Piazza del Campo

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1 Piazza Il Campo, Siena, Italy
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Transcending_Bohemia Transcen…
3 reviews
Tuscany meets Tourist Jan 09, 2011
While living in Siena I found the Piazza Del Campo a perfect place to relax and people-watch. The sunlight there is of a realm of its own. It is golden and warms you even on a chilly winter afternoon. The Piazza Del Campo is surrounded by tourist-trap eateries and no Italian would waste their money for 10euro espresso there.

I recommend stopping here during the day and relaxing in the sun. You will fall in love with Tuscany all over again.
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HuBison says:
Is this where they have that huge horse race?
Posted on: Mar 17, 2011
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realrv6 realrv6
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A wonderful square. Very particular. May 01, 2009
Siena is one of the better preserved medieval cities in Europe. Its historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Piazza del Campo today as in medieval times, is the center of the city. It's one of the most beautiful and representative medieval squares in Italy. The most important events like The Palio of Siena are held there.

Build in the 12th century, it is famous mainly cuz of its particular form. It looks like a big, wonderful concave shell.

The most important building is the Palazzo Pubblico (Town Hall) with its 102 meter high bell tower (Torre del Mangia) situated on the lowest part of the square.
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Pearl510 Pearl510
162 reviews
Mar 29, 2006
The Piazza del Campo is one of the most beautiful squares of Europe. All main roads of Siena leave from here, so the square literally is the hart of the city. The small slope, the shell like form and the fountain, create a special atmosphere that will stick with you forever.

The town hall or Palazzo Publico is housed at Piazza del Campo as well. Here you find the most important museum of Siena, the Museo Civico, where several valuable fresco's of the Siena school are to be admired.

Piazza del Campo is separated in 9 sectors. The symbolize the "court of 9", the medieval town council that consisted of nine rich merchants.

Yet not only the architecture of the square is famous. Maybe even better known is the Palio delle Contrade, that is held here every year in august. This Palio is a wild horse race (three rounds) around the square. It only takes 90 seconds to complete it, but the preparations of this festival take months.

The tradition of it dates back to the 13th century. First people ran through the streets, but since 1656 the three rounds around the Piazza are raced. Ten racers are allowed to compete each other, and they come from the 17 different "contradas" Siena has. A contrada is a quarter, and each one has its own church, museum, social club, flag, symbol, etc.

Which contradas can participate is defined by raffle. In the competition, winning is most important. But apart from that, different contradas try to humiliate their greatest rivals in battle. The many quarters are competing against each other for ages, and the rich merchant families that ruled the different contradas are said not even to speak to each other. Up to today? Maybe. Traditions are kept well alive in Tuscany :)

The palio is so important for Siena and the Piazza, that in Italy, there is a saying that goes: "Chi dice Siena, dice Palio". It can be translated as: "Who talks about Siena, talks about the Palio", and it is used to state that two things are indissolubly connected to each other. Need I say more?
Piazza del Campo from the air
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Pearl510 says:
Thanks. This Piazza indeed is wonderful. We sat there for ages, just like you. It simply isn't something you walk by and than forget about. I think I'm going to go back when the Palio is raced. That must be completely amazing.
Posted on: Jul 01, 2007
architeqt says:
my god how much i love this place! i literally sat there for over an hour just enjoying the beauty of it, and watching the world and the people go by! definitely one of my most memorable travel experiences! (i even have it listed there in my profile!) great review!!!
Posted on: Jul 01, 2007

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