. As a bonus, it has a really beautiful chapel and along of pictures and items from...  more »
  • This place starts with uninspiring exhibits, but kicks off with the ceiling-painted room displaying a battlefield and coronation ceremony. From then onward, its hit and miss with each room. As there i...  more »
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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