14th-century hilly Piazza del Campo is the heart of the city and the former site of a Roman marketplace. It is divided into nine sections, which represents the number of ruling council members in the Consiglio dei Nove (Council of Nine), an elected executive committee dominated by the mercantile class.
15th-century Fonte Gaia, or Happy Fountain, sits at the highest point. The Virgin is at the center, flanked by the Virtues. The panels are 19th-century reproductions. Tweet