The Campo is dominated by the red Palazzo Pubblico and its tower, Torre del Mangia. Along with the Duomo of Siena, the Palazzo Pubblico was also built during the same period of rule by the Council of Nine. The civic palace, built between 1297 and 1310, still houses the city’s municipal offices much like Palazzo Vecchio in Florence.
Its internal courtyard has entrances to the Torre del Mangia and to the Civic Museum. If you feel energetic, a climb up of over 500 steps will reward you with a wonderful view of Siena and its surroundings. The Museum, on the other hand offers some of the greatest of Sienese paintings. The Sala del Concistoro houses one of Domenico Beccafumi’s best works, ceiling frescoes of allegories on the virtues of Siena’s medieval government.