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Review of Torre del Mangia

Torre del Mangia
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Classic Siena Walking Tour
Ranked #10 of 154 things to do in Siena
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Owner description: 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..
Reviewed April 12, 2013

For 8 Euros we got to climb 400 steps to the top of this 800 year old bell tower. It is worth it for the views and is more fun than doing the same climbing on a Stairmaster in the gym! I was able to take some beautiful photos, which have added to the already beautiful memories of this city. Having descended back down to the Piazza del Campo, I treated myself to a well deserved beer in one of the cafes. A great way to spend the afternoon. I do not recommend if you are unfit, scared of heights or particularly obese as you will not make it up the long, narrow stairs!

Thank Justine S
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Reviewed April 11, 2013

This is a very good piece of architecture located on the Piazza Del Campo. You definitely can't miss it when entering the piazza. The following was taken from an external source.

Built in 1338-1348, it is located in the Piazza del Campo, Siena's premier square, adjacent to the Palazzo Pubblico (Town Hall). When built it was one of the tallest secular towers in mediaeval Italy. It is third tallest after Cremona's Torrazzo and the Asinelli tower in Bologna.

The name (meaning "Tower of the Eater") derives from its first guardian, Giovanni di Balduccio, nicknamed Mangiaguadagni for his tendency to spend all his money on food.

The upper part was realized by Agostino di Giovanni under design by one Mastro Lippo pittore, probably identifiable with Lippo Memmi.

The marble loggia, known as Cappella di Piazza, was added in 1352 as a vow for the Holy Virgin by the Sienese survivors from the Black Death. The pilaster were remade in the current form in 1378, the sculptures decorating them being executed in 1378-1382 by Mariano d'Angelo Romanelli e Bartolomeo di Tommé. The simple wooden ceiling once covering the loggia was replaced by the current Renaissance marble vault in 1461-1468 by Antonio Federighi, also author of the bizarre decorations of the coronation. In 1537-1539 Il Sodoma painted a fresco over the altar, now housed in the Town museum in the Palazzo Pubblico.

The clock was added in 1360.

The tower is visible from all parts of Siena and is adjacent to the Gothic Palazzo Pubblico.

The tower was built to be exactly the same height as the Duomo di Siena as a sign that the church and the state had equal amounts of power.

The walls of the tower are approximately 3 m thick on each side.

Thank Robert R
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Reviewed March 17, 2013

Definitely worth the climb for the view across Tuscany and Siena. We visited in March and not the height of the tourist season. As there is only one way up and down it might be a more difficult experience.

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Reviewed February 20, 2013

Loved this attraction - do it as your first thing in Siena, get to see a great perspective on the town. Well worth the climb up to the top of the bell tower. Went up the towers in Pisa and Florence and this one in Siena is equally worth the visit.

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Reviewed February 20, 2013

Lots of stairs but the climb pays off: spectacular view onto Piazza del Campo where you can have a wonderful view of the shell-shaped piazza below.

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