Piazza del Campo
At one end of the square is the magnificent Palazzo Pubblico, or town hall (now also housing the Museo Civico) and from here the shell-shaped space radiates out. The bell tower of 1297, Torre del Mangia, rises from the palazzo and from up here there are great views. Enclosing the remainder of the square are the Late Gothic palaces of the grand medieval families of Siena. The Fonte Gaia, or fountain of life, is a white marble focal point and meeting place at the top end of the piazza.
Twice a year, in July and August, the madness of the traditional bareback horse race, Palio di Siena, is held around the edges of the square.
Tours & Tickets
Discover the beautiful Italian towns of Siena and San Gimignano on this day trip through Tuscany, including a wine tasting. Traveling with or without a guide — ... Read more
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Siena is the Tuscan town of the ‘palio,’ a famous horse race that takes place in the city square twice a year. It’s also home to 17 ‘contrade,’ distinct ... Read more
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)
See Siena’s main sights by night on a comfortable tour by mini-coach with audio commentary, followed by a lovely Italian dinner in Piazza del Campo. The ... Read more
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)
Head to the Tuscan hills on a day trip from Florence to visit Siena, San Gimignano and, finally, a Chianti winery for dinner! Journey through stretches of ... Read more
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
See the sunset in Siena, tour a Chianti winery at a farmhouse, and finish the night with a 4-course dinner featuring divine Tuscan specialties and wine from an ... Read more
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Take part in one of the most important events in Italy, the Palio di Siena! Twice a year, Siena holds the Palio horse race, an electric display of Italian ... Read more
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)