The Palazzo Publico is a gem of medieaval architecture which no visitor to Siena can possibly have missed, but inside it is home to some of the finest frescos ever: the vast "Maesta" of Simone Martini, the "Good and Bad Government" fresco by Lorenzetti which is most unusual in that it is secular in theme rather than religious. Then there is the less-famous but equally fascinating Lady Chapel with its ceiling depicting angels playing musical instruments and dancing. On my most recent visit to Siena (October 2012) the ceiling was very badly lit, but I was fortunate in having seen it some years ago when the fresco was properly illuminated. In other rooms there are sculptures, paintings and a wonderful stained glass of St. Michael by Martini, also much later frescos with scenes from the "Risorgimento". So, next time you're in the Campo, don't just admire the facade and the tower! Go inside and be amazed.
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