Landmarks in Siena - IQCruising.com

Landmarks - Siena

Major
Landmarks

Monuments, Squares and Streets

Overview

The cruise ship traveler on an excursion to Siena will be guided through a few landmarks with the Piazza del Campo as the main highlight. Time will not allow for the tour to stop on all major landmarks or even to have these pointed out. However, if the cruise traveler decides to explore Siena independently, or on your own, you will be able to enjoy many of the Siena's landmarks such as the Torre del Mangia, Fonte Gaia, Piazza Salimbeni, Loggia dei Mercanzia, Palazzo Chigi-Saracini or Palazzo Tolomei.

Piazza del Campo
(Major Square)

Editor Points: The Piazza del Campo is such a popular spot for both tourists and locals that it is often referred to simply as “il Campo.” It is a huge sloping square that was originally 13th century marketplace, and is still the center of Sienese economic, social, and cultural events. Perhaps the most well-known event held in il Campo is the Palio horse races put on twice a year. During the races, the piazza is crammed with crowds eager to get a glimpse of the horses as they round its outer edge. Even on a normal day, the piazza is filled with people out for a stroll, sightseeing, or enjoying lunch at one of the many restaurants. At night, Il Campo is a popular place for Siena’s students to hang out on the benches dotting the square. The major attractions in and around il Campo are the Palazzo Publico, Torre del Mangia, and the Fonte Gaia.

Photo of Piazza Del Campo in Siena

Siena - Piazza Del Campo

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Palazzo Communale/Publico
(Town Hall - Museum)

Photo of Piazza Del Campo in Siena

Siena - Piazza Del Campo

Photo by Jorge Royan CC-by-SA

Editor Points: The Palazzo Communale, or Palazzo Publico, is located at the bottom of the Piazza del Campo where it has stood since 1250. The Palazzo has been the seat of Siena’s Municipality since its construction. Today the building also houses the Museo Civico, which houses a wonderful collection of colorful frescos throughout a series of hallways and rooms. Simply strolling around the Palazzo Communale’s ground floor courtyard is free, but visitors must buy a ticket to view the museum and the Torre del Mangia.

Torre del Mangia: The most famous (and photographed) tower in Siena, 330 feet high dominated the Piazza del Campo. The city’s municipality commissioned Francesco and Muccio di Rinaldo to design the tower and Mastro Agostino di Giovanni to build the tower in 1325. It was completed in 1348 right before the plague swept through the city. The Torre del Mangia is the tallest tower in Siena and the second tallest in Tuscany. Visitors can buy at ticket in the Palazzo Publico to climb to the top for a stunning view of the city.

Piazza and Palazzo Salimbeni
(Renaissance Revival)

Editor Points: The Piazza Salimbeni was not much to behold until 150 years ago when Giuseppe Partini completely redesigned it in the Renaissance fashion with a monument to Sallustio Bandini standing in its center. Bordering the piazza on one side is a 14th century Gothic Palazzo Salimbeni, which houses the Monte dei Paschi di Siena – one of Italy’s oldest banks.

Photo of Palazzo Salimbeni in Siena

Siena - Palazzo Salimbeni

Photo by Sailko CC-by-SA

Palazzo Tolomei
(Siena Old Palace)

Editor Points: Built in 1205, the Palazzo Tolomei is one of Siena’s oldest palaces. The palace was rebuilt in 1267 after a large fire. It was owned by the Clique of the Tolomei, which was a power Sienese family that rivaled the Salimbeni family. Interestingly, both families had their palaces not far from each other, on Via Banchi di Sopra, on what are now the Piazza Tolomei and Piazza Salimbeni. Facing the Palazzo Tolomei, the Chiesa di San Cristoforo (Church of St. Christopher) is a site not to be missed.

Photo of Palazzo Tolomei in Siena

Palazzo Tolomei

Photo by Hermann Junghans CC-by-SA

Palazzo Chigi-Saracini
(Musical Palace)

Editor Points: The Palazzo Chigi-Saracini was built for the Marescotti family in the 12th century and used as the seat of Siena’s Municipality until the Palazzo Pubblico was built. The Piccolomini-Mandoli family bought it in the 16th century before it was passed to the Saracini family in 1770 and inherited by the Chigi family in 1877. It has housed the Accademia Musicale Chigiana since 1930.

Photo of Palazzo Chigi Saracini in Siena

Siena - Palazzo Chigi Saracini

Photo by Steph Rocket CC-by-SA

Loggia dei Mercanzia

Editor Points: The Loggia dei Mercanzia is located near the Croce del Travaglio that was once the seat of the commercial court and now the home of the Circle of America. The bottom part of the structure was built in 1428 and the tabernacle was added in 1765.

Photo of Loggia Mercanzia in Siena

Loggia Mercanzia

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Fontebranda
(Oldest Fountain)

Editor Points: Fontebranda is Siena’s oldest and most famous fountain. Not only is it mentioned in the 30th canto of Dante’s Inferno, it has provided enough water over the centuries to quench the Sienese people’s thirst and support numerous mill operations.

Photo of	Fonte Branda in Siena

Siena - Fonte Branda

Photo by Markus Mark CC-by-SA

Orto Botanico
(Botanical Garden)

Editor Points: The Orto Botanico is a large botanical garden maintained by the University of Siena. It started out as the university’s medicinal herb garden in 1588, but became a collection of exotic plants in 1759. By 1784, the garden grew to over 1,000 plants representing about 900 species. Today the Orto Botanico features both plants found in Tuscany and those that are exotic to the region.

Fortezza Medicea

Editor Points: The well-maintained fortress dates back to the mid-16th century and rests on top of a grassy hill on the northwest which affords visitors a wonderful view of the city. Aside from the large grassy area on the interior of the fort, the Enoteca Italian is home to over 1,500 bottles of wine that can be sampled in its tasting room. The Enoteca shares space in the Fortress with the Siena Jazz School.

Landmarks Photos

Photo of Fonte Gaia in Siena

Photo: Markus Mark CC-by-SA

Fonte Gaia
on Piazza del Campo


Photo of Torre del Mangia in Siena

Photo: Eckhard Henkel CC-by-SA

Torre del Mangia
on Piazza del Campo


Photo of Piazza del Campo in Siena

Photo: Jorge Royan CC-by-SA

Arch - Entrance
Piazza del Campo


Photo of NAME in Siena

Photo: Markus Mark CC-by-SA

Palazzo Medici
Piazza Duomo


Photo of Piazza del Campo in Siena

Photo: Mark Sehnert CC-by-SA

View from Torre del Mangia
Piazza del Campo


Photo of horse race in Siena

Photo: Roberto Vicario CC-by-SA

Palio - Horse Racing
Piazza del Campo


Photo of column with sculpture in Siena

Photo: Chenspec CC-by-SA

Romulus and Remus
Outside Duomo


Photo of wooden door in Siena

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Wooden Door
Siena Street


Photo of Piazza del Campo in Siena

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Piazza del Campo
South corner


Photo of Piazza Salimbeni in Siena

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Piazza Salimbeni
Excursion Stop


Photo of street in Siena

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Touring the Old City
on the way to Piazza del Campo


Photo of Torre del Mangia in Siena

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Torre del Mangia
View from Arch Entrance


Photo of Fonte Gaia in Siena

Photo: Markus Mark CC-by-SA

Fonte Gaia
view from Torre del Magia

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Last Update: February 16, 2016

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