Piazza del Campo

Top choice square in Siena

Popularly known as 'Il Campo', this sloping piazza has been Siena's civic and social centre since being staked out by the ruling Consiglio dei Nove (Council of Nine) in the mid-12th century. Built on the site of a Roman marketplace, its paving is divided into nine sectors representing the number of members of the consiglio and these days acts as a carpet on which young locals meet and relax. The cafes around its perimeter are the most popular coffee and aperitivi (pre-dinner drinks) spots in town.

The Fonte Gaia is located in the upper part of the square.