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Torre del Mangia
The civic symbol of Siena, it stands out in Piazza del Campo next to the Palazzo Pubblico

 

The Torre del Mangia is the most famous symbol of Siena.

It was begun by the brothers Francesco and Muccio di Rinaldo in 1325 and completed around 1348. The tower, 87 meters high, 102 meters if you include the lightning rod. The tower is in red brick until the crown, while the upper part in travertine is the work of the Sienese sculptor Agostino di Giovanni, following the design by Lippo Memmi. In 1666, after several attempts of fusion, a large bell was put in, and the Sienese called it the “Campanone”, also called “Sunto” because it was dedicated to the Madonna dell'Assunta.

The tower is open to the public (entrance from the Cortile del Podestà) and there are more than 400 steps to climb to reach the top, from where you can admire a wonderful view of Siena and the surrounding countryside.

It owes its curious name of Torre del Mangia to the fact that the Municipality entrusted, from 1347 to 1360, the task of beating the hours to someone called Giovanni di Balduccio, nicknamed “Mangiaguadagni” (eat-the-earnings). It was later replaced by an automaton, which, in memory of his first batter, was called Mangia. The remains of this automaton are now kept inside the Cortile del Podestà.

At the base of the tower is the Cappella di Piazza (Square Chapel), built in 1352 as a thanks for the end of the terrible plague of 1348. The wrought iron gates are from the fourteenth century, just like the six statues that are in the niches of the pillars. The vault  is instead a Renaissance work (1461-68) by Antonio Federighi.

Address

Piazza del Campo, 1

I-53100 Siena (Italy)

Telephone
+39 0577 292615 - 0577 292614
Fax
+39 0577 292620
Email
Useful information

The tower is not accessible for people with disabilities.

Opening hours:

16/10 – 28/02 (Winter): weekdays and holidays 10.00am - 4.00pm (ticket office closes at 3.15pm)

01/03 – 15/10 (Summer): weekdays and holidays 10.00am – 7.00pm (ticket office closes at 6.15pm)

Christmas Day: closed

New Year’s Day: 12.00pm – 4.00pm (ticket office closes at 3.15pm)

The opening hours may have variations from 27/06 to 3/07 and from 11/08 to 17/08 due to activities related to the Palio.

Cumulative ticket (valid for 2 days):

Civic Museum + Santa Maria della Scala: € 13.00

Torre del Mangia + Civic Museum + Santa Maria della Scala: € 20.00 - Family ticket (2 adults + children over 11 years): € 40.00

For prices and additional information: see website