Found project: Piazza del Campo


    Project : Piazza del Campo

    Architect : n/a

    Locality : Siena

    Country : Italy

    Building style : Gothic

    Description :

    “Italy’s loveliest piazza occupies the site of the old Roman forum, and for much of Siena’s early history was the city’s principal marketplace. It began to assume its present shape in 1293, when the Council of Nine, Siena’s ruling body at the time, began to acquire land with a view to creating a grand civic piazza. The red brick paving was begun in 1327 and completed in 1349, its distinctive nine segments designed to reflect the authority of the Council of Nine and to symbolize the protective folds of the Madonna’s cloak. The piazza has been the focus of city life ever since, a setting for executions, bullfights and the twice-yearly drama of the Palio.”

    “The Palio is Tuscany’s most celebrated festival and it occurs in the Campo each year on 2 July and 16 August at 7pm. It is a bareback horse race first recorded in 1283, but it may have had its origins in Roman military training. The jockeys represent ten of Siena’s 17 contrade (districts); the horses are chosen by the drawing of lots and are blessed at the local contrada churches. Preceded by days of colourful pageantry, costume processions and heavy betting, the races themselves last only 90 seconds each.”

    Eyewitness Travel – Italy, DK, 2006, pp. 339, 341.

    Ed. Katriina Puputti



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