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Firenze - Festa della Regione Toscana

Firenze – Festa della Regione Toscana
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Siena In Contrada

Per un visitatore esterno, capire  Siena e i suoi abitanti e comprendere lo spirito senese, è indispensabile conoscere almeno un pò  la vita delle contrade e l’importanza che, per ogni senese, ne ha l’appartenenza. 133 more words



Well, I’m here. I had planned to update sooner but it has been a strange and busy week!

I arrived in Siena four days after the second Palio of the year and the one that dates back the furthest. 273 more words


Siena. Contrada life.

Paris has its arrondissements, New York has its blocks, and Siena has its contradas. But a contrada, or district, is not just a geographic designation within the city’s historic walls, it is much, much more serious than that. 1,253 more words


An Italian "Bucket List": #50

I’m often asked what I think are the “must-dos” for lovers of Italy, so I’ll be counting down 50 items on an Italian “Bucket List” – please tell me what’s on yours! 60 more words

New on 500px : Contrada Della Chiocciola marching by engintan by engintan

Chiocciola is situated in the south-western corner of Siena; traditionally, its residents worked as terracotta makers. Chiocciola’s motto is “With slow and deliberate steps, snail leaves the battlefield triumphant.” 7 more words

Il Palio: The Medieval Details

So what is Il Palio? In short, it is a medieval horse race that has been taking place since the 15th century.

However, a more thorough explanation is warranted. 575 more words