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.
Tours to Piazza del Campo
$39 BOOK WITH VIATOR Skip the Line: Siena Duomo and City Walking Tour Skip the Line: Siena Duomo and City Walking Tour
Duration: 2 hours
$276 BOOK WITH VIATOR Private Tour: Secret Siena Walking Tour Private Tour: Secret Siena Walking Tour
Duration: 3 hours
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The Piazza del Campo is a shell-shaped town square in the center of the Italian city of Siena. At the lowest point of the square are the Palazzo Pubblico, town hall and museum, and the Torre del...
The Piazza del Campo is a shell-shaped town square in the center of the Italian city of Siena. At the lowest point of the square are the Palazzo Pubblico, town hall and museum, and the Torre del... more »
A stunning place to sit at sunset at one of the restaurants. Amazing to know that the wild horse racing happens here.
A stunning place to sit at sunset at one of the restaurants. Amazing to know that the wild horse racing happens here. more »
Piazza del Campo has a special charm. People sit in cafeterias and enjoy the beautiful view. The piazza is surrounded by many bars and restaurants. People also sit on the floor, which is something wonderful to me. If you want the best view of Siena and to take wonderful pictures, go to the tower. It is mandatory to buy tickets in advance so that they can give you time to enter the tower. Its only ten euros and free for kids up to 12 years of age.
Amazing plaza, it must be incredible during the Palio! On any other day, the plaza is a visual spectacle. The buildings are all unique and the tower is incredible! There are restaurants and shops throughout. The shell shape and angle of the ground is cool! It's a great place to hangout!
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