Nearly 700 years ago Ambrogio Lorenzetti painted frescoes on the walls of the Hall of Peace in Siena's Palazzo Publico. They represent Good and Bad Government and are just about as relevant today as they were in the 14th Century. When you have Good Government, agriculture and trade flourish and there is an interdependence between the countryside and the city where the farmers and shepherds get fair prices for their meat and wool. Building trades flourish. Shopkeepers make a good living. People are happy and celebrate with music and dancing. Under bad Government, lawlessness is rife, traders and bankers are corrupt, usurers profiteer and justice fails and is tainted. Does that sound relevant? There's much more to see in the Palazzo Publico and you don't have to join the queue to climb the Torre del Campo- and you still get to go a viewing platform with marvellous views of Siena and the Tuscan landscape around.
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