The fan-shaped Piazza del Campo, known simply as il Campo (The Field), is one of the finest squares in Italy. Constructed toward the end of the 12th century on a market area unclaimed by any contrada, it's still the heart of town. The bricks of the Campo are patterned in nine different sections—representing each member of the medieval Government of Nine. At the top of the Campo is a copy of the early 15th-century Fonte Gaia by Siena's greatest sculptor, Jacopo
della Quercia. The 13 sculpted reliefs of biblical events and virtues that line the fountain are 19th-century copies; the originals are in the museum of the Spedale di Santa Maria della Scala. On Palio horse-race days (July 2 and August 16), the Campo and all its surrounding buildings are packed with cheering, frenzied locals and tourists craning their necks to take it all in.
Piazza del Campo, Siena, 53100, Italy
Apr 13, 2004
Siena was wonderful...from the Piazza del Campo to its magnificent Duomo. Wandering its streets and alleys was a mystical experience, one our 7 year old loved and got his imagination going thinking about centuries past. Bring a comfortable pair of shoes and lots of water!