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“Fonte Gaia”

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."
Paso Robles, California
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“Fonte Gaia”
Reviewed October 12, 2012

This public fountaian has been there since around the 14th century , it now has a wrought iron fence around it and it rather small i thought , located in the Piazza del Campo . Seina was not one of my favorite Tuscan cities i visited , it was very steep coming and going , if you have bad knees or hips don't forget to bring the advil , you will need it after a day exploring Seina , the high point was the outstanding cathedral there , one of my favorites in Italy . One thing i would like to see even though it is so crowded and DANGEROUS is thAT horse race that takes place in one of these squares on those slippery ancient stones , i am in horseracing so i know HOW dangerous this race is for horses , riders and spectators , if a horse slips and falls and slides into the crowd there are no fences , no saddles , that would never take place in America , hang tradition , the lawsuits would be incredible

Visited December 2011
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Totnes, Devon, U.K.
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“Stunning Art”
Reviewed October 12, 2012

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.

Visited October 2012
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“Political science degree in one sitting.”
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.")

Visited July 2012
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Jacksonville, Florida
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“Sparse But Wow”
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.

Visited September 2012
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“Our first visit”
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).

Visited September 2012
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