Van der Poel reigns alone in Siena

he period between 1260 and 1355 was Siena’s golden age. The city grew to around 50,000 people and the significant architectural landmarks - the Duomo, and the gothic Palazzo Publicco on the Piazza del Campo were built, giving the hilltop city the look it retains to this day. Siena was ruled by the Noveschi - the Government of the Nine - a bankingmercantile oligarchy who were quite democratic by the standards of the time. As elected officials, they defended the interests of the

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