Climbing the Torre Del Mangia or the Tower of the Eater (the eater bit is a reference to eating up profits) involves 400 steps. That's 400 steps up an ancient and extremely narrow stone staircase. Definitely not recommended for those who are a wee bit claustrophobic. Or those who suffer from delusions that they are supremely fit but the the only exercise they have done in the past few months is twiddle their thumbs in anticipation of the next season of GOT. Unfortunately, I ended up qualifying for both the above categories. But as they say, mind over matter. I survived the climb. Enjoyed the stupendous views of Siena from the top. And now have a little appetizer of an anecdote to narrate at dinner parties.