Tag Archives: contrada

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! Piazza del Campo

It was about 4:00 by the time we reached the Piazza del Campo and Serena showed me the little alley I needed to take to get to my seat so I made a quick dash to find a toilet and … 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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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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The Palio! Choosing the horses

Saturday morning a group of us from school met with our guide, Serena, at 8:30 to head to the Piazza del Campo for the first major event of the Palio, determining which horses will compete in the race. Ultimately only … Continue reading

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Looney lunch with Linda

After my best day yet in class I was game to go to lunch with Linda yesterday.  She brought me to this little place not far from where I am living that she has frequented several times. Linda, being the … Continue reading

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The party days are over

The Oca headquarters seems to have shut down for the season!  As they won the July Palio they are not participating in the August Palio and it seems that the celebration days have officially ended!  I mentioned in an earlier … Continue reading

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The Palio – YouTube video

You can see by the crowds in the attached video that Il Palio is a major event, with limited capacity.  I don’t even want to hint at the price of a balcony position I will likely buy. From what I understand, … Continue reading

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