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Il Palio di Siena

It’s early morning, and Berio, stripped naked, stands before a priest in one of Siena’s solemn medieval churches. Despite the shoulder-to-shoulder crowd that surrounds him, admiring his handsome face and sizing-up his strong legs, this local celebrity remains stoic. 837 more words

Horse Race

Fields of Gold by Nigel F

It was our last day of our six-day hike between Florence and Siena. This day, the sky was blue, the temperature was hot and sticky, and the sea of sunflowers were standing tall towards the sun. 959 more words

Short Stories

Siena and San Gimignano.

The charming towns of Siena and San Gimignano are both the perfect destinations for day trips from Florence. 425 more words


My Trip to Italy: Siena

Siena was our final stop on our Italian trip and by that time we were dead on our feet. It was so nice to arrive in this small, slow paced town. 315 more words


A Beautiful Day in Siena and San Gimi

Italy is a beautiful country with more history and astounding landscapes than I’ve ever seen elsewhere. Living in the Tuscan region for the past two months has definitely made me a little biased, but I truly feel like I am living in one of the most beautiful places in the world. 573 more words

Alba's Palio degli Asini

There are few things more Italian than a Palio; A city’s borghi, or boroughs, competing against each other in a winner-takes-all bareback horse race around the piazza, the only prize being a year’s worth of bragging rights over their neighbours. 776 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