Town Hall, Siena Palazzo Pubblico
On the south side of the Piazza del Campo in Siena is the Palazzo Púbblico (Town Hall), an imposing Gothic building of travertine and brick (1288-1309). The top floors of the lower side wings were added in 1680. The construction of the palazzo involved much upfilling and extensive underbuilding. The facade is relieved by rows of elegant windows and cornices of round-headed arches and topped by battlements.
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Address: Piazza del Campo 1, I-53100 Siena, Italy
Always closed on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), May Day / Labor Day (May 1), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25), Easter - Christian
Entrance fee in EUR: Adult €6.20, Child €3.60
Disability Access: Full facilities for persons with disabilities.
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Torre del Mangia
At the left-hand end of the Palazzo Púbblico is the Torre del Mangia, one of the most daringly conceived of medieval towers. The shaft is of brick, the battlemented platform with its supporting brackets and its superstructure of travertine. The tower has a total height of 102m/335ft to the tip of its metal bell-cage (with bells of 1666). It was built between 1338 and 1348 by two brothers, Minuccio and Francesco di Rinaldo; the project was regarded as so foolhardy that they were required to bear the whole risk themselves. From the platform of the tower there are magnificent views of the city and the surrounding country. At the foot of the tower is the Cappella di Piazza, built in 1352 in thanksgiving for the town's deliverance from the 1348 plague; it was considerably altered in 1463. Its Renaissance architecture, following ancient models, is in striking contrast to the restrained facade of the Palazzo Púbblico.
The interior of the Palazzo Púbblico is remarkably well preserved. It contains numerous frescoes of the Sienese school which provide an insight into the minds of the proud burgher families of 14th and 15th century Siena. Note particularly, in the Sala della Pace, the frescoes by Ambrogio Lorenzetti depicting Good Government and Bad Government (with views of Siena), and, in the Sala del Mappamondo, a magnificent fresco by Simone Martini, "Maestà", and a picture of the Sienese General Guidoriccio Fogliani setting out for the Siege of Montemassi. Other frescoes in the Sala del Mappamondo depict the Sienese victory at Poggio Imperiale and various Saints. Adjoining this room is the chapel with its ante-chapel (which has frescoes by Taddeo di Bártolo). The chapel has stalls of about 1420 with intarsia decoration.
On the first and second floors of the Palazzo Pubblico the Museo Civico houses drawings, paintings and other documents of the history of the town. On the third floor is a loggia in which the original sculpture from the Fonte Gaia has been assembled.The paintings include important Renaissance pieces. In addition there are numerous examples of Renaissance and Baroque silver pieces.
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