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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Piazza del Campo Reviews
On a short tour to Siena we came to their main Piazza del Campo. A Semi-circular downward sloping area, which hosts their horse races twice a year. Very pretty piazza, lined with restaurants and... more »
There’s so much to see in this piazza. It’s the site where the famous Palio, bare-back horse race is held (think James Bond in Quantum of Solace). It is worth googling some images of the Palio race... more »
Siena is a wonderful place with style and history. Piazza del Campo is a great place for eating, drinking and watching the world go by. If you're feeling energetic, climb to the top of the tower for views of the surrounding countryside. By Irish standards, Tuscany offers great scenery, terrific wines / food and excellent value. If you haven't been....go now.
Wow what an amazing view. The history of this place is amazing, you can see where the horse races took place. The atmosphere is perfect and the people are friendly. The tower is so old but still looks so beautiful. There are plenty of places to eat and drink something.
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