Notes on the Geography of Italy: Siena: Photo 5
The Palazzo Publico, built in the first half of the 14th century. Lippo Memmi's famous Torre del Mangia was built just before the arrival of the Black Death. It has attracted extravagant praise, like this from William Dean Howells: "I stood in the piazza and saw the Tower of the Mangia leap like a rocket into the starlit air." Howells continued, "When once you have seen the Mangia, all other towers, obelisks, and columns are tame and vulgar and earth-rooted; that seems to quit the ground, to be not a monument but a flight" (Tuscan Cities, 1886, p. 139).
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