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The Story Behind Siena's 750-Year-Old War Relic

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I was just filming in the cathedral of Siena, my head spinning with its amazing art. Suddenly my Siena guide, Roberto, points out a tall, 750-year-old wooden post near and dear to the hearts of the Sienese people. As if it happened yesterday, he explained, "It was booty from a battle won at 8 a.m. on September 4th, 1260 -- the last time we beat our arch rivals -- the Florentines."

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