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Other than its individual art monuments, Siena also owes its atmosphere to the togetherness of the City’s town layout: small, winding streets, which ascend and descend to the levels on which the City is positioned; there are glimpses and views of absolute fascination, between the medieval houses, the little square and courtyards; the City’s culture also creates a particular atmosphere: in summer for example, you can usually hear outdoor music concerts, which are held in the courtyards of the students from the Chigiana Academy, a worldwide, famous music institution.

Piazza del Campo is one of the most beautiful medieval squares. It has a strange shape, almost shell like and is surrounded by old mansions, partly crenellated or adorned with towers. The Public Building is a construction which dominates the Square, and is the most beautiful civil building in Tuscany, dating back to 1297/1342, and contains the superb cycle of frescoes by Simone Martini (The Maestà and the Guidoriccio da Fogliano, both in the Sala del Mappamondo, and dating back to 1315/28) and by Ambrogio Lorenzetti (Allegorie ed Effetti del Buono e del Cattivo Governo (Allegories and Effects of a Good and Bad Government) from 1338/40, preserved in the Sala dei Nove or of the Peace). The exterior of the Public Building is also characterized by the Towers of Mangia from 1348, 102 metres in height, with the Chapel of the Square, at its base; a 14th Century loggia.

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