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"The Campanile" Duomo - Campanile - Bell Tower Tip by JoostvandenVondel

Duomo - Campanile - Bell Tower, Siena: 7 reviews and 15 photos

  Campanile, framed by an arch of the Facciatone
by JoostvandenVondel
  • Campanile, framed by an arch of the Facciatone - Siena
      Campanile, framed by an arch of the Facciatone
    by JoostvandenVondel
  • View of Campanile and Duomo - Siena
      View of Campanile and Duomo
    by JoostvandenVondel

When compared to the bell-tower of Florence, Siena's 'campanile' seems somewhat more discreet in its stature. In fact, my preliminary research does not reveal much about this structure, but I still believe it is a very interesting component of the Duomo, and feel it should have it's own page.

The exterior of the campanile is the recognisable Sienese black and white marble motif. Although dating from 1313, it was built in the Romanesque style meaning the emphasis is more on a simple, mural structure rather than the flamboyancy found on the facade of the cathedral. The simpleness of its linearity however, is no less striking and it's noteworthy to say that with each ascending floor, the number of windows also increase. It is crowned with a pyramid shaped roof.

Unfortunately the campanile can only be seen from the exterior as the cathedral does not allow tours of the interior. Nonetheless, there is lots to admire from the ground up!

Address: Piazza del Duomo
Directions: Central

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Aug 20, 2009
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