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Postcards from Tuscany
Siena - Piazza del Campo
Tuscany - Siena (Piazza del Campo)
Italy's loveliest square, Piazza del Campo is the heart of the town and it is unique in the world for its shape. Built at the confluence of the tree hills on which the town rises, Piazza del Campo began to assume its present shape of a shell in 1293 under the Council of Nine, Siena's ruling body. The beautiful redbrick paving was began 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. Cafes, restaurants, and fine medieval palazzi now line the square, dominated by Palazzo Publico (1297) and Torre del Mangia (1348).