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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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Gothenburgh
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

The palace is interesting in itself, and if you have a knowledge of Italien history and can refer to it, you will find a pleasure in looking at all the works of art and analysing them.

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Port Coquitlam, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

The frescos and all of the art works, as well as the history of the role played by the building in siena

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Manchester, England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

The Museo Civico is not a large museum but it has some brilliant works on display: Lorenzetti's Good and Bad Government, Simone Martini's Maesta and the beautiful chapel. Don't omit to climb the stairs to the balcony where you have a glorious view out over the market place to the open country beyond the city walls. Maybe a bit overpriced... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

The Civic Museum and its clock tower, called Torre del Mangia, were completed in the 14th century. This building was and still is the city's town hall. There isn't much information given about the history of Siena in the museum, but a visit does allow you to see the Council of Nine's different meeting rooms, all of which are decorated... More

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Petah Tiqwa, Israel
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89 reviews 89 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Gorgeous palazzo as a whole, and you can also see many famous artwork, like Ambrogio Lorenzetti's allegory for good and bad government and Simone Martini's masterpiece.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

It was a great way to have art teach you history. The story of "good" government in Siena was deeply moving

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Ok I admit the shell like piazza and the tower which dominate Siena attract all the attention. But the Museo Civico off the main "square" is a must visit if you like art. The frescos can be huge and depict everything from battles to daily life. The chapel is a burst of colour in the middle of it all. The... More

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Centreville, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

The town hall stretches across the south side of piazza del Campo. With its numerous triple bays under supporting Gothic arches, it's design marks a transition from defensive fortress to city mansion for civic gatherings. The Civic Museum includes the rooms decorated by the Sienese masters Aretino, di Bartolo, Lorenzetti and Martini. The Torre del Mangia bell tower rises near... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

I'd spend more time in Il Campo, at the Duomo, and even just walking around the town before I spent time in the Civic museum, but if you have plenty of time it's certainly worth your time in Siena!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

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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