Piazza del Campo, Siena

The unquestioned heart of the city since the middle of the 12th century, Piazza del Campo was built on the site of a former Roman marketplace. This historic public space is one of Europe's greatest medieval squares, renowned for its beauty and architectural integrity. A twice-yearly horse race, the Palio, has been held around the piazza's edges for several centuries. The square is surrounded by several palaces, the most notable of which was erected in the 13th century as the centerpiece of this shell-shaped space. The piazza's striking pavement, made of red bricks arranged in a fishbone pattern, attracts passing tourists and local students. Most visitors pack around the white marble fountain designed and built by Jacopo della Quercia, a notable sculptor of the Renaissance period. Make Piazza del Campo a centerpiece of your Siena vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Siena route builder app .
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  • Beautiful square in the city centre, surrounded by old mansions ... has a leaning structure ... the square is dominated by the beautiful torre del Magna ...
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  • I speak from Siena abitandoci, but either way compared to other squares "main" If the play very well. Really nice and say no more, I think that once in their life should be seen.
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  • It must be remembered, in front of a work of such magnitude, the fatigue and the ability of men who are committed to achieving it! Takes its name from the famous palio, born in medieval times.
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  • Walking down, down, down, into the city center then down the steps into the Piazza del Campo, is awe inspiring. To see these beautiful buildings from the 1300s and the Piazza that came sloping together from 3 villages, is a walk back into Medieval times. Sit on the bricks on the ground of the square or sit around in one of the many cafes around the edge take time to enjoy and imagine the history of what could have happened here. Stroll around in today's world to find plenty of souvenir shops too. Check the calendar of events as this city center still hosts many events.
  • This is one wonderful place to visit. If you manage to find the right bar without any obstructions, you sure will be in for a good view and a wonderful time! This is one of the best places I've been to so far while visiting Tuscany!
  • Charming square with zillions of tourists. You're bound to get a good photo here, but access is somewhat limited to a few avenues. There's a horse race at certain times of the year, with raked seating. A glorious setting.
  • Lovely center square at the very hart of the city. Definitely worth a visit since it still holds the medieval vibe and interestingly the old building is still used today by the major and his staff. Also 2 times a year they hold (July and August) a great and very popular horse race on for which they transform this square into an oval horse track with spectators in the center of it all.
  • The excitement of arriving in Siena was palpable. Finding Piazza del Campo, we stood at the mouth of the archway having ascended down some steep steps to be greeted by this famous space. It is incredible! I can only imagine what it feels like in July during the Palio!!! This place is incredible, and I suggest everybody should put a visit to Siena on their bucket list
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