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Lucca, the walled city and birthplace of Puccini, is a beautiful medieval city. It is easily reached by train from Florence.
Siena is home of the famous Palio, held every July and August. The horses and bare-back riders in the race, represent the sections of the city called "contrada."
I stayed at the Alma Domus, a convent hotel and the home of St. Catherine of Siena
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