Category Archives: Siena

Monteriggioni

I day tripped to Monteriggioni today after climbing the Torre del Mangia in Siena. My whole trip, bus and all, took about two and a half hours! It is only about a 15-20 minute bus ride from Siena and the … Continue reading

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Il Torre del Mangia

This is the huge tower in the Piazza del Campo.   The name is derived from the nickname of the first bell-ringer who reportedly spent all his money on food.  This is a mystery to me, though, as the stairwell … 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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La parrucchiera

The hairdresser! I finally went this afternoon.  My hair was an absolute disgrace but I had been afraid to get it cut. It’s a good bit shorter, and she thinned it out a lot which is nice in this heat. … 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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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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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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