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“interesting bit of history”

Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico
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Ranked #10 of 120 things to do in Siena
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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 July 23, 2013

Sienna's attempt at a purely secular government is very interesting. I got a little tired of it but maybe thats because I was really killing time waiting to climb the tower.

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Reviewed July 12, 2013

Historic building, in a sense the home of the idea of civil government in the world, and it's still in use. Architecturally interesting, with an unbelievable tall tower and serving as the anchor of the Campo, Siena's main square. The artwork inside is stunning, including the renowned "Allegory of Good Government."

One peeve. If you're a wedding photographer who's making a profit, feel free to bring in all the photo and video equipment you want. (There were two weddings there while we were visiting.) But if you're just a tourist who wants snaps of your vacation (or a history teacher who wants to share photos with your class), no photos allowed.

In a day when people can set cameras to ISO 6400 and hand-hold a shot in a dark tomb, this policy is increasingly hard for anyone to justify. I can see in a pilgrimage church, where the clickity clack would disturb the religious devotions, but this is a museum. Some of this stuff is world history and it's not right for the owners to lock it up. I can at least see why they did it back in the days when they wanted to make money by selling you the slide set, but they don't even do that anymore. Otherwise it's an outstanding attraction.

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Reviewed July 11, 2013

If you're into history (medieval history, in particular) this is your place. Religion was so intertwined with everyday life that it's hard to separate the two, even in Siena. Still, a more secular brand of art and historical items are on display here, and it gives good insight into the character of the city. Very, very, very cool place. I was disappointed by the policy that prohibits non-flash photography, though. Unless you pick up a guide to the venue, the stories behind a lot of what you see here may be lost on you as few real descriptions are provided. Despite these quibbles, the place is a treasure-trove of history and not to be missed if you're in Siena.

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Reviewed June 25, 2013

The Museo Civico is great and wellknown for its frescoes, and the sequence of halls from different centuries is indeed impressive. Remember, however, to bring (or buy, in the excellent bookshop) your own travel guide with explanations of the various scenes, otherwise you miss a lot of the great details - the explanations provided are scarce, small, and less helpful.

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Reviewed June 23, 2013

This site is a must see if visiting Siena. It would really be beneficial to get a guide to get the most out of your experience. We were set up with Paolo Faldoni, who is now my favorite guide of all cities and countries! He was arranged for by Grand Continental Hotel.

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