Category Archives: Contrada

Palio pantaloni!

This is now tied as my favorite photo opp of the trip (along with the old people lined up on the bench in San Quirico Val D’Orcia). These are the tights that the Oca contrada members wore in the Palio … Continue reading

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Santa Caterina

On my tiny walk home from lunch I stopped in to take some photos of the convent of Santa Caterina. Reminder that her head is down the road in the church of San Domenico, and this is also where the … Continue reading

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Palio buddies

As I walked home Wednesday afternoon / early evening I came across a lot of Giraffaioli! My landlord told me that Giraffa and Oca are good friends so they were invited over to Oca’s headquarters for a celebration.  He said … Continue reading

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Palio video – August 16, 2011

So what happened exactly? It seems that the Torre horse developed a cramp midway in the race and you can actually see him laying on the track as Giraffa comes around the final bend for the win.  I didn’t even … Continue reading

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Post Palio dinner at Piazza del Campo

The Piazza goes from racetrack to outdoor cafes within about 45 minutes of the Palio ending.  It is amazing! Linda, Sarah (a young Canadian girl) and I had dinner at “Liberamente” which is right near the starting post.   The … Continue reading

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The Palio, exiting the Piazza

After the contrada sieze the Palio they head off to the Duomo, with the horse, to pay thanks for the win. I didn’t go to that but Helen did and she said she got to pet Fedora, the winning horse, … Continue reading

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The Palio! Giraffa by a neck!

Actually, by much more than a neck! Fedora is the name of the winning horse, Giraffa is the winning contrada! As the horses rounded the track for the third and final time they headed into the most dangerous curve of … Continue reading

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