Recent Searches
Clear

COVID-19: Check local travel restrictions and learn what we're doing to help keep you safe and your plans flexible. Learn more.

Read More

Siena Civic Museum (Museo Civico di Siena) Tours

Siena Civic Museum (Museo Civico di Siena)
The Siena Civic Museum (Museo Civico di Siena), housed in Palazzo Pubblico on Piazza del Campo, is one of the most important museums in Siena, with a large collection of frescoes, paintings, and sculptures from the Sienese school and others. The most significant is Ambrogio Lorenzetti's massive 14th-century fresco cycle The Allegory of Good and Bad Government

The Basics
Palazzo del Pubblico has been Siena’s town hall since the 13th century, and its Museo Civico highlights works by the Sienese school. Dating from the late Middle Ages, these paintings and frescoes were some of the first to depict nonreligious themes, including government, justice, and patriotic devotion, in civic buildings. Other museum highlights include Simone Martini's Majesty (Maestà) altarpiece and Taddeo di Bartolo’s Life of the Madonna (Storie della Madonna). 

Siena’s Museo Civico is a top attraction in the city center, so book skip-the-line tickets in advance to avoid a wait. The museum is often included in walking tours of the historical center along with landmarks such as the Piazza del Campo, the Torre del Mangia tower, and Siena Cathedral (Duomo di Siena). Siena is a popular stop on day trips to the Chianti region of Tuscany from Florence and Rome, which may include stops in Pisa or San Gimignano, as well.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • A visit to the Museo Civico is particularly fascinating for art history enthusiasts.
  • The Museo Civico is accessible to wheelchair users.
  • Piazza del Campo is pedestrian only, an ideal spot to let kids run off a bit of steam.
  • You’ll want to capture the picturesque medieval center of Siena, so be sure to bring your camera.
  • Tours of Siena require a fair bit of walking, so choose comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.

How to Get There
The Museo Civico, in Palazzo del Popolo, is located in Piazza del Campo in the center of Siena. Walk or take a city bus from the train station, or join a small-group or private tour that includes transportation.

When to Get There
The Civic Museum often closes during the annual Palio, held in July and August in Piazza del Campo. Avoid touring the city during these crowded days unless you are specifically interested in participating in this raucous festival. 

Siena’s Historic Palio Festival
One of the most popular historical festivals in Italy is the Palio di Siena, a biannual bareback horse race held in Piazza del Campo on one day in July and one day in August. Ten horses and riders representing 10 of the 17 contrade, or historical town districts, race around the piazza as the crowd cheers. The festival also includes pageants, banquets, and religious events.
Address: Piazza del Campo, Siena, Tuscany 53100, Italy
Admission: Varies
Read More

7 Tours and Activities to Experience Siena Civic Museum (Museo Civico di Siena)

Filter
Select Dates
Today
Tomorrow




Free Cancellation:Get a full refund up to 24 hours in advance on most experiences.See Details
Sort by:Featured
Guided walking tour of Siena

Guided walking tour of Siena

star-4
Siena is a treasure trove of historical, artistic, religious and cultural riches all to be discovered. The best way to do it is on foot, admiring the changes to the town over the centuries and enjoying the spectacular scenery and curious particulars. With an authorized guide you will be able to appreciate the major tourist attractions like Piazza del Campo, the true heart of the town, the Palazzo Comunale (Town Hall), the Cathedral and the majestic Basilica of San Domenico. There will also be no lack of references to the great noble families, such as the Piccolomini, Tolomei and Salimbeni, and their palazzos, to the great tradition of the Siena Palio, but also to the stories of pilgrimage and saintliness that distinguish the town. The walk continues with a visit to the Cathedral that preserves the treasures of artists like Nicola Pisano, Duccio di Buoninsegna, Donatello and Gianlorenzo Bernini, besides its marvelous marble floor, which is a unique example in the history of art.
More
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$24.27
From
$24.27
Taking safety measures

The best of Siena - Private Walking Tour

The best of Siena - Private Walking Tour

star-5
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.
More
  • 2 hours
  • Taking safety measures
From
$169.87
per group
From
$169.87
per group
Taking safety measures

Photo tour and Shoot in Siena Price for Group

Photo tour and Shoot in Siena Price for Group

We will meet in the famous church of San Domenico in Siena. We will explore the city, taking pictures of the view of Siena, in a special place slightly upwards. We will enter the small alleys of the city, where Giada the photographer will take you, in the most hidden and suggestive places. We will pass by the Duomo and Piazza del Campo, the two most famous monuments of the city. We will end our tour with a little surprise!
More
  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$332.43
per group
From
$332.43
per group

Learn & Go! Siena tour with an Italian language teacher as a guide!

Learn & Go! Siena tour with an Italian language teacher as a guide!

This tour is focused on the city but also on the language! Your guide, in fact, will be an Italian language teacher for foreigners who, in addition to taking you to the most beautiful places in Siena in a real art history tour, can also help you become familiar with Italian, musicality, idioms, words suitable for describing the works you will see. A truly unique guided tour! The duration of the tour is 3 hours and can be booked for each day of the week. The tour takes place only in Italian.
More
  • 3 hours
From
$247.24
Price varies by group size
From
$247.24
Price varies by group size

Half-day Private Walking Tour of Siena

Half-day Private Walking Tour of Siena

star-5
Siena is one of Tuscany’s most picturesque medieval towns and this private walking tour is ideal for first-time visitors or those short on time. Take in the highlights of the UNESCO-listed center, stroll around lively Piazza Del Campo, and admire landmarks such as San Domenico Basilica, Palazzo Tolomei, and Cathedral of Siena.
More
  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$311.65
per group
From
$311.65
per group

Discover Siena in one hour walk

Discover Siena in one hour walk

star-5
A short walk through the most beautiful streets of the city discovering the most important points. The visit begins in front of the Basilica of San Domenico, then continues towards the Sanctuary of the saint, where she lived with her family. Walking through marvelous streets with panoramic views, we will arrive in the famous Piazza del Campo, the main square of Siena, where the well-known Palio takes place twice a year. The Palazzo Pubblico, the town hall, is located in this square, the centre of Sienese politics, which also is situated the Civic Museum. In Piazza del Campo you will also admire the Fonte Gaia, the fountain by Jacopo della Quercia and listen to funny anecdotes about the mysterious river called "Diana". Our local guide will then accompany you to Piazza Duomo, where we will admire the breathtaking Siena Cathedral. The guide will take you back in time and tell you the extraordinary story of what has to become the largest Cathedral in Europe.
More
  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$72.80
Price varies by group size
From
$72.80
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Civic Museum of Siena: a jewel of culture inside the majestic Palazzo Pubblico

Civic Museum of Siena: a jewel of culture inside the majestic Palazzo Pubblico

An expert local guide will accompany you to discover the Palazzo Pubblico in Siena, which has been the seat of the city government since 1317. Today it is the town hall and inside there is the beautiful Civic Museum, which offers a complete overview of the evolution of Sienese art. You will visit all the halls of the palace and admire the extraordinary works of art. The first room is dedicated to the first king of Italy Victor Emmanuel II, entirely frescoed by 19th century purist artists. Then you will explore frescoes by Spinello Aretino representing scenes related to the life of the Sienese Pope Alexander III. The Consistory Hall is where weddings take place today, a wonderful place whose ceiling is entirely frescoed by the Sienese artist Domenico Beccafumi. Afterwards, the tour continues by visiting the famous frescoes by Simone Martini of the 14th century, the Maestà. At the end you will admire "The Allegory and the Effects of the Good and Bad Government” by Ambrogio Lorenzetti.
More
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$84.93
Price varies by group size
From
$84.93
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What's the best way to experience Siena Civic Museum (Museo Civico di Siena)?