Category Archives: Contrada

Knights in shining armor!

Oh, yeah!

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Palio! The official day has arrived!

What a day!  So many things occur on the day of the Palio that you have to do some choosing and can’t necessarily completely watch an entire event as the crowds are so thick that getting from one location to … Continue reading

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The procession of wax

Sunday evening, before going to watch the third Palio test, a group from the school met with our guide, Serena, to watch the Cortea dei Cera (the procession of wax) at the Duomo.  I love the Duomo!  The stripes are … Continue reading

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La terza prova

The third test. This evening Linda, Helen and I went to watch the third test of the Palio. Helen is also Australian and I met her at the contrada dinner I attended during my first week of school.  She is … Continue reading

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Dopo la prima prova

“After the first test” the contrada members rush from wherever they have been standing / sitting to their horse.   They line up behind him and there is a slow progression out of the Piazza del Campo.  The horse led … Continue reading

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Check out these ceilings!

In my prior post of the crowds watching the activities in the Piazza, there is a photo of some people at a lovely arched window. Here is a zoom in of the ceiling in that apartment!

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La prima prova!

The first test (prova) occurred at 7:15pm on Saturday evening.  The maximum amount of time any the jockey has had with the horse is about 6 hours.  This is the first time they are with the horse on the Palio … Continue reading

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Post track activities

Linda and I killed the rest of the afternoon walking around, having a glass of prosecco, visiting Antonio at his little specialty food shop, etc. At about 6:30 we headed back toward the Piazza to watch the first “prova” (test). … Continue reading

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Lunch on the track

After the assigning of the horses, much of the Piazza del Campo goes back into normal business mode, the stands are at least partially collapsed and the tables and umbrellas brought back out only now they are literally on the … Continue reading

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The Palio! Assigning the horses

Saturday afternoon at 1:00 sharp, the captains of the contrade oversaw the assignation of the horses. The crowd was thick!  This is when the contrade luck can be won or lost depending on what horse is drawn! All of the … Continue reading

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