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“Just enough of the Sienese School”

Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico
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Owner description: Siena's City Hall, whose construction began in the 13th century, houses the city's Civic Museum, whose collection includes the profound fresco entitled "Allegory of Good and Bad Government."
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“Just enough of the Sienese School”
Reviewed 15 November 2013

This is a pleasant, well-organized museum which will give you just enough of the art history of Siena without overwhelming you. We went during the off-season and it was very empty, though it looks like it can handle crowds. Well worth a look.

Visited November 2013
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Port Macquarie, Australia
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Reviewed 3 October 2013

Would love to be able to give a review of this museum but sadly are unable. The woman at the ticket desk was so unhelpful and rude, we left without purchasing our ticket. This was prior to waiting in line while she verbally harangued an Asian lady in front of us who was clearly having language difficulties. Customer service clearly lacking in the extreme.

Visited October 2013
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“Tour - what tour!!??”
Reviewed 29 September 2013

Leaflets say there is a guided tour in English. So confirms the ticket office clerk - "only 12 euros - starts at 12 and is for 45 minutes - wait over there". We duly waited. "over there" being some ill defined area close to the entrance. We asked the lady inside the entrance door. Her interest and help matched her bored dismissive demeanour. We waited thinking others and a guide would arrive. An Australian couple did and we continued to wait and wait. Now at 12.05 the mugwamp on the door told us the tour had already departed. We went up the stairs and found the small group gathered around an elderly guide. Perhaps not all was lost. Er, no. The guide who obviously suffered from some nervous illness spoke English hesitantly and with a thick Italian accent. Worse you could not hear him at all. My wife and I gave up and guided ourselves with the help of the informative plaques at each display room and cabinet. We wasted 25 minutes waiting and 12 euros on the tour. Were the people in the ticket booth interested in this tale?. Not a bit!

Visited September 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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“An impressive collection”
Reviewed 29 September 2013

This site contained a wonderful collection of statues and paintings, all beautifully lit, including Martini's Virgin Mary in Majesty and Lorenzetti's fresco cycle known as the Allegories of Good and Bad Government (still relevant today!).

Visited August 2013
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Marlboro, New Jersey
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“Grand rooms, worth a look”
Reviewed 8 September 2013

Museo Civico in Palazzo Pubblico offers a dozen of grand rooms with frescoes in different states of preservation, some brilliant, some faded. There are additional exhibits in a couple of rooms. Not one of the top attractions, but worth a look when you are in Siena.

Visited August 2013
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