'Siena's Pride', Italy, Siena, Piazza del Campo
Below is an excerpt from my travel blog. Cheers.
I climbed the Torre del Mangia's tower in the Piazza del Campo in Siena before leaving in the morning a few days ago. You can't help but notice the stark castle-like shadow that is cast from the fortress and makes for an interesting photo. The history of Siena and Florence (its neighboring city/state to the north) is extremely interesting. As these two large medieval urban centers' economies and militaries grew enormously during the 13th through 15th centuries, the two powers inevitably met many times on the battlefield. Florence eventually gained the upper hand and the city/state of Siena was eventually incorporated into the Florence administration and jurisdiction. Evidence of these two powers and their struggle is evident in the architecture and arts throughout the city.