This is really the heart and soul of the city, where everything happened and continues to happen. The magnificent ... More
Piazza del Campo
This is really the heart and soul of the city, where everything happened and continues to happen. The magnificent architecture of the square, architecture that has been decorated and modified, but never altered in nature over the centuries, has grown from humble beginnings. The nine stone bands in the square commemorate the successful government dei Nove (Nine). Twice a year, the outer section of the square is covered with earth so the Palio , a bareback horse race, can be run.
The history of Siena has been made on the Piazza del Campo, or better, 'il Campo', as the Sienese call it. Here the Sienese organised their spectacular and terrible 'games', later replaced by the Palio, where they celebrated and played games of risk (il Campo was the only place where the games were allowed). The market also used to take place here. Il Campo has witnessed the passage of memorable characters in the history of Siena: Santa Caterina, the mystic saint deeply linked to the image of Siena, and also artists such as Simone Martini or Jacopo della Quercia.
The atmosphere of the piazza is contagious. Everything was so open and friendly. The restaurants were wonderful and the cappacino especially good. I became an addict while in Italy. I am so looking forward to returning to this beautiful old place.
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