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“A VERY INTERESTING TOUR THANKS TO LORELLA”
Review of Archivio di Stato

Archivio di Stato
Ranked #41 of 155 things to do in Siena
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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 comments too.She gave us a lovely book after the tour ,and we were very glad we had the opportunity to visit. There is so much to see in Siena ( thanks to research on google ) ,and this was our 9th visit since 2009 . We continue to find new and interesting things to do every year. Already planning our 10th visit to this incredibly beautiful city. Grazie mille especially to Lorella ! Peggy & George

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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 woman who was supposed to be showing us around didn't engage with us in any way whatsoever and actually sat down and read a magazine part way through the 'tour'. I find it unbelievably that the State Archives don't have someone who could actually present these amazing documents with a vague interest in what she is showing! When I asked to view the letters and records of the children who were sent to Santa Maria de Scala (as on my first visit) this was a big palaver before we were finally shown them. Fabulous materials, but a disappointing 'tour'.

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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.

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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!

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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 bound archives, of which a large number are displayed. Starting in the late 1300s with simple paintings often showing the merchants counting out their profits, they become more elaborate over the years, with wonderful details of the streets, soldiers sallying forth from the walls, and ships at sea. Don’t miss the menu from the mid-1400s either! Quite a gem.

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