Siena Il Campo Palazzo Publico

Siena’s Il Campo makes a magnificent central square with its radiating shell shape.

Siena Panorama

The cathedral dominates the skyline though the semi-circular streets make for a complicated passage to the city centre.

Along with its magnificent cathedral and marble inlaid floor, Siena’s Il Campo is a stirring, vibrant central square enticingly shaped like a scallop shell. The summer heat pushes groups to the shaded edges, the shadows of the dominant Palazzo Publico and 100 metre bell tower (Torre del Mangia) offering welcome relief. Il Campo is the location of the famed and wild Il Palio horse race (conducted twice a year since medieval times) in honour of the Virgin Mary.

I love the way the piazza is used like a park’s lawn, people sitting in small groups on the pastel pink paving to enjoy a chat, a bite to eat or to soak up the rich history of Siena.

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My name is Mark and I’m a keen traveller. In fact, over the last 25 years, I’ve travelled to every continent and over 80 countries. This blog is about the most memorable destinations – the places I regard as the travel wonders of the world. I’m also a keen photographer, and have taken nearly all the photos you’ll see. During my travels, I’ve met some incredible people, seen inspiring places, viewed extraordinary wildlife and scenery and had some amazing experiences, and I’m writing these stories not only to entertain but primarily to inspire others to discover their own travel wonders.
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