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Appropriately for an Italian city, it is riddled with Vespas.
Located in Tuscany, the Etruscans founded Siena in the 900s BCE during a series of hill-fortress city building. Some of the streets in Siena almost appear to be vertical cliffs and the others still make San Francisco, California look like old soda. Siena was an integral part of the Roman Empire during the 3rd century. For part of the Middle Ages Siena was occupied by Germanic peoples. By the year 1348, the plague had arrived and this pivotal event made the city what it is today. Before the outbreak, people flooded the city and it was living in its heyday. The beauty of Siena is in how much it was preserved from the time of the plague. Since the wave of disease extinguished most of what was in its path, the city was left vacant; a literal ghost town. Today, the city remains quite the same as it was in the Middle Ages.
Saint Catherine of Siena lived during the years leading up to the onslaught of the black death. One day she was taken aghast by the sky and lived the rest of her life as a fanatical Christian. Her head can be found on display in one of the city's churches. Her body is located in the Vatican. She was physically disgusted by the Great Schism and wrote the pope a letter expressing exactly how she felt. He requested her to come to the Vatican and discuss the issue in person. For a woman in the 1300s she was quite an influential figure.


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