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Palazzo Chigi Saracini

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Palazzo Chigi Saracini

151 Reviews
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Kerry R wrote a review Sep 2019
70 contributions41 helpful votes
The music at the Chigiana is not to be missed on any trip to Siena. Concerts are usually very affordable--from 5 to 25 euro. The concert hall is so intimate that you breathe the music with the musicians. The eight young, superb cellists I saw in July played music ranging from Bach to 20th Century composers and every period in between. It was marvelous to experience the different styles of music and musicians. I also saw a stripped down (no sets, minimal costuming) of Paisiello's Barber of Seville, in the small theater in Siena's town hall. The vigor and enthusiasm of the young, gifted singers made this some of the best opera I have seen. Grand halls and the Verona arena are one thing, but I prefer the up close and personal experience of the Siena production. You can go in the courtyard for free and enjoy light fare at the cafe. In the summer, on many evenings, at 7, in the courtyard, there are free half hour performances given by students at the institute. Delightful. Be sure to enjoy the music at Chigiana.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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David C wrote a review Jun 2019
Tiverton, United Kingdom2,321 contributions354 helpful votes
In a courtyard between the Campo and the Duomo is this charming house used as a music venue. Drinks and food are served in the outdoor cafe.
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Date of experience: June 2019
sdgirl39 wrote a review May 2019
Newton, Massachusetts32 contributions11 helpful votes
The Palazzo Chigi Saracini houses the Academy of Music in a beautiful old palazzo. We have attended excellent chamber concerts there but had never taken the tour of the rooms originally lived in by the Chigi family. Multilingual Anna, the librarian of the music library, took us through the family rooms which house many works of art and fine old musical instruments. It was well worth the 7 Euros. There is now a coffee shop in the Palazzo so you can enjoy a cappuccino in the lovely courtyard!
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Date of experience: April 2019
Manuela L wrote a review Mar 2019
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg7,108 contributions2,808 helpful votes
The beginning of the construction was in the 12 century,with a special tin tower ( battlements), a window star of Siena, a beauty of the city; It's the seat of the Musical Accademica; In the palace is also a great bibliotek, much paintings, and a baroque concert hall.
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Date of experience: August 2018
StephenKutzy wrote a review Feb 2019
New York City, New York75 contributions22 helpful votes
Without a doubt, this is one of the must-see palazzos in Siena. My wife and I are so glad we decided to visit the Accademia Musicale and highly recommend it. The only way to visit is by guided tour which is included in the reasonable 7€ admission. We were guided by Barbara, an Accademia staff member, who is friendly, professional and,most importantly, incredibly knowledgeable about the palazzo and its history. The Accademia which is not only a music school and theater but an amazing museum. Some reviews only mention the cafe, gift shop and courtyard but the real jewel is the palazzo itself. Take the time (approximately 1hour) and don’t miss this palazzo when in Siena.
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Date of experience: February 2019
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