Palazzo Pubblico

Palazzo Pubblico

Beauty and good government

Palazzo Pubblico and of Siena’s Museo Civico is a must for those who want to understand the city’s history, which reached the height of its splendour in the 14th century, under the Council of Nine.

It was according to will of the Council that work began around 1284 to build the Palazzo, intended to be the permanent government headquarters.

Meetings of the Municipal Courts had previously been itinerant, taking place in churches or private buildings.

We will first find out about some of these former centres of power in the course of a short town walk through the streets of Siena.

Then, when we reach Piazza del Campo, we will turn to the history of the striking, elegant Palazzo Pubblico and visit its interior which holds the greatest surprises.


On the walls of what is now the Museo Civico we will hear and see tales from near and far back in time, all recounting the fight for independence, the ideals that should always inspire good governors and that sense of beauty which has turned Siena into one of the most captivating cities in Italy.

Following this, the highlight of our visit will be the Sala del Mappamondo, with its depiction of the enigmatic commander Guidoriccio da Fogliano and the dreamlike Maes, both  by Simone Martini.

Lastly, our tour will culminate with the extraordinary creativity of Ambrogio Lorenzetti, who painted the frescoes of “Good and Bad Government”. This is a pictorial tale showing the centre of Siena, its fourteenth-century suburbs and, above all, the utopia of ideal government!

What a thrilling end to the tour!

Duration: 1.302 hours approximately


  • Visit to the complex of Santa Maria della Scala, with a combination ticket.


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