Torre del Mangia

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Torre del Mangia
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The tower, more than 290 feet high, was constructed in 1325 by Minuccio and Francesco di Rinaldo, and has the Chapel of the Piazza at its base..
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Shelley W
Vancouver, Canada9 contributions
Sep 2019
We spent a lot of time at Il Campo, ate & drank at Sclavi (a small little place amongst the bigger restaurants but better prices and food was excellent).
We did the Duomo tour and I fell in love with marble. We climbed to the tower (awesome, well worth the $) and then climbed Facciatone (another climb well worth the $). We rode the bus from our B&B into town every day and it was super easy, bus drivers were super helpful. Took a bus tour from Siena to Pienza, Montepulciano and Montalcino, another great tour!
Written February 7, 2020
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pidge
2 contributions
Jan 2021 • Friends
Climbing the steps to the top of the torre is well worth it! Siena is situated up on a hill in Tuscany, so not only do you get an amazing view of the city, you get a great view of the surrounding countryside.

I especially loved the view of Siena from above as it better helped me appreciate just how old and well preserved this beautiful city is. It's unlike any other in Italy!
Written January 13, 2021
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Asiyah Noemi K
Pula, Croatia4,675 contributions
Jan 2020
Torre del Mangia can be seen from almost all parts of the city. The civic symbol of Siena, it stands out in the Piazza del Campo next to the Palazzo Pubblico. Arriving at the main square, Piazza del Campo, we can immediately admire the beautiful tower and the palace next to it. The atmosphere in this beautiful square is beautiful. The reason for this is all the beauty of Torre del Mangia with all its buildings, palaces, fountains, restaurants and bars. At one point, I feel like the time has stopped and I am back in the Middle Ages. The construction of the tower was begun by the brothers Francesco and Muccio di Rinaldo in 1325 and completed around 1348. The tower was built to be exactly the same height as the Siena Cathedral as a sign that the church and the state had equal amounts of power. The tower is in red brick until the crown, while the upper part in travertine is the work of the Sienese sculptor Agostino di Giovanni, following the design by Lippo Memmi. In 1666, after several attempts of fusion, a large bell was put in, and the Sienese called it the “Campanone”, also called “Sunto” because it was dedicated to the Madonna dell'Assunta. The bell plays a notable role in the celebrations of the Palio. It owes its curious name of Torre del Mangia to the fact that the Municipality entrusted, from 1347 to 1360, to bellringer to be Giovanni di Balduccio to ring from the tower, nicknamed “Mangiaguadagni” (eat-the-profits), for his spendthrift tendency, idleness or gluttony. It was later replaced by an automaton, which, in memory of his first bellringer, was called Mangia. The remains of this automaton are now kept inside the Cortile del Podestà. At the base of the tower is the Cappella di Piazza (Square Chapel), built in 1352 as a thanks for the end of the terrible plague of 1348.
Written April 10, 2020
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Rich J
21 contributions
Jun 2019
Climbing the Torre del Magia is a must do in Sienna as th ultimate way to appreciate the grand Il Campo and the other architectural highlights of Sienna. The vista in every direction is captivating and it gives all the other attractions true perspective.
When finished a glass of Tuscan wine and a gelato to cool down are awaiting in the squares many cafe's.
Written March 10, 2020
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AlbertSalichs
Manresa, Spain9,531 contributions
Aug 2019 • Family
Torre de Mangia is the most known building in Siena. It is located in Piazza del Campo (main square) in the old town of this charming medieval city, in Tuscany Region, in the center of Italy. It is a bell tower located in the Palazzo Publico (town hall) and it was built in 14th Century. Then was the highest secular tower in the city and it has the same high than the Duomo bell tower: a contraposition between two powerful powders: state and religion. After some other elements was included until their final form. Wonderful bell tower. I am sure it will be the first place you will go, if you come to Siena. Top in Tuscany and Italy (and probably on world).
(See also Piazza del Campo, Palio di Siena and Centro Storico di Siena)
Written May 14, 2020
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G.B.
871 contributions
Sep 2021
The first few steps can be difficult, but don't be afraid. It is only because of the presence of the clock mechanism that narrows the passage, after the first steps the space widens and you can climb more easily. At the end you will be able to enjoy an enviable panorama!
Written November 8, 2021
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Italyin2011
Los Angeles, CA8 contributions
Apr 2011
It was not easy. And when we thought we were there, we found out, we were only half way there. We paid for our tickets, 8 euro, to continue. Was it worth it? YES. Be prepared to put your back pack and purses in a locker, before advancing. The folks who gave us our tickets, spoke enough english for us to understand we had to leave our back packs and to give us a student group rate. Like most medival towers, the stairs are steep and norrow. Sure, it's kind of scarey, but only kinda. You kind of start laughing and joking about it. But the VIEW was breathtaking. Take lots of pictures. Try standing on side and take a shot of opposite side. Take photos going up and down stairs too. Come on, that's half the story. But be prepared to be sore and laugh about it. IT'S WORTH IT. Get a photo of square below. Have fun. And don't be afraid to do it. I'm 50 afraid of heights and tight spaces. I have a bad ankle, bad knee and nerve injury. If I can do it , you can. Ciao.
Written May 2, 2011
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Mike M
Sunset, LA, USA72 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
If you like to get high...for views of Siena and the Tuscan countryside, a better view is available with less climbing. Wikipedia will tell you that the Torre is exactly the same height as the Siena Duomo. However the Torre commands the Piazza del Campo, which is a low hollow, while the Duomo is atop a hill.
The Duomo is considerably more interesting than the Piazza del Campo, except perhaps on Palio day. So when you visit the Duomo, you'll find several ticket options, which some marketing genius dreamed up. Get a ticket that includes the Panorama del Facciatone. This is an observation deck above the Museo dell' Opera, the museum of artworks, which adjoins the Duomo.
Like most things in Italy, signage indicating how to reach the Facciatone is either missing or poorly sited. Basically you reach the doorway to the stairway in an upper floor of the Museo dell' Opera. It's a timed entry and the docents hurry you through the various levels. But when you reach the top level, you're looking down on the Torre del Mangia, with considerably less climbing.
For even more getting-high fun, go for the Porta del Cielo ticket option at the Duomo. Here you'll do some climbing.
Written March 8, 2019
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TipperNC
Huntersville, NC664 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
My son and I climbed the tower and found the payoff well worth the effort of climbing the stairs. The views of Il Campo and all of Siena are stunning. You pay at a little booth on the ground floor across the way from the actual stairs then climb a bit before handing over your tickets. You can’t bring bags of any type to the top but they provide free lockers for your stuff at the place where you show your tickets. Highly recommended if you can handle the climb and claustrophobia.
Written December 22, 2019
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Sarah W
Whitefish Bay, WI53 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
My husband I did this earlier today and wow, it is 100% worth the climb to get to the top!

I feel you should do this climb verses the dumo climb because you go up higher than the dome and you can see the cathedral and domes when you get up there!

You can pay when you get there and you'll climb up a few flights of stairs, where you will have to store your bag in a locker. Then, you climb up tons of stairs to get to the top! I need a knee replacement and I'm pregnant, so needless to say I was huffing and puffing when I got to the top! But, the views are STUNNING!

You will be squished when people squeeze past you because the stairs are so narrow and only allow one at a time to climb up or down. Many people either waited on a "bigger" step, while someone squeezed by.
Written September 16, 2018
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