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Siena Palio – which contradas are racing on 16th August 2016?

Tuscany’s Palio di Siena horse race is world famous. 10 jockeys ride mixed breed horses 3 times around Siena’s iconic Piazza del Campo as around 40,000 locals and visitors watch on from the sidelines. And the levels of anticipation and … Continue reading

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Siena Palio – which contradas are racing on August 16th 2015?

This weekend the historic city of Siena will once again lay down the earthen racecourse in its famous Piazza del Campo and finalise preparations for the 2-minute long Palio di Siena horse race on Sunday 16th August. (Update : due to … Continue reading

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Siena Palio – the runners and riders on July 2nd

Each July centuries of history and feuding come to a head in the first of Siena’s 2-minute long Palio horse races – the second is run in August. 10 Anglo-Arabian horses gallop 3 times around the main piazza in a gladiatorial contest watched by … Continue reading

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Siena. Il Palio.

As the horses and bare-back riders line up against the starting rope in Piazza del Campo, you can almost taste the anxiety, agitation and adrenaline, rising up from the 40,000-strong crowd. The last few weeks, months and years of planning … Continue reading

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Ferragosto in Italy – closed for the holidays

If you’ve ever had a beach holiday in Italy in August, you’d be forgiven for thinking the whole country is on vacation with you as the waterfronts bustle with gloriously tanned, speedo-clad Italians. You wouldn’t be far wrong either, around … Continue reading

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Siena. Contrada life.

Paris has its arrondissements, New York 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. It is life … Continue reading

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