I think luck was on our side as the Palio di Siena was happening in Siena during the 3 days we were in Florence. This horse racing only occurs 2 times a year and my gosh it was really crazy. Trains were packed and people were waiting in the Piazza del Campo for hours and hours to have a good spot to watch the 2 hour parade and the 90 second horse race.
The city comes alive with both locals and tourists flocking into the city center and it’s not just some event put on for tourists. Walking around we came across bricked alleyways covered in flags and parades of each contrade (neighbourhood).
We saw a horse but it looked so sad :(
Siena is the embodiment of a medieval city with so many winding alleyways and walled city – a nice place to get lost and just wander around.
The Siena Cathedral (duomo) is another beautiful church but I was more struck with all the flags lining the place.
Worth a trip to have a look around Siena as it is so unique with it’s city layout :)