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Piazza del Campo

Piazza del Campo

Piazza Il Campo, 1, Siena, Tuscany, 53100

The Basics

The 14th-century Piazza del Campo is the heart of Siena’s historic center, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In addition to the medieval town hall and bell tower, the square is home to the Fonte Gaia, a 15th-century white-marble fountain that is both a focal point and meeting place at the top end of the piazza. The square is ringed by late Gothic buildings and palaces, once residences of the most powerful families in Siena and now filled with bustling restaurants and cafés.

Appreciate the beauty and history of Piazza del Campo by joining a walking or Segway tour of Siena’s historic center. Many small-group and private tours also include skip-the-line access to Siena’s cathedral (Duomo), a masterpiece of Gothic architecture and one of the city’s most impressive sights. Siena is a popular day trip from Florence and Rome, and many tours also include stops in Pisa or San Gimignano.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Siena

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Lovely experience
Felicity_S, Apr 2022
Florence Day Trip: Pisa, San Gimignano, and Siena with Lunch in Piazza del Campo
Our tour guide Luca was knowledgeable. He did walk a bit fast for some older people and did not guide us on where was the lunch stop and the menu etc. The driver drove really well albeit he was not the friendliest. We felt safe with his driving. The day was also exceptionally long and might be too long but was thoroughly enjoyed.
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The Perfect Tour
OmarC, Feb 2022
Florence Day Trip: Pisa, San Gimignano, and Siena with Lunch in Piazza del Campo
Our tour guide very knowledgeable regarding history and current events. We got to completely experience Italy without any rush.
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Wonderful day!
Jill_W, Jan 2022
Florence Day Trip: Pisa, San Gimignano, and Siena with Lunch in Piazza del Campo
Luca was a great guide! Very very personable and knowledgeable. Unfortunately the stop for lunch was not good! Highly recommend a gelato stop in San G. Overall, a LONGGG day but well Worth the time.
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Wonderful tour with a wonderful staff
Darin_L, Dec 2021
Florence Day Trip: Pisa, San Gimignano, and Siena with Lunch in Piazza del Campo
The whole tour was amazing. Wonderful sights and wonderful staff. Special thanks to Lucas who went above and beyond to help us get back to our hotel. We felt the tour had the right amount of details and free time. We never felt rushed and enjoyed all three locations. Getting between the different stops was also an incredible chance to see the Tuscany countryside. Great tour with a friendly and accomodating team. Highly recommend.
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Fantastic
digiuseppis, Jan 2020
Florence Day Trip: Pisa, San Gimignano, and Siena with Lunch in Piazza del Campo
Our tour guide Paula was absolutely amazing. She was so passionate about the towns we visited during our trip and made us all feel like family. The trip itself was well planned and captures 3 amazing cities in 1 full day. The bus was clean and comfortable and Paula made us all feel welcomed was extremely knowledgeable about the cities and their history. I highly recommend this trip if you are in Florence and was to capture some of Tuscanys beautiful towns.
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Fun informative beautiful day!!
Michael C, Sep 2019
Florence Day Trip: Pisa, San Gimignano, and Siena with Lunch in Piazza del Campo
The guide Rosa was informative and fun!! The bus was comfortable and clean, lunch was very tasty!! All three cities we visited were, super cool, and picturesque!
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Excellent
Aysha_M, Dec 2021
Florence Day Trip: Pisa, San Gimignano, and Siena with Lunch in Piazza del Campo
I would like to thank Viatour for a wonderful tour to Siena Pisa, and San gimignano yesterday Dec 25 from Florence with Luca This is a note of compliment for Luca. He was excellent, very helpful, full of good knowledge, kept us entertained and helped every step of the way . He gave enough time at each location , he explained if we asked questions and made the tour super fun. He was super accommodating and made sure we were all comfortable and enjoying ourselves I will choose my tour In Italy again when I come back , and ask for Luca especially! Thank you again ! We loved it Aysha Mahmood
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Explore beautiful Tuscany
Erin_P, Nov 2021
Florence Day Trip: Pisa, San Gimignano, and Siena with Lunch in Piazza del Campo
I highly recommend this tour, it was a notable experience. Our your guide was knowledgeable, the destinations were beautiful and captivating. Our tour group was fun, so nice to meet people who share a joy of exploring. It is a great way to explore Tuscany and a good value for all that is packed into this tour.
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Had a great trip. Once in...
Jaliya_G, Nov 2021
Florence Day Trip: Pisa, San Gimignano, and Siena with Lunch in Piazza del Campo
Had a great trip. Once in life time experience. Raphael the tour guide was exceptional. Had great knowledge and explains in details. Very supportive. Did have sufficient time in Pisa. Allocated only 1 hour. Would have already have 2 hours.
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Enjoyable full day trip to Tuscany
Benjamin_M, Oct 2021
Florence Day Trip: Pisa, San Gimignano, and Siena with Lunch in Piazza del Campo
Really enjoyed this day trip to Tuscany! Okay he stops in Pisa and San Gimignano were the best by far. Lunch was excellent as well! I felt like the time in Siena was too long, as we were all tired from the long day of touring.
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Fantastic Tour
Edward_S, Oct 2021
Florence Day Trip: Pisa, San Gimignano, and Siena with Lunch in Piazza del Campo
We had a memorable tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable. He took the time to ensure that each person on the tour had a good experience. Being to actually see cities that existed during medieval times was so fascinating! The wine tasting was fantastic! Will recommend this tour to our friends visiting Italy. Thanks.
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Tuscan tour
Kyleigh_N, Oct 2021
Florence Day Trip: Pisa, San Gimignano, and Siena with Lunch in Piazza del Campo
We had a great time on this tour! Our tour guide gave us information on Pisa and San Gimignano on the bus and then we had free time to wander around each town. In Siena, she gave us a 40 minute tour before we had an hour to explore. Lunch was hearty and delicious at the winery; I especially liked the sparkling wine! If you are looking for freedom in exploring with a bit of information, this is the tour for you!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Piazza del Campo is one of the most striking squares in Tuscany and makes for memorable photos, so be sure to bring your camera.

  • The square is accessible to wheelchair users, but has a slight slope down towards the Palazzo del Pubblico.

  • Kids love to play in the traffic-free square, though the fountain is closed off with protective fencing.

  • There are a number of cafés and restaurants along the perimeter of the square, perfect for a snack or meal with a view.

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How to Get There

Piazza del Campo is in the very center of Siena’s old town, and you can walk or take a city bus to the square from the train station. The most convenient way to visit, however, is with a small-group or private tour that includes transportation so you can also explore nearby Tuscan villages.

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When to Get There

Home to one of the most famous and popular medieval festivals in Italy, Piazza del Campo is off limits to anyone who hasn’t come specifically to see the biannual Palio, held in July and August. The square offers little shade so is best explored in early morning or late afternoon in summer, or in spring or fall when the temperatures are milder.

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Siena’s Palio Festivities

Piazza del Campo is one of the most recognized public squares in Italy thanks to the popular Palio di Siena, the historical festival held there each year on one day in July and one day in August. Festivities focus around a bareback horse race among 10 horses and riders representing 10 of the 17contrade, or historical town districts. The horses race along a track encircling the square surrounded by screaming crowds, and the celebrations also include religious services, pageants, and banquets.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Piazza del Campo?
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What else should I know about attractions in Siena?
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As well as visiting the Piazza del Campo, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: