Siena was once Florence's rival and equal. After
Florence won the war in the 16th century, Siena declined
in prominence, and today it has only about 50,000 people
to Florence's 400,000. Siena has preserved most of its
original streets and structures. The main square, the
Campo, is huge and the main streets radiate out from it.
Just seeing the Campo is a memorable experience-it is one
of the largest open-air public spaces I've ever seen.
Siena's Duomo is a standout among the many churches I've
seen on this trip. The facade and the interior columns
have black and white stripes like barber poles, and the
uniquely tiled floor shows scenes from religion and history.
You could spend a day just looking at all the "stories".
I'd really like to go back to spend more time in Siena, I
just loved it.
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