The Piazza del Campo is exquisite - it's unusual scallop shape and slope make it unique - the architectural design of the surrounding buildings is split into Nine segments in deference to Siena's Rule of Nine
The Fonte Gia (Fountain of Joy) fountain is an ancient treasure designed by Jacobo Della Quercia from 1409-1419 ( no instant installation water-feature this!) is enjoyed by children, dogs and pigeons as well as lovers of antique basins and fountains.
The tall Mangia Bell Tower - even although it has been reduced from it's original height is perhaps one of the most beautiful in Tuscany.
Unfortunately for horses, twice a year this elegant square is completely packed with tens of thousands of locals and tourists desperate to catch a glimpse of the 90 seconds of complete madness known as the Palio! For the sake of a bale of silk (The Palio itself) 10 horsemen ride an unknown horse bareback three times round this square - such is the competition that few of them make it to the finish line still aback their mounts and many of them leave the square in ambulances - but it doesn't matter as it is the horse that has been blessed in the Church before the race, applauded if he is "disrespectful" of the Church and fouls it as this is taken as a good omen, and is awarded - on behalf of his Contade (City region) this coveted prize!! Thank goodness steps have been taken in recent years to protect the lives of the Participants and the Spectators of this ancient Tournament but it is still a crazy spectacle!.
The square - with or without galloping horses - is definitely worth a visit!
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