Whoever rules the city must have the beauty of the city as his foremost preoccupation, and in fact our city must be honorably decorated and its buildings carefully preserved and improved, because it must provide pride, honor, wealth, and growth to the Sienese citizens, as well as pleasure and happiness to visitors from abroad.
The city is an ancient place, dating at least to Etruscan times. Later on they said it was founded by Senius, son of Remus, one of the two legendary founders of Rome, and they made the she-wolf who suckled the founding twins one of their emblems.here if you want to see more of it. Now that I understand better the demographic arc of European histoy, this makes sense. Europe reached an economic and demographic nadir in the 900s, before embarking on centuries of growth that reached a peak in 1275 to 1348 (depending on the region). In the north, growth was ended by the onset of the Little Ice Age in the late 1200s, but in the Mediterranean growth may have contined into the 1300s before the Black Death brought everything crashing down. Siena reach a peak of population around 1310, at 50,000, that it would not reach again until the 1700s. So if you ever wondered why Europe has so many cathedrals built between 1200 and 1348, there is your answer: that's when they had the money and people to do it.