Siena – La torre del Mangia – The Mangia Tower

Siena - Torre del mangia

An architectural miracle of lightness and style. In piazza del Campo, to the left of the Palazzo Pubblico, soars the Torre del Mangia, the tallest in Tuscany and the second tallest in Italy. The tower, which was built according to a design attributed to Lippo Memmi between 1338 and 1348 by Muccio and Francesco Di Rinaldo from Perugia, is made of bricks and features coping made of stone and a belfry. 400 steps lead to the 88-metre-high top, which offers a thrilling view of Siena and its surroundings, all the way down to the Maremma. The tower owes its curious name to its first bell-ringer, Giovanni di Duccio, who was put in charge of marking the hours in 1347. Di Duccio was a food-lover who spent most of his income in the pleasures of the table, so much so that he was nicknamed ‘Mangia-guadagni’ (Earnings-eater). The irony of the story is that while the powerful spent their time weaving secret plots, the ‘Mangia’ sat quietly in one of the square’s inns, quietly eating traditional dishes while looking at the tower which would always bear his name.

Opening times:
From October 16 to February 28 (winter): weekdays and holidays from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm (ticket office closes at 3.15 pm)

From March 1 to October 15 (summer): weekdays and holidays from 10.00 am to 7.00 pm (ticket office closes at 6.15 pm)

Christmas: Tower closed

January 1: 12.00 am to 4:00 pm (ticket office closes at 3.15)

These opening times may have variations from June 27 to July 3 and from August 11 to August 17 for activities related to the two Palios.

Ticket: Euro 8,00
Combined ticket “Museo Civico and Torre del Mangia”: Euro 13.00 (sold only at the ticket office of the Torre del Mangia).

Free admission: 1 person for every 15 people and children up to 6 years.

Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets for Torre del Mangia cannot be booked in advance and must be purchased directly at the ticket

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