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  • Address: Piazza del Campo, Siena, Tuscany 53100, Italy
  • Hours: Mid-Mar - Oct: 10am-7pm, Nov - mid-Mar:10am-5.30pm or 6.30pm. New Year's day: 12pm-6pm. Closed Christmas.
  • Admission: Adult/Student €7.50/4.50, Museum & Tower €12

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Museo Civico

The Palazzo Pubblico is hard to miss. A magnificent stone and red brick building begun in 1297, with excellent towers and crenelations, it is everything one could hope for from a Gothic town hall. Situated on the lower side of the Piazza Campo, the building is shaped to fit the design of the civic square and has a subtle curve to it.

These days it retains its government functions and also houses the city museum, Museo Civico, which is well worth a visit for its frescoes, paintings and sculptures. The former Sienese school was artistically significant and the late medieval frescoes were some of the first to depict non-religious themes. Instead they made statements about government, justice and patriotic devotion. The most significant is Ambrogio Lorenzetti's huge fresco cycle of 1337, titled Allegory of Good and Bad Government; it’s not difficult to get the painting’s message.

But the city was not turning its back on religion completely, as there are also striking paintings of the Virgin Mary, including Simone Martini's Maesta (Virgin Mary in Majesty), the artist's first known canvas dating from 1315, and also Taddeo di Bartolo’s Storie della Madonna of 1407. Dating from much later, visitors will even find frescoes depicting the Unification of Italy in the late 19th century. Museo Civico is history in art.

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Skip the Line: Civic Museum of Siena Tickets, Siena, null
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Skip the Line: Civic Museum of Siena Tickets

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Discover the treasures of the Civic Museum in the Public Palace, superb example of Gothic architecture and symbol of the city of Siena. It preserves beautiful ...  Read more

Location: Siena, Italy
Duration: Flexible

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Siena Guided Walking Tour, Siena, Attraction Tickets
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Siena Guided Walking Tour

Discover the unique charm of Siena on a guided 2-hour walking tour of the old town centre. Relive the medieval mood of the past as you follow your guide around ...  Read more

Location: Siena, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $21.50
Classic Siena Walking Tour, Siena, Walking Tours
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Classic Siena Walking Tour

Enjoy a private walking tour around Siena, a smart medieval city center that has been declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site.

Location: Siena, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $171.98
Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano, Chianti and Monteriggioni Small-Group Tuscany Day Trip, Florence, ... 
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Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano, Chianti and Monteriggioni Small-Group Tuscany Day Trip

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Spend a day discovering Tuscany’s unspoiled hill towns, cities and countryside on a day trip from Florence! The breathtaking area is home to Siena, ...  Read more

Location: Florence, Italy
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $193.48
Florence Day Trip to Siena and San Gimignano, Florence, Day Trips
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Florence Day Trip to Siena and San Gimignano

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A customized day trip of Siena and San Gimignano for the discerning traveller seeking an authentic Italian experience on a small group tour with only the very ...  Read more

Location: Florence, Italy
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $709.41
Private Tour: Siena and San Gimignano Day Trip from Rome Food and Wine Tasting, Rome, Private ... 
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Private Tour: Siena and San Gimignano Day Trip from Rome Food and Wine Tasting

Venture north from Rome to Tuscany on a privately guided day trip, and spend the day in San Gimignano and Siena. As your guide chauffeurs you around the ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $644.92

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