Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico, Siena

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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  • The Public Palace or town hall is an originally Gothic medieval building, which preserves the old structure and where its magnificent bell tower stands out. There is a museum with works and frescoes, where stand out some of Lorenzetti that are real works that if you go to Siena you must contemplate
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  • Located in the Plaza del Campo was former Communal Palace. Today it is the headquarters of the City Hall and a Museum. It is presided over by the slender tower of Mangia. Very interesting.
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  • The views from the top of the tower are fantastic but be warned that the stairs are extremely tight and it's a very long climb which might not suit some. You can still go slowly however, and if your squeeze into corners it's not too bad to let people pass in either direction. The museum is a little underwhelming but you can also go upstairs to the second floor terrace which is a relatively quiet space with a decent view. It is a bit expensive for what you get, compared to the Duomo.
  • Beautiful piece of Late Medieval history. The old center of Government for the Commune of Siena for almost a thousand years.
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