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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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Celebrating Father’s Day with San Giuseppe, 19th March 2015

With the internet and social media still a-buzz with talk of “synthetic babies” and debate over what makes a “tradtional family” its perhaps timely that today is, for many countries including Italy, Father’s Day. Celebrating fathers, fatherhood and the influence … Continue reading

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Countdown to Christmas starts with L’Immacolata, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception

If, like me, you grew up in the UK you will have been seeing mince pies, Christmas puddings and tinsel in the shops since you got back from your summer holidays! And the US has been Christmas shopping since Thanksgiving. … Continue reading

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Celebrating the Festa della Madonna della Salute, November 21st, Venice

It was clear from the water-bus stop that something was happening. Half of Venice was on the move, it seemed. Large extended families with giddy children on scooters gently jostled older couples holding hands. Groups of friends chatted happily as others … 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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