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“Political science degree in one sitting.”

Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico
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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."
Reviewed October 2, 2012

The fresco of good and bad is well worth studying for a while.

As I thought about the lessons offered by this many layered allegory I wandered to the back balcony of the palazzo and looked out over piazza Mercato and the wonderful fields beyond, then, curious, I went to the front and looked through a window down on the campo where I saw many people looking smiling and happy, just like in the fresco.

Determined to live as romantic a life as possible it occurred to me that Siena itself might have learnt a thing or two from the fresco.

(If you ever get a chance to see choral recital in the courtyard- take it. An encore rendition of "O Fortuna" still gives me goosebumps every time I think of it.")

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Reviewed September 28, 2012

The chapel. The day we were there, a wedding party (or their support team) was setting up for a ceremony that evening in a chapel that came right out of any movie we'd seen of King Henry. And, the artwork was terrific -- including the portion of wall that the curators had exposed to show what the original construction was like, 500 years ago.

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Reviewed September 3, 2012

This is my kind of thing, and truth to tell since I had forgotten our guide book back in the hotel, I could only remember that there were some really large frescoes showing the results of good and bad government. We spent well over an hour in this spacious museum looking at some wonderful works of art from the Renaissance right up to some really modern ones. We will return on our next visit (you can get a joint ticket to visit the Torre del Mangia and the Palazzo Pubblico).

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Reviewed July 30, 2012

I loved the fact that in amongst a world-class museum with beatiful, breathtaking medieval freescoes, there are modern installations. A huge white steel circle in the largest room - how did they get it in? The depictions of "Good & Bad Governance" are simply fantastic... and no picture in a book can give you an idea of their scale of loveliness. If you are there for just a day, see this!

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Reviewed July 26, 2012

Nearly 700 years ago Ambrogio Lorenzetti painted frescoes on the walls of the Hall of Peace in Siena's Palazzo Publico. They represent Good and Bad Government and are just about as relevant today as they were in the 14th Century. When you have Good Government, agriculture and trade flourish and there is an interdependence between the countryside and the city where the farmers and shepherds get fair prices for their meat and wool. Building trades flourish. Shopkeepers make a good living. People are happy and celebrate with music and dancing. Under bad Government, lawlessness is rife, traders and bankers are corrupt, usurers profiteer and justice fails and is tainted. Does that sound relevant? There's much more to see in the Palazzo Publico and you don't have to join the queue to climb the Torre del Campo- and you still get to go a viewing platform with marvellous views of Siena and the Tuscan landscape around.

Thank Julian1943
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