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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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  • Go with a guide or having read, you appreciate more the quadfi, although there are information panels
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  • You can see here everything is medieval. Very worth watching and be sure to visit.
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  • Museum not overly large, open in about an hour's time, famous above all for the allegory of good and bad government, beautiful frescoes in the various viewing halls calmly, overall good.
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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