Palazzo in the Campo - Siena

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Walking through the streets of Siena also signifies and encounter with numerous civil architecture: from the simple, medieval bourgeois houses, which developed vertically in respect to the high class buildings: Palazzo Piccolomini, Palazzo Chigi-Saracini, Palazzo Tolomei and the famous Palazzo Salimbeni, historical seat of one of the oldest Italian banks.

The other City fulcrum is represented by the Cathedral Square, dominated by the huge and imposing, marmoreal church (the square next to the church, occupies the area where there should have been an immense central nave, from the new Cathedral project). The Cathedral, after alternate and long historical/artistic vicissitudes, saw its completion in 1382, and presents a Romanesque-Gothic façade, projected by Giovanni Pisano; its interior is enormous, characterized by bi-chromic marble and marmoreal, in-laid flooring, which form true and proper “squares” – 56 in total – which on the project, carries the signature of great Tuscan artists. Internally, it is full of works of art, but we’ll name just two: the Pulpit by Nicola Pisano (1266/68) and the frescoes by Pinturicchio in the Piccolomini Library (1502/9). Many of the works, which can be found in the Cathedral, are now guarded by the Museum of the Works of the Cathedral, and situated in that which should have been the lateral nave of the new Cathedral: amongst these, you can find the original statutes of Giovanni Pisano, intended for the façade and the huge altar-piece by Duccio da Buoninsegna, the “Maestà” (Majesty) from 1308/11.
Under the Cathedral, obtained due to uneven land, we can find the Baptistery, finalized around 1325: an architectural solution without comparison.

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