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Piazza del Campo
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

star-5
Amazing way to see Tuscany in 1 day.
Michelle_S, Jun 2022
Florence Day Trip: Pisa, San Gimignano, and Siena with Lunch
Great time, excellent stops with plenty of free time to explore. Recommended guided tour in Siena. Great day. We also got very lucky and had a great group of fellow tourists with us which made the day even better!
star-4
Good value for quick drive by
Michele_A, Jun 2022
Florence Day Trip: Pisa, San Gimignano, and Siena with Lunch
It was a packed day. We kept a very tight schedule. The towns were absolutely beautiful. However, by the time you exit the bus and walk to the destination. You only have time for a quick look. For example, in San Giagmano and Pisa we had less than 40 minutes. If you are over 60 and not in great shape you may want to skip the trip. Very hectic, lots of steps, and fast walking tour guide. In Pisa we had time to find a bathroom and return to the bus.
star-5
Best Day Trip on Italy
RENZ_N, May 2022
Florence Day Trip: Pisa, San Gimignano, and Siena with Lunch
The tour was so perfect, we had a nice weather, nice driver, comfortable couch and suoer lovely tour guide named Erica. This day trip ia highly recommended and definitely not miss when visiting Italy.
star-5
10/10 Amazing
Adam, May 2022
Florence Day Trip: Pisa, San Gimignano, and Siena with Lunch
What an amazing trip, the amount you get to see and do is incredible. I can’t recommend this highly enough. Vincenzo was great and made a massive effort to explain the beauty that is Tuscany!
star-5
Wonderful Experience!
Greg_H, May 2022
Florence Day Trip: Pisa, San Gimignano, and Siena with Lunch
The experience was wonderful! Paola Gatti, our guide, was full of facts and information along with being so very caring and nice to everyone. She's a top-notch guide! Paola speaks four languages (English, Spanish, German, and of course Italian) and accommodated everyone with explanations and information in their language. While it's a long day, a lot of walking, and a good bit of riding on the bus, we had a tremendous time, met some great people, and enjoyed ourselves immensely.
star-5
Lovely experience
Felicity_S, Apr 2022
Florence Day Trip: Pisa, San Gimignano, and Siena with Lunch
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.
star-5
The Perfect Tour
OmarC, Feb 2022
Florence Day Trip: Pisa, San Gimignano, and Siena with Lunch
Our tour guide very knowledgeable regarding history and current events. We got to completely experience Italy without any rush.
star-4
Wonderful day!
Jill_W, Jan 2022
Florence Day Trip: Pisa, San Gimignano, and Siena with Lunch
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.
star-5
Fantastic
digiuseppis, Jan 2020
Florence Day Trip: Pisa, San Gimignano, and Siena with Lunch
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.
star-5
Fun informative beautiful day!!
Michael C, Sep 2019
Florence Day Trip: Pisa, San Gimignano, and Siena with Lunch
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!
star-5
A great tour. You will be happy.
BruceMcFaul, May 2022
Florence Day Trip: Pisa, San Gimignano, and Siena with Lunch
What a great day trip. The most time is spent in Siena which was a good idea. Lots of history. Horses is the theme there. Take the tour to find out why. After a few hours you have lunch in Piazza il Compo... Il Bandiero. Enjoyable and lots of conversations. Next stop, Wine tasting at Poggio Ali lahsi. Fantastic review of the wines, Balsomic and olive oils. Well worth it. Then the best gelato in the world at San Gimignano. End with the leaning tower of Pisa. Great ending with no worries about seeing the actual city. You're missing nothing. Iulua was our tour guide and was very knowledgeable and accommodating. Money well spent.
star-5
Wonderful tour with a wonderful staff
Darin_L, Dec 2021
Florence Day Trip: Pisa, San Gimignano, and Siena with Lunch
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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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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