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Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico

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Address: Piazza del Campo 1, 53100 Siena, Italy
Phone Number: 0577 292226
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Description: Siena's City Hall, whose construction began in the 13th century, houses...
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."
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Superb frescoes

Stunning frescoes. Over 65's reduced rate, but we were charged full price, typical, we found, of Sienna's attitude to tourists. (Lucca much, much nicer).

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 9, 2015
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Warwick, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Stunning frescoes. Over 65's reduced rate, but we were charged full price, typical, we found, of Sienna's attitude to tourists. (Lucca much, much nicer).

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

I am fascinated by the renaissance, but sometimes struggle with the fact that the art is mostly religious. In Siena is a rare gem - a secular fresco, the Allegory of Good and Bad Government, which looks entertainingly at political themes which are still current today. Also many other gens of Sienese art. Highly recommended

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

We wanted to spend the day in Siena because a lot of museums and galleries close in Florence on Mondays. We liked the museum in Siena, right in the city centre, but were put off by the unhelpful staff, the huge staircases and general lack of basic courtesy. We were not expecting any sort of 'red carpet' but the indifference... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Inside the Palazzo Pubblico you will find the most important piece of art in Siena, the Allegory of the Good and Bad government. The combination of town hall and museum plays on the role of art in politics. Must-see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The entrance to this museum is located on the 1st floor of Palazzo Pubblico. It is not a huge museum but you can spend hours admiring the beautiful art work of Martini and Lorenzetti. Room after room the walls are draped in magnificent art work. You don't know where to look first!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

As a decorative artist, I was awed by the beautiful Italian Frescos and examples of Trompe Loeil! This visit to the Sienna City Public building will provide inspiration for me for years to come.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

The Palazzo was built about 1300. I didnt go inside due to time constraints. I am told that the Sala del Mappamondo is a sight for sore eyes. The Palazzo sits so comfortably at the bottom of the Piazza del Compo.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

There is a lot to see in this palazzo. The building itself is very interesting and the exhibits are well organised. I only wish the staff were not allowed to make personal calls when 'minding' the site! It is distracting to walk around a museum while staff are yelling on the phone.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

You get a feel for the pageantry that must have punctuated medieval life when you enter this impressive space. It's really something to see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

I really loved all the works on display, which give a fascinating view of social, economic and political life. In particular, the large painting of Good and Bad Government which takes up almost two walls, gives a detailed glimpse of how the people lived in both town and country.

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