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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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Siena, Toscana, Italy
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64 reviews 64 reviews
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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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51 reviews 51 reviews
16 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
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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Sao Paulo, SP
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

These are must-see attractions in Siena. You are going to love it just like me ;-) You also have to climb the 'Torre del Mangia' stairs and anjoy the wonderful views one can have up there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

The town square in Siena is huge and circled by many restaurants and wine bars. People stroll around the circular "square" enjoying the surrounding buildings and people. Sun worshipers are everywhere sitting and enjoying the warm sun. The civic museum is in the forefront. It is a must for a cappuccino in the morning or a glass of wine in... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This is a great little museum, well signposted in english and italian, that tells much about the history of the town. There is a great viewing platform over the back of town but its a long way up. I requested the gaurd and her set of keys to take me in the lift, and she came back for me in... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

I have just one word for the museum - meh. I didn't go to the tour though. If you're there go to the tower!

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

We toured different parts of Tuscany and found Siena to be the most expensive (even for the same items you would see in other cities). This bookshop was the one spot I didn't feel like I was being ripped off - and the selection is superb. Highlights - beautiful children's books on Italy in a variety of languages (including tour... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

Third time here today. Had just,watched one of,the Palio groups parade, and got a real sense of the,pride that the locals feel in their culture, and indeed why not. It was a privilege to watch the inter generational march, from men in their nineties to three year olds with their plastic drums, which helped make sense of the civic notions... More

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Alnwick, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

Tickets for entry here are relatively expensive but we thought very worthwhile for a tour of the rich history of Siena. The Museo inevitably gets extremely busy so we advise going as early as possible in the morning. Aside from learning so much about the history of the place, art enthusiasts will thoroughly enjoy appreciating works on display.

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