Museo Civico Tours

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

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 works of painting and sculpture, along with extraordinary frescoes by the Sienese school of painting such as the Maestà and the Portrait of Guidoriccio da Fogliano by Simone Martini, and the Cycle of Good Government and the Cycle of Illustrious Men.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Classic Siena Walking Tour

Enjoy an interesting stroll around the Tuscan jewel of Siena with this 2-hour private walking tour. See the main attractions of the UNESCO-listed city while getting plenty of personal attention from your private guide.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Full-Day Medieval Tuscany, Siena, and San Gimignano Small Group Wine Tasting Tour

Visit UNESCO World Heritage sites, taste the fruits of the Chianti wine region, and admire the Tuscan countryside’s one-of-a-kind scenery on this full-day tour. With just a small group for company, set off in the morning from Florence via comfortable minivan. You’ll go for a guided walking tour of Siena and will have free time for lunch at a traditional trattoria (own expense). Then, continue to the medieval town of San Gimignano. Finally, go for an indulgent tour and tasting at a local winery before returning to Florence.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Private Full-Day Independent Tour to Siena and San Gimignano from Florence

Siena and San Gimignano are two of Tuscany’s most picturesque medieval towns, but visiting on a group tour often means limited time for sightseeing. This private full-day tour from Florence offers plenty of time to explore the UNESCO-listed towns independently, with private transport and an itinerary tailored to your preferences.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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