Tag Archives: Siena

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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Piazza del Campo readies for Palio!

There is a lot of activity occurring at the Piazza del Campo as Siena gets prepared for Palio! Siena is essentially a pedestrian city.  You can own a car and vehicles are allowed into the city for deliveries, etc., but … Continue reading

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Napolean

As proper schoolgirls we did set aside some time on Monday to visit Napolean’s houses before heading back to Siena. He had a summer estate which was unfortunately closed as it was a Monday (worldwide museums are often closed on … Continue reading

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Cruising Chianti

Echart, Bob, and I headed into Chianti country on Thursday evening to celebrate Echart’s last night in Siena. First stop, Castellina.  Yet another cute little Tuscan town.   We ate at a place called “La Torre” (the tower) which, remarkably, … Continue reading

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Whiney, winey Wednesday

I had a lot to drink today!  It was a rainy day in Siena but Ekhart and I had made plans to go to the market for lunch as the market only occurs on Wednesdays.   We had a walk around … Continue reading

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My Stendhal moments

I mentioned in a prior post that I had a bit of a Stendhal syndrome moment at the Siena Duomo (cathedral). First of all I love the exterior of the Duomo, the campinile (bell tower) is alternating stripes of white … Continue reading

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Here’s looking at you!

As today is Domenica (Sunday) I figured I should do something religious so decided I would do all-things Santa Caterina as I am living in her neighborhood. Santa Caterina (1347-1380) is the patron saint of Siena and she was born … Continue reading

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Week 1 recap

I have officially been in Italy one week and Siena six days.  How has it been?  Well, I have been reminded twice recently that the first week of anything is very rough!  The first week out of my job was … Continue reading

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The hills are alive…

Siena is one hilly place!  My school is about a one minute walk from my apartment “as the crow flies” but I actually have to take two switchbacks to get up to where it is! Attached is a photo of … 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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