Torre del Mangia
Il Campo, 1, 53100 Siena SI, Italy
Dominating Piazza del Campo, the Torre del Mangia stands tall, one of the most famous in Tuscany and, with its 87 metres in height (102 if you include the lightening rod), the third tallest historic tower in Italy.
It’s the civic tower for the Palazzo Pubblico, the city’s town hall, and its height was meant to symbolize the free communes and the liberation from feudal power.
Situated in Piazza del Campo, also known as the symbol of Siena, the tower was built between 1338 and 1348, constructed in brick with a stone cornice and belfry, boasting a light and elegant structure that takes its name from its first bell ringer. Giovanni di Balduccio was famous because he wasted his money, especially on good food, and was nicknamed Mangiaguadagni, literally Earnings Eater, abbreviated to 'Mangia': his role didn’t last long because in 1360, the first mechanic clock was installed, but the nickname was forever associated with the tower.