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"Take a tour of Siena's Palazzo Pubblico" Palazzo Pubblico - Museo Civico Tip by Jefie

Palazzo Pubblico - Museo Civico, Siena: 28 reviews and 83 photos

  Palazzo Pubblico & Torre de Mangia
by Jefie

The Palazzo Pubblico and its clock tower, called Torre del Mangia, were completed in the 14th century. Like the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Siena's Palazzo Pubblico was and still is the city's town hall. Today, the Palazzo Pubblico is also home to the Museo Civico. There isn't that much information given about the history of Siena in the museum, but a visit does allow you to see the Council of Nine's different meeting rooms, all of which are decorated by frescoes painted by some of the city's most famous artists. The one I thought was the most impressive was Ambrogio Lorenzetti's "Allegories of Good and Bad Government", on the walls of the Sala dei Nove. On one side, you can see prosperous and happy citizens, with Siena's green fields stretching in the background. On the other side, all you can see is poverty and violence, and a rather bleak countryside.

The palazzo's Torre del Mangia is 102 m tall, and there are two reasons explaining this height: it had to be taller than any tower in Florence but it couldn't be taller than the duomo, to symbolize equality between church and state. The tower's narrow staircase doesn't allow a lot of people to go up at the same time, which often makes for really long queues. Since we'd already had a nice view of Siena at the Museo dell'Opera, we decided to skip the tower and only visit the Museo Civico, although it probably would have been nice to see the Piazza del Campo from up there. Tickets for the museum and for the tower are 8 Euros each, which I thought was a bit expensive considering the lack of historical information in the museum. If you wish to visit both the museum and the tower, there's a combined ticket available for 13 Euros.

Address: Piazza del Campo
Directions: Centro storico
Phone: 0577 29 22 63

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  • Updated Aug 10, 2010
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