Visits to the Palace
Palazzo Chigi Saracini and its treasures
Palazzo Chigi Saracini, home of the Accademia Musicale Chigiana, will once again open its doors to visitors. Those who enter can learn the history of some of the most prestigious aristocratic families of Siena through its artifacts.
They will be able to admire one of the most important private collections, achieved by Galgano Saracini, who – with great taste and insight – put together between the end of the 18th and the first decades of the 19th centuries paintings, marble and terracotta statues, bas-reliefs, porcelain, chinoiserie, valuable creations in ivory, wood and semiprecious gems, as well as a ceramics collection from one of the most noted Italian schools of the 16th and 17th centuries, creating a one-of-a-kind art gallery.
The halls of the Palazzo conserve decorations, murals, fabrics and wallpaper hangings that testify to the neoclassical taste of Galgano Saracini, of his son Alessandro’s preference for the late Romantic period and, above all, to the almost D’Annunzio-like eclecticism of the last heir, Count Guido Chigi Saracini, the last descendent of two noble families and the single heir to their fortunes.
In 1932 the great patron Guido Chigi Saracini founded the Accademia Musicale Chigiana, a school for the highest level of musical training. He brought some of the most important musicians of the period to Siena in the role of instructors, such as Pablo Casals, Andrés Segovia, Nathan Milstein, Alfred Cortot, Ivonne Astruc, etc. The presence in the Palazzo of these great artists of the 20th century is documented by a series of photos exhibited – as they were during the Count’s lifetime – among the furnishings and in of the rooms adjacent to the concert hall designed by Arturo Viligiardi, where rare musical instruments can also be seen and admired.
All this is Palazzo Chigi Saracini. The Accademia Musicale Chigiana Foundation, together with the Monte dei Paschi Bank of Siena, now the owner of a large part of the art collection, are once again presenting it to the public.
Booking will be required for guided tours in English.
Guided tours – lasting approximately one hour – will be held
from October 1 2018 up to June 30 2019
(except for holidays and the following days: 1, from 24 up to 31 December 2018; 28 February, 18 April 2019 and from 22 up to 26 April 2019).
From Monday-Saturday* at 11:30.
Those on Thursday and Friday at 4 p.m. too
* Visits on Saturday must to be booked (See
“Information and Booking”)
Full-price tickets for the tour cost 7 Euros.
Tickets for visitors under the age of 26 and for groups of at least 10 visitors the price is 5 Euros per person.
Entrance is free for children up to 6 years of age and for those who are accompanying groups.
INFORMATION AND BOOKING
Call center 366 8642092 from Monday-Friday between 9 and 11 a.m. or +39.0577.22091 from Monday-Friday between 9 and 13 a.m.
E-mail: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
PALACE TICKET OFFICE
Bookshop of Palazzo Chigi Saracini (via di Città, 89 – Siena)
Opening hours: half an hour before each visit.