your bearings by beginning your visit at the very
nerve center of Siena, the Piazza del Campo,
the unique and expansive shell-shaped public square.
Here is where visitors and local Sienese come to
cool their heels near the public fountain or to
just gaze at the ancient medieval and Renaissance
architecture that surrounds them.
Around the piazza's perimeter is where the world
famous Palio horse race takes place twice
yearly, in summer.
only a short distance by foot to the rest of Siena's
other main attractions including the Palazzo
Pubblico where Siena's City Hall has stood for
almost eight centuries and today houses famous frescoes
and artwork. While here, also don't miss the trip
up to the top of the Torre di Mangia (Mangia Tower)
for stunning views of Siena and the surrounding
course, no visit to Siena would be complete without
a pilgrimage to the city's wild and tempestuous
Gothic Duomo, right next door to the city's
main museum, the Opera del Duomo.
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