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Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico, Siena

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World heritage site · Government Building · Hidden Gem · Art Museum
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Located on Sienna’s central square, Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico was built to house the Republican government at the end of the 13th century, and now is home to the civic museum. The impressive bell tower was built between 1325 and 1344, and was at the time the highest structure in the country. Ascend the tower to look out over the city, or tour the building to see some of the first non-religious paintings within its walls. Frescoes are present in most rooms, and depict battle scenes, landscapes, and other aspects of medieval life. Don't miss the most famous, a series of three panels painted by Ambrogio Lorenzetti, which are called collectively The Allegory of Bad Government. Put Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico at the forefront of your travel plans using our Siena road trip planning tool.
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  • Sadly THE LORENZETTI FRESCOS ARE NOT/NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AS THEY ARE NOW BEING RESTORED. If, as did I, you have read "A Month in Siena" which dedicated perhaps a third of the book to these... 
    Sadly THE LORENZETTI FRESCOS ARE NOT/NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AS THEY ARE NOW BEING RESTORED. If, as did I, you have read "A Month in Siena" which dedicated perhaps a third of the book to these...  more »
  • A surprinsingly nice and interesting museum, displaying some really nice mural paintings telling us more about the history of the city. Unfortunately, the tower was closed due to bad weather during... 
    A surprinsingly nice and interesting museum, displaying some really nice mural paintings telling us more about the history of the city. Unfortunately, the tower was closed due to bad weather during...  more »
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  • ~One of most important things to do in Sienna is to visit there museum and to view the tower .
  • Palazzo Pubblico, built-in 1310. Here we find the architectural elements that characterize the Sienese Gothic. Torre del Mangia is situated at the left of Palazzo Publico. It was designed by Muccio and Francesco di Rinaldo; two of the most famous architects of their time. During the middle of the 14th century, a mechanical clock was built-in the wall of the tower. Since then, the tower has been an inspiration for architects all over the world. Many towers like Copenhagen City Hall, Dock Tower (England), etc. were inspired by the structure and design of Palazzo Publico.

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