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Piazza del Campo Tours

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Piazza del Campo
 Siena’s central Piazza del Campo is one of the most beautiful and famous squares in Tuscany. This sweeping, shell-shaped space is anchored by the magnificent Palazzo Pubblico (home to the Museo Civico) and soaring Torre del Mangia tower, and hosts the historic Palio di Siena festival each July and August.

The Basics
The 14th-century Piazza del Campo is the heart of Siena’s historic center, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In addition to the medieval town hall and bell tower, the square is home to the Fonte Gaia, a 15th-century white-marble fountain that is both a focal point and meeting place at the top end of the piazza. The square is ringed by late Gothic buildings and palaces, once residences of the most powerful families in Siena and now filled with bustling restaurants and cafés. 

Appreciate the beauty and history of Piazza del Campo by joining a walking or Segway tour of Siena’s historic center. Many small-group and private tours also include skip-the-line access to Siena’s cathedral (Duomo), a masterpiece of Gothic architecture and one of the city’s most impressive sights. Siena is a popular day trip from Florence and Rome, and many tours also include stops in Pisa or San Gimignano.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Piazza del Campo is one of the most striking squares in Tuscany and makes for memorable photos, so be sure to bring your camera.
  • The square is accessible to wheelchair users, but has a slight slope down towards the Palazzo del Pubblico.
  • Kids love to play in the traffic-free square, though the fountain is closed off with protective fencing.
  • There are a number of cafés and restaurants along the perimeter of the square, perfect for a snack or meal with a view.

How to Get There
Piazza del Campo is in the very center of Siena’s old town, and you can walk or take a city bus to the square from the train station. The most convenient way to visit, however, is with a small-group or private tour that includes transportation so you can also explore nearby Tuscan villages.

When to Get There
Home to one of the most famous and popular medieval festivals in Italy, Piazza del Campo is off limits to anyone who hasn’t come specifically to see the biannual Palio, held in July and August. The square offers little shade so is best explored in early morning or late afternoon in summer, or in spring or fall when the temperatures are milder.

Siena’s Palio Festivities
Piazza del Campo is one of the most recognized public squares in Italy thanks to the popular Palio di Siena, the historical festival held there each year on one day in July and one day in August. Festivities focus around a bareback horse race among 10 horses and riders representing 10 of the 17 contrade, or historical town districts. The horses race along a track encircling the square surrounded by screaming crowds, and the celebrations also include religious services, pageants, and banquets.
Address: Piazza Il Campo, 1, Siena, Tuscany 53100, Italy
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Skip the Line: Siena Duomo and City Walking TourCity Packages

Skip the Line: Siena Duomo and City Walking Tour

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Indulge in one of Italy's most beautiful cities, Siena, during this sightseeing tour. An expert guide gives you an insider's view of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed town. Linger for a while in Piazza del Campo, the superlative square that is home to the Palio, a wild horse race that takes place every July and August. Stroll the streets with your guide learning about the history of the place. Visit the Duomo, Siena's stunning cathedral, and stroll right in thanks to your skip-the-line ticket. 
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Best of Siena Guided Walking Tour City Packages

Best of Siena Guided Walking Tour

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Maximize time in Siena with a guided walking tour through the medieval city streets. See local landmarks including Piazza del Campo and the Siena Cathedral while hearing stories about the city’s history and architecture from a local guide. Explore a local district, called a Contrada, and learn about Siena’s famous Palio horse races.
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Siena: City walking tour with Duomo- Skip the lineCity Packages

Siena: City walking tour with Duomo- Skip the line

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The UNESCO–listed city of Siena ranks among Italy’s must-see destinations, with medieval history, beautiful architecture, and colorful culture. On this walking tour, choose from a range of start times and take in top city attractions including the Piazza del Campo and Chigi Palace. Enjoy a concise introduction to the best of Siena, and navigate easily as your guide brings the city’s history to life. Upgrade your tour to include a visit to Siena Cathedral—the city’s top attraction.
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Siena Walking Tour: Medieval Exploration Game (Piazza del Campo, Duomo)City Packages

Siena Walking Tour: Medieval Exploration Game (Piazza del Campo, Duomo)

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Embark on a quest around Siena by solving clues to start a war between the famous Tolomei and Salimbeni families, all with the help of your smartphone. Unlock new stories as you discover on your own the Siena Dome, the historical center, Fonte Gaia, Palazzo Tolomei, and more. + Discover the second-oldest bank in the world + Uncover the secrets of the Palazzo Tolomei + Admire the beautiful fountain at Fonte Gaia + Take selfies in Piazza del Duomo Each riddle you solve will lead you from one place to another, giving you exact directions, so you won’t need a map, a GPS or a guide. When you solve it and guess the answer, the secret story of that place is unlocked. Start and stop whenever you want.
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Siena and the Palio. The most famous horse race in the world.City Packages

Siena and the Palio. The most famous horse race in the world.

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A route that will take you through the most beautiful streets and monuments of Siena, with particular attention to the Palio, the most famous horse race in the world. We will start from Piazza del Campo, near the monumental fountain of Fonte Gaia. From here we will explore the beautiful courtyard of Palazzo Pubblico, while our expert guide will capture your attention with a detailed and compelling description of the dynamics of the famous horse race that takes place twice a year in that same square. From here we will continue to the territories of the Contrade (the city districts competing in the Palio) of the Torre and Valdimontone. From the latter we will admire the most beautiful view of the city from above. The tour includes an exclusive entrance to a Contrada palace and its private museum, which contains the trophies won over the years.
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Let's discover Siena! City Packages

Let's discover Siena!

That's a short but exhaustive tour that touches the most important places of the beautiful city center of Siena.
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Siena Food TourCity Packages

Siena Food Tour

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After a morning spent exploring the streets of Siena, see to your appetite with a lunchtime Sienese food tour. Enjoy a beautiful antipasto before enjoying a meal in a traditional Tuscan tavern. This culinary tour fits neatly into a long lunch break, making it easy to fit this tour into a full day of sightseeing.
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Guided walking tour of Siena City Packages

Guided walking tour of Siena

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Siena is a treasure trove of historical, artistic, religious and cultural riches all to be discovered. The best way to do it is on foot, admiring the changes to the town over the centuries and enjoying the spectacular scenery and curious particulars. With an authorized guide you will be able to appreciate the major tourist attractions like Piazza del Campo, the true heart of the town, the Palazzo Comunale (Town Hall), the Cathedral and the majestic Basilica of San Domenico. There will also be no lack of references to the great noble families, such as the Piccolomini, Tolomei and Salimbeni, and their palazzos, to the great tradition of the Siena Palio, but also to the stories of pilgrimage and saintliness that distinguish the town. The walk continues with a visit to the Cathedral that preserves the treasures of artists like Nicola Pisano, Duccio di Buoninsegna, Donatello and Gianlorenzo Bernini, besides its marvelous marble floor, which is a unique example in the history of art.
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Private Tour: Secret Siena Walking TourHalf-day Tours

Private Tour: Secret Siena Walking Tour

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Discover the medieval streets of Siena with a personal guide at your side, and find hidden-away corners far from the tourist crowds. Create a personalized itinerary on this private 3-hour tour, departing from Piazza del Campo in the morning or afternoon. Walk past major monuments as you explore on foot.
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Civic Museum of Siena: a jewel of culture inside the majestic Palazzo PubblicoCity Packages

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An expert local guide will accompany you to discover the Palazzo Pubblico in Siena, which has been the seat of the city government since 1317. Today it is the town hall and inside there is the beautiful Civic Museum, which offers a complete overview of the evolution of Sienese art. You will visit all the halls of the palace and admire the extraordinary works of art. The first room is dedicated to the first king of Italy Victor Emmanuel II, entirely frescoed by 19th century purist artists. Then you will explore frescoes by Spinello Aretino representing scenes related to the life of the Sienese Pope Alexander III. The Consistory Hall is where weddings take place today, a wonderful place whose ceiling is entirely frescoed by the Sienese artist Domenico Beccafumi. Afterwards, the tour continues by visiting the famous frescoes by Simone Martini of the 14th century, the Maestà. At the end you will admire "The Allegory and the Effects of the Good and Bad Government” by Ambrogio Lorenzetti.
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Siena: Guided Walking Tour with Duomo (Skip the Line)City Packages

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Wonderful Classic Siena Tour with guaranteed departure every day at 11.15 am from the tourist office in Piazza Duomo. Expert local guide will introduce you to the history of Siena and its monuments in an interesting and pleasant way Duomo ticket included in the price adult rate 20.00 euros per person children between 6 and 12 years 10.00 euro per person children under 6 years free
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Siena Horse Race: History and Tradition of PalioCity Packages

Siena Horse Race: History and Tradition of Palio

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Learn all about Siena's famous horse race, the Palio, on this 1-hour, guided walking tour. Your guide shares all the details about the Palio's history and traditions of the race that takes place in the city square, the Piazza del Campo. Also visit one of Siena's 17 districts ("contrade"), whose representatives race in the Palio twice a year.
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Tuscany Tour in English from FlorenceBus Tours

Tuscany Tour in English from Florence

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Experience Tuscany during this full-day, private, guided tour that includes lunch and a wine tasting (select option at booking). Visit this storied region with up to eight people and enjoy free time to explore four separate stops including Pisa and Monteriggioni. Wander in Tuscan villages, explore history, see medieval architecture and share your photos using the vehicle’s free, onboard WiFi.
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Hidden Corners of Siena Private Walking TourCity Packages

Hidden Corners of Siena Private Walking Tour

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Siena Food Tour - TASTE SIENADining Experiences

Siena Food Tour - TASTE SIENA

The only real food tour of Siena - Our guided Siena Food Tour brings you to 8 distinct enogastromic locales within the historic center of Siena. Our tour will begin with classic Italian breakfast and includes a hearty lunch, so make sure to bring your appetite! Stops and tastings include "panforte" a 13th-century Sienese cake, handmade "pici," a Tuscan style of pasta, artisanal pecorino cheese, two wine tastings from the finest Tuscan vineyards, local dishes in a classic osteria, sweet bites in a famous 19th-century spice shop, and rich gelato in the heart of Piazza del Campo. All food and wine tastings are included in the ticket price.
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Siena 2-hour private tour with an expert guideCity Packages

Siena 2-hour private tour with an expert guide

Benefit from the personalized attention of your private guide on this 2-hour walking tour of Siena. Hear about the history and culture of this city, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll take in landmarks such as the Siena Cathedral, Piazza del Campo, and more as you stroll around the picturesque streets at a pace that is suitable for most people.
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Half-day Private Walking Tour of Siena

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Siena is one of Tuscany’s most picturesque medieval towns and this private walking tour is ideal for first-time visitors or those short on time. Take in the highlights of the UNESCO-listed center, stroll around lively Piazza Del Campo, and admire landmarks such as San Domenico Basilica, Palazzo Tolomei, and Cathedral of Siena.
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Siena and San Gimignano Private Shore Excursion for CruisersFull-day Tours

Siena and San Gimignano Private Shore Excursion for Cruisers

This private shore excursion has been designed for those who have already visited the famous cities of Florence and Pisa, and are interested in exploring other beautiful areas of Tuscany rich in charm, history, and culture. Siena’s history extends as far back as Ancient Rome as a Roman colony. For centuries since, Siena grew into a prosperous significant medieval town, a rightful rival to the neighboring Florence. One of the historic traditions that date back to ancient tribal systems retained in Siena, is the town’s 17 districts (contrade)- each with its own coat of arm and strong identity. Every July 2 and August 16 the Palio is held in Piazza del Campo. San Gimignano has a distinctive skyline which has earned it its nickname "Medieval Manhattan" of Tuscany. During the Middle Ages towers were a symbol of power, therefore prestigious families competed in building the tallest and greatest towers to establish their relevance in the community.
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Siena Street Food Tour with a Local GuideCity Packages

Siena Street Food Tour with a Local Guide

Tuscan cuisine is famous across the world, and Siena sits at the foodie heart of the region. With this tour, stroll through Siena’s medieval old town with a guide to take in the most important sights and sample Tuscan classics like charcuterie, fresh pasta, and gelato. Visit Piazza Salimbeni, Piazza del Campo, and other highlights while learning about the city’s cultural and culinary history.
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Medieval Siena: a dive into the past.City Packages

Medieval Siena: a dive into the past.

A journey to discover the most ancient and evocative corners of the city. The streets, squares, the most picturesque and well preserved monuments of medieval Siena. A path that will lead you through the most characteristic points of interest in the city: We will start from the ancient Porta Camollia, which protected Siena from its enemies during the Middle Ages, we will continue along the Via Francigena, the road traveled by pilgrims going to Rome to visit the tombs of San Pietro and San Paolo, we will stop at the site of the second oldest bank in history and will cross the nearby Piazza del Campo, unique for its architecture and famous in the world for the horse race that takes place every summer. Finally we will conclude the tour in front of the Renaissance palace built by the influential Piccolomini family. We will tell you at each stage the events and characters that have shaped the history of Siena over the centuries.
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Vip Siena Palio Tour!Half-day Tours

Vip Siena Palio Tour!

Siena lovers, you will get the chance to breathe the atmosphere of the life of the Contrada and the Palio of Siena! An exclusive opportunity! An exciting experience lived with its protagonists: the Sienese people: vising the Museum and the Church of the Contrada Our guide will also lead you through the Piazza del Campo, where the most famous Palio in the world takes place every year on July 2nd and August 14th. We will also visit the Duomo of Siena, a gem set in a jewel city! We will continue to move into the world of the purest tradition with a tasting of typical Sienese sweets: Panforte, Ricciarelli and Cavallucci accompanied by Vin Santo del Chianti. These products, famous all over the world, maintain a high quality offered to the public in the past hundred years! The family of singer Gianna Nannini has been producing these sweets for generations and iat Caffè Nannini twe will stop and taste these specialities.
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Siena Segway TourHalf-day Tours

Siena Segway Tour

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Mix medieval times with the 21st century on this small-group or private 3-hour tour of Siena via Segway. Gliding around town on two wheels, follow your guide while learning about the history of the town and each place you visit. See this Tuscan town’s main attractions from a Segway, including Piazza del Campo, Piazza del Duomo and Basilica of San Domenico. Get a killer view from the imposing Fortezza Medicea. Opt to take the tour in the morning, afternoon or in the evening to better suit your time in Siena. The number of participants on this small-group tour is limited to just eight, so you’re sure to get plenty of personalized attention from the guide.
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The beauties of Siena in a half dayHalf-day Tours

The beauties of Siena in a half day

Our expert local guide will accompany you through the streets of the historic center. You will admire the famous square Piazza del Campo, where the Palio takes place twice a year and the majestic Palazzo Pubblico, the town hall. The tour continues towards the historic palaces Palazzo Tolomei, one of the oldest private buildings, Palazzo Salimbeni, headquarter of the oldest public bank in Europe. You will enter inside the Basilica of San Domenico and in the Sanctuary of St. Catherine, where the saint lived with her family. You will walk along the ancient via Banchi di Sopra, part of the via Francigena, one of the most important roads for pilgrims. The visit ends in Piazza Duomo, where you will be amazed by the wonderful Cathedral. The guide will take you back in time by telling you the extraordinary story of what had to become the largest Cathedral in Europe. During the visit it will be possible to taste some typical Sienese biscuits, Ricciarelli and Cantucci.
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