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Firenze - Festa della Regione Toscana

Firenze – Festa della Regione Toscana
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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

The Palio 2014

Hubby and I have just returned from our second holiday in three weeks. I could get used to a one week on one week off kind of flexitime. 900 more words

Family Life

Il Palio di Siena: A Medieval Experience

Flag throwing. Marching parades of men costumed in doublets, hose, and caps drumming ancient songs.  Spur of the moment street chanting. Trumpets and bugles singing with merriment and spirit. 792 more words