Tag Archives: Piazza del Campo

Torre dei Lamberti

The Torre dei Lamberti reminds me a lot of the Torre del Mangia in Siena.   They look very similar to me and are of similar height and my legs were screaming out loud when I got to the top of … 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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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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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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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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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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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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