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Greetings from Siena (Italy)! A dispatch from our blogger…

How could we resist sharing this photo (above) and video (below)? Yesterday, Siena’s blogger happened find himself in the city of Siena (Italy)!

He snapped the above photo of the famous Torre del Mangia, the “Tower of the (Tax) Eater,” in the Piazza del Campo. That’s where the famous horse race of Siena, the Palio, is run each year.

It’s one of the most famous examples of early Renaissance architecture in Italy. Note how the most elaborate part of the tower, crafted with the more precious marble, is at the top. Many art and architecture historians like to point out that it was the first of its kind in Europe (click the link above for the Wikipedia entry).

Click the image for a high-resolution version. And be sure to activate the sound when you watch the video below so you can hear the “Bells of Siena.” Enjoy!

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