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Known as one of Europe's greatest medieval square, Piazza del Campo the principal public space of the historic center of Siena, Tuscany, Italy. It is renowned worldwide for its beauty and architectural integrity. This site revolutionized the idea of the medieval Italian piazza, having no spatial restrictions or conventional shape nor any symbolic balance of secular and religious power. “Il Campo”, which means “the field” is the ideal spot to observe passing Sienese life, and take in its beautifully preserved Medieval atmosphere.
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Piazza del Campo is unique because it does not provide benches or furniture for use by visitors like most public places. The visitors often sit on the red brick floors of the square, wherever they feel most comfortable. Piazza del Campo's open square provides flexibility in the types of activities that occur in the space. Take a tour and you will see public performances and other informal activities which often occur in the center of the square because the downward slope of the space creates a natural amphitheater for spectators. Walk around Piazza del Campo and you will find cafes, museums, and retail stores on the edge of the square. These adjacent commercial activities provide a steady stream of pedestrian traffic into the square, especially that of tourists. Piazza del Campo's majestic design and arrangement provides the best vantage point to admire the national monuments surrounding the space. Here are some of the things to do at Piazza del Campo:
Palazzo Pubblico is still used for its original function, for the municipal offices of Siena. It is the most majestic building in the square with a distinctive tower. Climbing the tower Torre del Mangia takes some effort, but it'll reward you with magnificent views over the city and surrounding countryside. Palazzo Pubblico also hosts the Museo Civico with its splendid Medieval frescoes, including the famous cycle “Good and Bad Government” by Ambrogio Lorenzetti. While you're here, take a little tour around and pay a small foo to enter the Museo Civico. Just an hour can be enough to see all the most important art works that this museum preserves on its walls. It is one of the best things to do at Piazza del Campo.
Another thing to do at Piazza del Campo is visiting the Fonte Gaia. Designed by Jacopo della Quercia around 1419, the magnificent Fonte Gaia fountain adorns the higher part of Piazza del Campo. The water that feeds the fountain travels from a spring in the nearby countryside through 25 kilometers of underground passages known as Bottini, built in the Middle Ages. It has been making the city joyful since 1342 when the first public fountain appeared on this spot. While in Siena, take a tour to this beautiful fountain: it is one of the most wonderful works of art in the world.
One more special thing to do at Piazza del Campo is sitting at one of the cafes in the area. You can easily spend a couple of hours just admiring the details of the splendid buildings that surround the square with the lovely windows, balconies and crenelated rooftops. This space is very lively and often full of students and tourists enjoying the sun.
How to Get Tickets?
There is no admission fee to do a self-tour at Piazza del Campo. You could just come anytime you want and sit or take a tour around while enjoying the beauty. There is a small fee if you want to do a tour at the attractions near Piazza del Campo, such as the museums, the cathedrals, etc. You can purchase the tickets on the spot.
How To Get Around?
Walking is the best and probably the only option to get around the square for a tour. The historical center of town strictly prohibits automobiles and even bicycles. Be prepared for some steep inclines as you make your way around the square's attractions. Wheelchair and stroller are accessible in most part of the square.
What Should I Wear?
Wear anything comfortable for your tour at Piazza del Campo. You will be walking a lot in this area and you probably would want to sit around, so make sure you wear comfortable shoes and clothes. Wearing a mini-skirt is not the best option if you plan to sit on the brick around the square. Don't forget to bring sunscreen and sunglasses if you're visiting in summer.
Best Time to Visit
Dawn is a beautiful time to see the square. But if you spend the night in Siena, make sure to take a tour through Piazza del Campo after dark, when the illumination reveals a quietly magical atmosphere. If you happen to find yourself visiting Siena in early July or mid August, then you are in for a treat. Twice each year, on July 2 and August 15, the community holds the Palio di Siena, which is a horse race around the Piazza del Campo.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, you can find everything on this website. It is easy to get around Piazza del Campo and self-guided tour is highly recommended.
How To Get There?
You can get to Piazza de Campo by public transport easily. From Siena train station, you have to walk to the nearest bus stop and buy bus tickets for approximately 1.60 Euros. However, it's very confusing to find the right bus stop if you're not in the know. We recommend you to take a taxi, it takes you right to the center, a street away from the piazza Del Compo.