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Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico

Address: Piazza del Campo 1, 53100 Siena, Italy
Phone Number: 0577 292226
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Ranked #9 of 88 things to do in Siena
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art museums, Government buildings, Castles, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Siena's City Hall, whose construction began in the 13th century, houses the city's Civic Museum...
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Type: Art museums, Government buildings, Castles, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
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."

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New Jersey
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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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Australia
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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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new york
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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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Hale, United Kingdom
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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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Gothenburgh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

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

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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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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