A ratatouille of History, Museums' bits and Interesting Facts. A site for those who like the smell of Old Times.
“This Tuscan city long enjoyed a prominence out of proportion to its modest material and geographical assets A major thirteenth-century Western European banking center, Siena competed with Florence for the hegemony of Tuscany. During the first half of the fourteenth century its innovative artists and architects undertook daring works whose breath-taking beauty even now thrills all but the most leaden spirits.”
W. M. Bowsky, A Medieval Italian Commune: Siena Under the Nine, 1287-1355, University of California Press Ltd, London England, 1981.