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Piazza del Campo in Siena

If you plan to visit Siena, be sure to spend some time in Piazza del Campo, the beating heart and symbol of the city and one of the reasons why the center of Siena has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Piazza del Campo (or simply the Campo) is the main square of Siena and one of the most famous and largest medieval squares in Europe. It is widely known for being the site of the Palio di Siena, the picturesque and thrilling horse race that takes place twice a year.

Starting from its particular and very original shell shape and from the sloping ground paved with red bricks, the architectural features of Piazza del Campo are so unique that they make it renowned all over the world; and they are also able to testify to the history and development of the city.
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The origins of the square are almost millenary, its first testimony dates back to 1169 as "Campus Sancti Pauli".
Piazza del Campo is located at the intersection of the three main roads leading to Siena. In fact, in ancient times the Campo had the function of a market square.
As can be seen from some aerial photos, the Piazza del Campo is divided into nine segments marked by white bands of travertine on the pavement. Each segment represents one of the Nine Lords (or Noveschi) who ruled Siena from the end of the 13th century to the mid-14th century. This was a historical period of great cultural and political achievements for the city.

What to see in Piazza del Campo

  • First of all, we suggest you to take some time to simply stop in the middle of Piazza del Campo so that you can experience it to the full: you will become one with its history and its art.
  • Or you can consider sitting outside one of the many cafes that surround the square, fully enjoying the magic of the place, perhaps, sipping a cappuccino or a glass of wine ... strictly Chianti.
  • If, on the other hand, you are in the mood for a bit of adventure, climb to the top of the Torre del Mangia, one of the most renowned towers in Tuscany. It may take some effort, but the breathtaking view of Siena and the surrounding countryside will reward all efforts.
  • The Torre del Mangia is part of the Palazzo Pubblico, in the past the seat of the Government of the Nine. It is a very refined example of medieval Italian architecture with its recognizable Gothic elements. It houses the famous cycle of frescoes "Allegory and Effects of Good and Bad Government" made by Ambrogio Lorenzetti between 1338 and 1339.
  • The Palio di Siena normally takes place twice a year, respectively on July 2 and August 16, in a truly electric atmosphere. It is an exciting competition of medieval origin in which the jockeys and horses of the 17 districts (the historical subdivisions of the city) challenge each other in an exciting race to the last corner.
  • (PS: if you want to see the Palio live count that tickets must be booked in advance!)
  • Piazza del Campo is just one of several reasons why it is absolutely worthwhile to include Siena in your tour of Tuscany.
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