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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  • Beautiful paintings and rooms. Ancient artists not very known, at least to me. The chapel in amazing. Do not hesitate to approach the guards for information. We were lucky to talk to a guide who was.....  more
    Beautiful paintings and rooms. Ancient artists not very known, at least to me. The chapel in amazing. Do not hesitate to approach the guards for information. We were lucky to talk to a guide who was.....  more »
  • Sadly THE LORENZETTI FRESCOS ARE NOT/NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AS THEY ARE NOW BEING RESTORED. If, as did I, you have read "A Month in Siena" which dedicated perhaps a third of the book to these... 
    Sadly THE LORENZETTI FRESCOS ARE NOT/NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AS THEY ARE NOW BEING RESTORED. If, as did I, you have read "A Month in Siena" which dedicated perhaps a third of the book to these...  more »
  • A surprinsingly nice and interesting museum, displaying some really nice mural paintings telling us more about the history of the city. Unfortunately, the tower was closed due to bad weather during... 
    A surprinsingly nice and interesting museum, displaying some really nice mural paintings telling us more about the history of the city. Unfortunately, the tower was closed due to bad weather during...  more »
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  • This is one of the most famous building in Siena and certainly at the center. The palace acts as a museum and icon for the city. The entry courtyard is free and offers a unique look at the tower from directly below. The ticket booth is at the back of this courtyard if you wish to enter.
  • Beautiful courtyard area with shops and restaurants. Lots of history here if you read up on it. Don't ride your bike through the square! The cops will stop you!
  • Do not miss this museum - put this alongside the Duomo and Piccolomini library as the 3 must sees in Siena. You really need to witness some of the ancient frescos depicting life in the 14th century. Check out wikipedia about the Palazzo and also under "The Allegory of Good and Bad Government". No queue off-season, can't say high season.
  • Probably one of the most iconic building of Siena, featured in James Bond’s Quantum of Solace with the rooftop chase while the horse race is happening on Il Campo, the big square in front of the building. The symmetry of the architecture is quite astounding, particularly the inner courtyard right after entering the Palazzo.
  • Beautiful place , pictures from the top of the tower

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