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Piazza del Campo

Museo Civico, 53100 Siena, Italy
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Activities: People-watching, Walking
Description: Siena's main square is the site of the famous Palio horse races that take place in July and August.
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Cupertino, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

When you think of coming to Italy and spending time people watching with a beautiful sunset, this is what pops up in your mind. There is something magical about sitting here at the end of the day, looking at the Campanile and the sky that makes you feel incredibly alive.

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Sebastopol
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

You could literally spend your whole time in Siena just sitting in the Piazza del Campo or walking around it or eating in one of the many restaurants surrounding it. It's a great place from which to see Siena.

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Woodbridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

I once read a quote that said that whilst the campo is not a car park there is hope for civilisation. It is quite simply an exquisite space and beats places like St Marks square hands down. Sit at one of the surrounding cafes; sip your coffee and just watch the world pass by. Heaven.

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texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

People watching, enjoying the sun and a nice bottle of wine while sitting on the Campo was very enjoyable.

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Nanaimo, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

It was nice to see but very busy. The restaurants in this area were overpriced. Shopping around the Piazza was nice.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

It was just enjoyable people watching in this vast square and imagining the Palio horse race taking place.Unfortunately we were leaving Italy on one of the days it was taking place.

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Melbourne
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

Best to just imagine how it would be without the hordes of tourists. Food overpriced overlooking the square, but reasonable in the streets leading to it. Still nice to wander a lap, and move on. Allow 20mins & you're done.

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Centreville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

We arrived in Siena the day after the breakneck horse race known as the Palio. As a result the Piazza was still ringed by barriers and covered with hard packed dirt where the race had been run. In fact the hoof prints of the horses were clearly visible as we walked around the square. This is a unique public place,... More

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Sunnyvale, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Very interesting. From why it is built around the government center, how it is transformed twice a year for the palio horse race this is the place to be in the evening as families stroll. One lunch or dinner of braised wild boar or duck or rabbit, the brunello...a wonderful stop.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

The scale of this gathering space is immense yet the feeling remains very intimate - something that is very odd but incredibly interesting. The slanted brick sitting area that slopes down toward the church is stunning. It seems to draw in seaters by the 100s enjoying the scenery, atmosphere, and beautiful sun. This is something so purely Italian, and so... More

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