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Palazzo Salimbeni is a Gothic style urban palace located on the Piazza Salimbeni, just off Via Banchi di Sopra in the Terzo di Camollia of the city of Siena. It was built in the 14th century, likely above pre-existing 12th-13th century structures. The Palace has now a neo-gothic style and has three floors: inside there re the historical archive of the bank and a picture gallery, besides to the administrative offices and the boardrooms. You can find many things to do at Palazzo Salimbeni when visiting.
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Though a bank may not naturally be at the top of your list while on holidays, this uniquely beautiful building and all that is inside are well worth a visit. Piazza Salimbeni is a rectangular piazza formed by three buildings and has a statue of the archdeacon Sallustio Bandini, at the centre. Palazzo Salimbeni, the central building, however, is the dominant feature of the piazza. Though there are not so many things to do at Palazzo Salimbeni, it is still worth a tour for its beauty and history. In the 19th century it was remodeled in neo-Gothic style, with detail including the merlons, the Lombard bands under them, the ogival triple mullioned windows, inspired by Siena's Palazzo Pubblico. It was further renovated by architect Pierluigi Spadolini during the 20th century. It faces a square with a statue of the local religious figure Sallustio Bandini, dating to 1882. Neighboring palaces include the Palazzo Santucci (16th century) and the Palazzo Spannocchi (1470), designed by Giuliano da Maiano.
One of the things to do at Palazzo Salimbeni is to explore the 3 floors that make up the entire Palazzo Salimbeni when you are here. Once you are inside, take a tour and you will find the historical archives of the bank itself and also an art gallery with some well-known works. Check out the numerous art works in the gallery. There are also the administrative offices and boardroom of the bank inside this palace. Facing Palazzo Salimbeni, to the right stands the Palazzo Spannocchi (1470), designed by Giuliano da Maiano. South along Via Banchi di Sopra are the Palaces Bichi Ruspoli and Tolomei. The palazzo also houses the collection of the Monte dei Paschi who collected artefacts from all over and brought them to Siena. Take a tour and see these incredible collections. A major expansion of the collection began in the 1980s and space was specifically set aside and designed for a museum inside the headquarters. The collection includes works by Pietro Lorenzetti, Sassetta, Jacopo della Quercia, Domenico Beccafumi, Riccio, Rutilio Manetti, and Alessandro Franchi as well as Benvenuto di Giovanni's Fresco of Madonna della Misericordia and Bernardino Fungai's Fresco della Vergine and statues of St Bernardino, Caterina of Siena, Antonio and Maria Maddalena. Palazzo Salimbeni is worth a tour when you are in Siena.
Best Time to Visit
Palazzo Salimbeni is most beautiful at night, when the lights made it impressive. It is a little bit crowded but still beautiful. Take a tour at night and enjoy the magnificent buildings around you. There are still a lot of things to do at Palazzo Salimbeni at nights.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, you won't need a guide when visiting Palazzo Salimbeni and you can find anything you need to know on this website.
How To Get There?
Getting around in Siena is very easy, as it is a small city and everything is located in the center, including Palazzo Salimbeni. You can take any busses from the train station since they all stop at the city center. The closest bus stop from Palazzo Salimbeni is only 2 minutes' walk. Take the bus no 0S7 or S19, you will know where to stop because you can see Palazzo Salimbeni from the bus stop.