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We decided to drop in. I thought it would be as boring as. How wrong was I. Scaled about five... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Rodney C
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Hobart, Australia
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Excellent for the fan of medieval history

The archives carry a very interesting exposition of the accounting book covers, starting from the... read more

Reviewed 26 July 2018
SanFran111
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We decided to drop in. I thought it would be as boring as. How wrong was I. Scaled about five floors to the entrance. The visit is free. Took about 90 minutes to view the objects. Firstly they have a collection of about 80 wooden...More

Thank Rodney C
Reviewed 26 July 2018

The archives carry a very interesting exposition of the accounting book covers, starting from the 13th century and beyond. The covers are real oil paintings done on carton or paper.Most of them devoted to non-religious subjects. English translations are present. Because of that, in my...More

Thank SanFran111
Reviewed 1 October 2017

I had read about the archives years ago & always wanted to visit. Lorella spent the entire hour with just the two of us . We were the only people there who showed up for the free tour. Lorella answered every question and made interesting...More

Thank sienapj
Reviewed 11 August 2017

Whilst the books and documents were as outstanding as in my previous visit, I felt the need to write this review in order to record how different this experience was. I have to say that sadly, on this occasion, the tour was absolutely woeful. The...More

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Reviewed 8 January 2017

An absolutely amazing archive of the oldest documents I've ever seen. To be able to see and touch a land agreement (barter) from the 700's! Incredible.

Thank Darlene43
Reviewed 23 February 2016

Free and open to the public, but there are set entrance times of 9:30, 10:30, and 11:30 a.m. Don't miss the view from the balcony, overlooking Piazza del Campo, the main city square!

Thank Lisa N
Reviewed 24 September 2015

The archives would be well worth a visit, even if they are not free. Don’t anticipate being shown hundreds of bundles of old documents. There are plenty of these but the jewels of the display are the Tavolette de Biccherna, the painted covers of the...More

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Reviewed 7 August 2015

I am not one for art galleries and museums as a rule but this was recommended and what an interesting hour so it was. Fantastic paintings from 13th century and shelf upon shelf of old accounts. A great view of Il Campo from the balcony

Thank Bryan S
Reviewed 16 July 2015 via mobile

Absolutely not to miss if you are in Siena in the morning, monday to saturday. Access is FREE but allowed at specific hours i.e. 9:30 - 10:30 - 11.30. The most interesting part of the State Archive is the Museo delle Biccherne, where the covers...More

1  Thank oneguide
Reviewed 28 February 2015

It is tricky to find this absolute gem, but it's an amazing place and a must for anyone interested in books, history, culture or art. It is totally free and today there was no one else there when the tour started at 9.30 so I...More

3  Thank ourmaminhavana
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