Piazza del Campo
Piazza del Campo
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Siena's main square is the site of the famous Palio horse races that take place in July and August.
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  • Brenda S
    Auckland Central, New Zealand42 contributions
    A great meeting space but dress in warm layers for April.
    Bathed in sun for much of the the Piazza del Campo sits at the heart of old Siena. Ringed by restaurants with room to spread out on the tiles and enjoy their ambient heat in the afternoon it is a natural meeting spot. Visiting in April with day temperatures dropping a low as eight degrees during our stay I advise you dress in layers with a scarf and a wind breaker as an unpleasant breeze can cut through this space.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 5, 2023
  • Sarah L
    London, United Kingdom3,051 contributions
    The heart of the city
    Beautiful square- probably one of the biggest city piazzas in Italy and a unique circular shape. Its surrounded by shops and restaurants and has small avenues around it in which to get to and from the other streets full of shops. Great place to people watch and go for a wander.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 21, 2023
  • Lisa L
    Vancouver, Canada12 contributions
    A beautiful place to get lost and relax in.
    Relax and enjoy the sights and sounds around you in this historic site of Gothic architecture. There are many great restaurants around the perimeter to sit and enjoy and see some of the colourful flags hanging in the streets which are a tribute to the horse race that runs twice a year with 10 horses bareback around the perimeter of this piazza. On YouTube, Lisa Lancaster travels has a playlist for Europe 2023 and there is a video of this site if you would like to see more.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 30, 2023
  • AK8397
    Ontario, Canada885 contributions
    Great Place for People Watching
    This is the town square of the medieval centre of Siena. Actually, it is not a square, but clam-shaped and sloping. The piazza is ringed with patio restaurants and cafes, so is a good place to relax, enjoy some drink or food, and watch the people passing by. Tourists, students and families all wander through, admiring the buildings, passing the time, playing ball, eating gelato or just chatting. There is also a Fountain of Joy in the piazza. All in all, a nice place to spend some relaxing time.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 6, 2023
  • Traveler O
    Washington DC, District of Columbia1,038 contributions
    Central Siena Square
    Huge central square overlooked by the clock tower - which is based off the same tower in central Florence (i.e. the Tower of Arnolfo). Lots of eateries and it's large open space with plenty of room for photos. It's all concrete and stone though, so it gets hot as the day wears on. Plenty of shops on the side streets leading in as well.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 11, 2023
  • travel_in_fours
    Emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates911 contributions
    Great place
    Had seen this place for the first time while watching the James Bond movie QUANTUM OF SOLACE. Since then I always had a desire to visit this place. Although we didn’t not see the Horse race but I could imagine what an amazing experience it would be to watch the race. We reached this place, pretty early in the morning so that we could beat the crowd. After reaching this place, we strolled around in the piazza and waited for our time ticket to climb the tower. It’s a must visit place if you are in Siena. From the top of the tower the views are breathtaking. Would remind you of the Game of Thrones movie.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 28, 2023
  • lucyjv2018
    Newbury, United Kingdom124 contributions
    A must see…..
    You can’t go to Siena and not visit the Piazza del Campo, it is very beautiful, quite busy on the edges but strangely empty in the middle. Quite a buzz in the place, and the surrounding buildings are wonderful - look up!!!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 22, 2023
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom9,509 contributions
Jun 2019
There’s so much to see in this piazza. It’s the site where the famous Palio, bare-back horse race is held (think James Bond in Quantum of Solace). It is worth googling some images of the Palio race while you are there just to get a sense of the pageantry and atmosphere when the whole piazza is converted to a race track and crammed with thousands of spectators and pounding hoves.
The main buildings are the Palazzo Pubblico (town hall) and the 14th century tower, the Torre del Mangia. The Palazzo Pubblico looks more like a castle with its crenellated walls and the tower stands at 330 feet tall, dominating the area. Look out for the small open air chapel (at the bottom of the tower) where the Palio contestants come every year to be blessed before the race. After the Black Plague wiped out a third of the population, those who were left gathered together and built the chapel in 1352 to give thanks for their survival. You can climb the tower if you have time, although we didn’t because we only had half a day and honestly the Duomo can take almost all of that time up on its own.
Don’t leave the piazza without having a look at the very pretty 15th century fountain on the high side (even the name, ‘Fountain of Joy’, is pretty). It got the name because the fountain provided the people of Siena with all of their water and having a clean, plentiful water supply was a big deal at that time. A system of more than 30km of underground tunnels bought the water to the city’s centre and people came here with their jugs and urns to fill them up. The wolves are the best part. A series of wolves line the fountain with water shooting out of their mouths - like snout spouts.
There are lots of places lining the piazza to sit for a coffee or a meal. The piazza is shaped like an amphitheatre, fanning out from the town hall, so they all have the same outlook.
Written March 12, 2020
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RobboRD
Nottingham, UK65 contributions
Sep 2020
A beautiful main square in the city with restaurants and shops around the edge. It was nice to come here after eating at a restaurant and sit with a glass of wine whilst enjoying the atmosphere of the place.

I didn't eat at any of the restaurants here as I got told by many they are the typical tourist trap - expensive and not the best food... but it's certainly nice enough to have a wine or two and gives you a good vibe of the city.
Written September 30, 2020
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MMT
11 contributions
Sep 2019
This Tuscan town is an easy day trip via bus from Florence. The main square is so impressive and exploring the surrounding streets is delightful with their shops and eateries. Photo ops abound! We enjoyed just having a leisurely day here with no
scheduled itinerary to see specific sites. It was so relaxing. Both of our side trips to Siena and to Lucca were highlights of our vacation.
Written January 11, 2020
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AlbertSalichs
Manresa, Spain11,475 contributions
Aug 2019 • Family
Piazza del Campo is the main square of Siena, a wonderful medieval city in Tuscany Region, in the center of Italy. We came here on August 16th (2019) at morning, the day of Palio (a very well-known medieval horse racing in the square), so all square was decorated in Middle Ages-style: it was charming! and you can see some horses from different associations, really beauty. In fact, my 3 years old daughter (in August-2019) enjoyed a lot seeing how horses walking around the square (the race is at evening and we saw it in the TV). Also, in this main square you can see some wonderful buildings like Torre del Mangia (the town hall). A top place in Tuscany, in Italy, in Europe and probably on the world.
(See also Torre del Mangia, Palio di Siena and Centro Storico di Siena)
Written May 14, 2020
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RjessMMM
Vancouver, WA565 contributions
Oct 2022
When walking from our hotel to the piazza, we were so excited to just the wonderful space. Having looked at this on the internet before traveling, we wondered how the in person experience would compare. It just takes your breath away. It was quite busy at the end of October. This place during summer but be overwhelming. You can pretty much sit anywhere. You just cannot lie down. The view of the surrounding structures truly does give it an amphitheater atmosphere. The streets are like spokes to this central area and we visited this over and over. There are numerous places to eat and shop though given the rent they must pay, I would recommend getting blocks away to save money on your meals (which are going to be better) and get a better meal at that. I would just take your time walking around and sit and relax and remember why you left the monotony of our work lives to enjoy the specialness of the piazza. Enjoy.
Written November 3, 2022
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Swatar
Island of Malta, Malta689 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
If you visit Siena this is clearly the number one place to visit. This piazza has retained its identity for hundreds of years and one can sit and admire the beauty of this beautiful piazza. A must visit.
Written January 12, 2020
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CC C
Roseville, CA1 contribution
Oct 2019
We took a trip to Sienna and sat down at the Piazza Del Campo after a long day of walking and ordered drinks only. The waiter, who was 'very nice' we thought, brought us an appetizer and we told him we did not order it. He said, 'Oh no! This is on the house!" and buzzed away only to come back with two more plates of different appetizers. I told him we were no hungry but thank you and he again said, 'Enjoy!'... (which we hardly touched, but some tasted the food in respect of the gesture) ...and then we got the bill. 49.30 without tip. My jaw dropped and the young man was no where in sight. The management told us what translates to 'too bad too sad' and we were stuck with paying over and above the three 3,80 picoola's we ordered. I had thought Siena was the perfect part of the trip and then this totally made me sick. I hope they don't do this to everybody! CC
Written April 16, 2020
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Cath186534
Glasgow, UK157 contributions
Oct 2019
I took the ordinary Vaibus early morning to Siena and returned late afternoon. It was a comfortable journey and inexpensive 8.40 euros one way.
I headed for Piazza del Campo although meeting breathtaking secenery on the walk there from the bus station.
For a change Siena is hillier than Lucca or Firenze.
I stopped at Osteria Il Bigelli for a simple breakfast of coffee & croissant 6.5 euros and enjoyed the square which is so beautiful and THE place to sit and peoplewatch!
I then followed some of the suggested walks from my guidebook taking me to the Doumo - yet another beautiful structure with that very light stone. I didn't go in since I only had one day.
At lunchtime I happened upon a lovely wee ristorante: Bar San Domenico on Piazza San Domenico and had lovely gnocchi and a generous glass of prosecco some water etc for 16euros. The view from here over to the Duomo on another hill wasamazing.
After yet more wandering around I made my way back for a last peoplewatch and a cool beer at Piazza del Campo....small Peroni 6 euros at Liberamente Osteria...just a tad expensive .
My one regret about Siena....not spending more time there - it was so peaceful after spending just 2 days in Florence!
Written January 4, 2020
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Chris P
Troy442 contributions
Apr 2022
Interesting wall city. Depending on what you want to see we saw everything in a little over a hour. Like most tourist spots it had all the typical shops nothing special. We would recommend going but go early it get very busy the later in the day
Written April 15, 2022
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ECYW
Basking Ridge, NJ22 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
My family and I visited Sienna right after Christmas and we were very lucky to have incredible weather (around 50F with lots of sun). The Piazza Del Campo was the main square in Sienna and it was quite beautiful and a must visit site. Sienna is also a beautiful hill top city. Walking around Sienna really takes you back in time with the cobblestone narrow roads and some fairly steep roads so some places certainly not very handicap friendly. Overall, it was a great place to visit and we definitely recommend it!!!
Written January 1, 2020
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