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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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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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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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The actual Palio banner

The actual “Palio” is a banner given to the winner of the race.  Palio means “prize” but it has also become the name for the entire event and the race itself. The Palio for August, 2011 is white-on-white of 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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