VISITING SIENA

We took the bus to Siena today. It is one of the bigger Tuscan cities and it is very famous for its Piazza del Campo, a shell shaped plaza that is the scene for the annual Palio de Siena, a bareback horse race. 

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The Palio will be held in two days (the dates are July 2 and August 16 every year) and the city was abuzz with preparations. The plaza had bleachers ready and there were people and vendors all over the place.  

The horses represent different sections of the City and victory in the race leads the winning quarter to show off their flag. Flags were prominently displayed all through the City and also for sale. Each flag has an emblem of the block, e.g. Panther or Eagle. 

At the Panther quarter. 

At the Panther quarter. 

Flags at Piazza del Campo. 

Flags at Piazza del Campo. 

Lili and Dante checking out the bleachers. Minutes later staff came out and put several 'Do not Climb the Bleachers' signs all over them.    

Lili and Dante checking out the bleachers. Minutes later staff came out and put several 'Do not Climb the Bleachers' signs all over them. 

 

This picture shows the blocks - blue flags on the left and yellow ones on the right.  

This picture shows the blocks - blue flags on the left and yellow ones on the right.  

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Siena also has a beautiful, huge and unfinished cathedral. 

Siena also has a beautiful, huge and unfinished cathedral.