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Palazzo delle Papesse

About Palazzo delle Papesse (Centro d'Arte Contemporanea)

Along the prestigious Via della Città not so far from Piazza del Campo in Siena stands the Palazzo Piccolomini known also as Palazzo delle Papesse.

Palazzo Delle Papesse is the Center for Contemporary Art where you could see different exhibitions. This palace was built by order of Caterina Piccolomini, sister of Pope Pius II between 1460 and 1495 and designed by Bernardo Rossellino. In typical Florentine Renaissance style, the palace is on three floors, with the ground floor sheathed in studded stone and before windows opening up on the floors above. In 1884 the palace was acquired by the Bank of Italy and has since undergone a number of refurbishments, including the decoration of some first floor rooms with neo-Renaissance frescoes. A terrace on the second floor offers a fine view of the so-called "facciatone", the facade of the Duomo, while the whole of the city can be observed from the covered roof terrace on the summit of the palace.

Following a meticulous restoration, in November 1998 the palace was reopened to the public as a contemporary arts center, financed by the Siena town council together with private sponsors. The center’s intense program of exhibitions, teaching courses and other activities aims to promote contemporary art. The center is divided into three areas: the exhibition area, the Bookshop on the ground floor (designed by the artist Luca Pancrazi), and the former strong room of the Bank of Italy, built originally in 1952 and which today acts as a temporary exhibitions space.


Opening Hours

From Tuesday to Sunday   12.00-19.00



c/o Complesso Museale S.Maria della Scala

Piazza del Duomo, 1

Tel. 0577 22071


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