MUSEUM NIGHT AT SIENA'S PINACOTECA: MAY 16, 2015

Often left out for Siena's more prominent museums in piazza del Campo or near the cathedral, the Pinacoteca is nevertheless one of my favorite sights in town. A visit in the quiet palazzo is a must for lovers of the Sienese school of painting. But you don't have to be into early Renaissance art to enjoy the lay-back atmosphere in the museum, which will be near empty even on a Sunday afternoon in high season.

It may be a little more crowded during the late night opening for this Saturday's museum night. But the panorama views over the medieval town from the upper floors should make up for it. 

Masterworks of the 16th century in Siena's Pinacoteca museum


Works by Duccio, Simone Martini and the Lorenzetti brothers will guide you trough the 14th century, the golden years of painting in Siena, when the town was one of the foremost economic and artistic competitors of Florence. The works by Sano di Pietro and il Vecchietta are the local highlights of the 15th century, whilst Sodoma and Lorenzo Lotto represent the master painters of the 16th century in Siena. 

MUSEUM NIGHT IN SIENA - NOTTE DEI MUSEI, SATURDAY MAY 16, 2015

Pincacoteca nazionale di Siena, via San Pietro, 29. From 8pm to midnight (ticket office closes at 11.30 pm). Entrance is nearly free: 1 € per person (normally 4€ per person). 

Not in Siena? Check out all the national museums that will stay open for the museum night in the rest of Tuscany and Italy. 

For more art and culture in Palio town read this round up of Siena's best museums

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