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.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • travel_in_fours
    Emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates1,282 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 Kingdom123 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
  • LostInTime
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania21,346 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Old square
    This is the main square of the town. It has old buildings, a giant tower, and a lot of space. Horse races are held here in the summer which it seems like is a huge event. The square is pretty cool to see as it probably hasn’t changed much in centuries.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled on business
    Written February 24, 2024
  • Xamot Tomax
    Fort Wayne, Indiana7,089 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Area untouched by time
    This is the main square of Siena. It wasn’t as crowded as I thought it would be. Granted, I unfortunately wasn’t there during their famous horse racing. I could’ve spent all day there just looking at all the old architecture and tall tower. I bought some gelato at a nearby cafe, had a seat, and was fortunate to spot a wedding. I couldn’t even imagine the price tag of the wedding being held there. This is a must see for anyone visiting the city.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written April 11, 2024
  • TomAndBeth2017
    Cambridge, United Kingdom155 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pasta & Palazzo
    Beautiful large Palazzo. We sat and had a meal as we watched the world go by. Not a lot more to it after you’ve had a walk around it - didn’t do the museum. Still busy at the end of April. Make sure to take in some of the more interesting architecture around the city when visiting.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written May 1, 2024
  • IanC54
    Axbridge, United Kingdom251 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Preparing for the Palio
    Fabulous centre piece of Siena. When we visited it was being readied for the July Palo so there was a real feel on the forthcoming historical centre piece of Sienese life. The rolling nature of the race course, the tightness of the bends, the atmosphere of 70,000 people crammed into that colourful arena could all be imagined. Great visit.
    Visited July 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 7, 2024
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AlbertSalichs
Manresa, Spain22,077 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, WA562 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, Malta749 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
1.0 of 5 bubbles
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, UK155 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
Troy436 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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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IanC54
Axbridge, UK251 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Couples
Fabulous centre piece of Siena. When we visited it was being readied for the July Palo so there was a real feel on the forthcoming historical centre piece of Sienese life. The rolling nature of the race course, the tightness of the bends, the atmosphere of 70,000 people crammed into that colourful arena could all be imagined. Great visit.
Written July 7, 2024
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ECYW
Basking Ridge, NJ25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Victorianlad
Melbourne, Australia17,460 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
The Torre de Mangia dominates this nine-part, extremely large piazza.

It was very historic and not especially crowded byt my view was tempered a bit by the expensive, overrated meal we had at one of the restaurants. However as someone else pointed out, operating costs including the leasehold must be far from cheap for the business.

There is no seating in the centre of the 'square' as I assume installing some would be at odds with history.
Written February 4, 2023
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FLnurseER
Boca Raton, FL5,621 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
A huge circular square with sloping sides is an amazing bustle of activity that’s so interesting to watch from any of the many restaurants located on it’s periphery. We sat in a very nice pizzeria and enjoyed a delicious Aperol and a cold beer while watching preparations for a bicycle event, the Gran Fondo Strade Bianche. Perhaps because of this special event, there were crowds of people everywhere.
Written September 25, 2021
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