Vintage Italian Postcards

Monday, February 27, 2006

Piazza del Campo- Siena

In the heart of Siena is the Piazza del Campo, one of the architectural high points in Tuscany and home to Il Palio, Siena’s famous horse race, which takes place twice a year.

The Piazza del Campo, as it is now, dates back as far as 1340, when it was designated as the civic centre for Siena and designed in its famous “clm shll” formation in hounourof the Council of Nine – the political rulesrs of the city during the 14th century. The fountain, Fonte Gaia, in the upper part of the square, was commisioned to Jacopo dela Quercia, who orked on it from 1408 until 1419, though the original is in a rather poor state and now rests in the Complesso Museale di Santa Maria della Scala in the piazza del Duomo (what stands in its place is a copy, created in 1868).
Of course, the gratest attraction to grace the Campo each year is Il Palio, the horse race, now split across two dates, where representatives of the 17 districts (contrade) of Siena compete for sacred honour!
In the web site you can find more 50 cards about Siena and about Il Palio....everyday we scann more cards to add to our collection!