Category Archives: Palio

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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What Palio? There was a Palio?

It’s Thursday morning, less than two days after the Palio events and there is virtually no evidence in the Piazza del Campo that there ever even was a Palio! All the stands, benches, barricades, Formula I padding, decorations, etc., are … Continue reading

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Panorama del Duomo

Building of the Duomo began in the 12th century.  The goal was for the cathedral to be the largest in the world but the were money issues and the plague hit and yadda, yadda, it never happened. The result is … Continue reading

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A few of my videos from Palio

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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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The Palio – Professional photography

There are a few professional photography shops here in Siena that focus heavily on the Palio. I love this one shop in particular as the photographer is just the cutest character! I’m attaching his link and also some photos from … Continue reading

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