Sunshine in Siena

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Siena is likely Italy's loveliest medieval city, and a trip worth making even if you are in Tuscany for just a few days. Siena's heart is its central piazza known as Il Campo, known worldwide for the famous Palio run here, a horse race run around the piazza twice every summer. Movie audiences worldwide can see Siena and the Palio in the James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace

 Cards by the pool before boarding the coach. 

Cards by the pool before boarding the coach. 

 A typical side street in Siena. 

A typical side street in Siena. 

 One of the statues we saw outside of the Duomo Romulus and Remus and the She-Wolf.

One of the statues we saw outside of the Duomo Romulus and Remus and the She-Wolf.

Siena is said to have been founded by Senius, son of Remus, one of the two legendary founders of Rome thus Siena's emblem is the she-wolf who suckled Remus and Romulus - you'll find many statues throughout the city. The city sits over three hillswith its heart the huge piazza del Campo, where the Roman forum used to be. Rebuilt during the rule of the Council of Nine, a quasi-democratic group from 1287 to 1355, the nine sections of the fan-like brick pavement of the piazza represent the council and symbolizes the Madonna's cloak which shelters Siena.

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 Close up of another Romulus and Remus. They will often be pictured suckling from the Wolf. 

Close up of another Romulus and Remus. They will often be pictured suckling from the Wolf.