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Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico

Piazza del Campo 1, 53100 Siena, Italy
0577 292226
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Ranked #7 of 56 Attractions in Siena
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Government Buildings, Castles
Owner description: Siena's City Hall, whose construction began in the 13th century, houses the city's Civic Museum, whose collection includes the profound fresco... more » Owner description: Siena's City Hall, whose construction began in the 13th century, houses the city's Civic Museum, whose collection includes the profound fresco entitled "Allegory of Good and Bad Government." « less
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

I went to Siena specifically to see Lorenzetti's allegorical fresco Good Government/Bad Government. Though in desperate need of restoration, this amazing work is still with us. A must not miss

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Leeds UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

The Museo Civico is well worth a visit even though it was only possible to visit the first floor (the second floor was closed) to see the fabulous frescos. This Museo is in the central square and really shouldn't be missed. Whilst interesting to look at the courtyard which is free to everyone it is worth the small price to... More

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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Read up a little about the history of Siena before you visit. There are stunning pictures, including the Buon Governo, and you get some idea of the power of this small city state. There is also a large sala dedicated to the Risorgimento, just to bring you further into (fairly) modern times.

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Kilkenny
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

The various rooms were amazing ..........and the little chapel with the musical and dancing angels would bring a smile to anyone.

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

I'm not a great lover of art, but I found the paintings in this museum fascinating. The way they depict the development of civilisation in the locality is truly inspiring. I think a number of today's world leaders could learn a thing or two about democracy from a visit here! Why the need for ID? Well if you intend making... More

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Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This is a very impressive building from the outside as it forms the main portion of the straight side of the Piazza Campo. Many of the pictures inside are of indifferent quality but this is made up by a few historic frescos and a magnificent loggia which looks out over rooftops and the market square to the countryside beyond.

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Greenville, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

It is worth it to get the all-inclusive pass for the Museo Civico and the Torre del Mangia. If you're going to climb the tower, you may as well see the artwork and the gorgeous rooms of the Museo. Be warned: there is bird poo all over the place in the tower steps, so wear proper shoes! I definitely recommend... More

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Siena, Toscana, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

This building is still the functioning city hall of Siena today. The portions now set aside as "museum" spaces feature the stunning artworks such as Ambrogio Lorenzetti's Allegory of Good and Bad Government, and Simone Martini's Maesta and Guidoriccio.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

This is not your normal Palazzo, it's not completely flat and we saw it when they were preparing for the Palio horse race so there was a ring of dirt around the square. Would have loved to be there for the race but it was cool even without it.

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Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

i wanted to know more about siena's history and this museum gave me a glimpse into siena's rich cultural past. the hall of good governance in particular gave insight into siena's might and power.

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