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European Court of Human Rights rules against Italy in Diaz and Contrada cases

The building of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg is becoming an unpleasant place for the Italian State attorneys. In a few weeks, Italy lost two landmark and embarrassing cases. 155 more words

Crime And Court News

Passopisciaro - Mondo Imports Trade Tasting

Contrada Chiappemacine 2012
Dusty earthy subtlety, somewhat closed, a bit dirty red fruits, crunchiness. Very tight lean and focused, precise through the mid palate, intense focused tannins, crunchy slightly sour raspberries. 111 more words

Tasting Notes

Firenze - Festa della Regione Toscana

Firenze – Festa della Regione Toscana
Contrada Alfiere

Nikon D800e


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


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