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View of Siena's Piazza del Campo plaza from atop the Torre del Mangia, the bell tower of the Palazzo Pubblico. This unusual shell-shaped plaza is the site of the famous twice-yearly (July 2 and August 16) Palio horse races between the 17 Contrade or neighborhoods of Siena. Many consider Siena to be the best-preserved medieval city in Italy.

The 306-step climb to the top of the 102-meter high tower is well worth it, for both this view into the plaza and for the view of the countryside in the opposite direction (which I'll post sometime in the future). To get this picture with the shadows of the tower, I had to wait until the right time of the day to climb up.

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