13th-century Palazzo Communale was built as Piazza del Campo’s centerpiece. Its concave façade mirrors the piazza’s opposing convex curve.
The structure was built to house the government. Today, the council still offices in the upper levels, but the main rooms house the Museo Civico.
The marble chapel at the base of the tower, the Cappella di Piazza, was built to give thanks for the passing of the devastating 14th-century plague.
The attached 97-meter Torre del Mangia was constructed in the 12th century, at which time it was the tallest nonsectarian towers in Italy. The bell was rung at the opening of the city gates at dawn, the lunch break, the end of the work day and the closing of the city gates at night. Tweet