Palazzo Chigi Saracini
Palazzo Chigi Saracini
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Kerry R
87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
The music at the Chigiana is not to be missed on any trip to Siena. Concerts are usually very affordable--from 5 to 25 euro. The concert hall is so intimate that you breathe the music with the musicians. The eight young, superb cellists I saw in July played music ranging from Bach to 20th Century composers and every period in between. It was marvelous to experience the different styles of music and musicians. I also saw a stripped down (no sets, minimal costuming) of Paisiello's Barber of Seville, in the small theater in Siena's town hall. The vigor and enthusiasm of the young, gifted singers made this some of the best opera I have seen. Grand halls and the Verona arena are one thing, but I prefer the up close and personal experience of the Siena production. You can go in the courtyard for free and enjoy light fare at the cafe. In the summer, on many evenings, at 7, in the courtyard, there are free half hour performances given by students at the institute. Delightful. Be sure to enjoy the music at Chigiana.
Written September 2, 2019
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StephenKutzy
New York City, NY174 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
Without a doubt, this is one of the must-see palazzos in Siena. My wife and I are so glad we decided to visit the Accademia Musicale and highly recommend it. The only way to visit is by guided tour which is included in the reasonable 7€ admission. We were guided by Barbara, an Accademia staff member, who is friendly, professional and,most importantly, incredibly knowledgeable about the palazzo and its history. The Accademia which is not only a music school and theater but an amazing museum. Some reviews only mention the cafe, gift shop and courtyard but the real jewel is the palazzo itself. Take the time (approximately 1hour) and don’t miss this palazzo when in Siena.
Written February 1, 2019
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Taxidevil
Glasgow, UK2,938 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
There is a cafe in this little courtyard off of the Via di Citta but you can pop in just for a look at the arched area and well.

There is also a gift shop with unusual musical gifts.
Written June 27, 2018
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westy54
Sydney, Australia12,044 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Couples
This impressive palace dates back to the mid-12 th century but has undergone a number of renovations over the years including a renaissance refurbishment of the interior in the 16th century. The building fronts onto the via di città, one of the main cobblestone streets through Siena, and is particularly prominent for its curved facade and the tree that can be seen growing over the wall at one end of the building - trees are rare in the Centro storico area. We were lucky enough to see the exterior in the lead up to the Palio when the flags of all 17 contrada where displayed outside.

The small courtyard out the back is accessed via a large entrance that takes you under the main building. The courtyard has a well and some impressive frescoes on the ceiling of the small peristyle. There is also an excellent music shop up some stairs at the rear.

We attended 2 very good concerts in the small concert hall. The seating area was flat but the stage was slightly raised. Seats in the first few rows were €25 each but there were cheaper seats in the small balcony upstairs. The acoustics were excellent but unfortunately there was no air conditioning and, as on both nights it was hot, the concert hall was stifling. Most patrons had hand held fans.
Written September 4, 2017
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Laura C
Cisano sul Neva, Italy51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014
House of the prestigious Chigi Accademy of Classical music, this is one of most famous Medieval palaces in Siena. In the courtyard there is a fantastic wellhead.
Written July 7, 2015
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KLE2013
Centreville, VA3,522 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Family
Dating from the 14th century, the Palazzo Chigi-Saracini now houses the Accademia Musicale Chigiana of Siena. The facade facing Via di Citta is curvilinear and upon entering the courtyard strains of classical music fill the air, on the afternoon of our visit it was Vivaldi. To the left is a small gift shop dedicated to all things musical. Tickets for various live musical performances in Siena can be purchased here.
Written September 25, 2014
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David C
Tiverton, UK2,408 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
In a courtyard between the Campo and the Duomo is this charming house used as a music venue. Drinks and food are served in the outdoor cafe.
Written June 19, 2019
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sdgirl39
Newton, MA31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
The Palazzo Chigi Saracini houses the Academy of Music in a beautiful old palazzo. We have attended excellent chamber concerts there but had never taken the tour of the rooms originally lived in by the Chigi family. Multilingual Anna, the librarian of the music library, took us through the family rooms which house many works of art and fine old musical instruments. It was well worth the 7 Euros. There is now a coffee shop in the Palazzo so you can enjoy a cappuccino in the lovely courtyard!
Written May 4, 2019
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Manuela L
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg6,669 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Family
The beginning of the construction was in the 12 century,with a special tin tower ( battlements), a window star of Siena, a beauty of the city; It's the seat of the Musical Accademica; In the palace is
also a great bibliotek, much paintings, and a baroque concert hall.
Written March 16, 2019
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Ronald K
Berwyn, PA213 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Solo
This lovely palazzo is the seat of the one of the finest music conservatories in Europe, and you can hear superb students at practice while you admire the medieval architecture. It's on the main street up from the Campo, so it's easy just to drop in and have a look.
Written January 12, 2018
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