Postcards from Siena

Palio di Siena

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.

siena Mangia Tower (Torre del Mangia)

siena Piazza del Campo

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).

Palio di Siena

Palio di Siena

Palio di Siena

We saw a horse but it looked so sad :(

siena Palio di Siena

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.

alleyways in siena during Palio di Siena

siena alleyways and Palio di Siena

The Siena Cathedral (duomo) is another beautiful church but I was more struck with all the flags lining the place.

Siena Cathedral (duomo) Siena Cathedral (duomo)
Siena Cathedral (duomo)

Worth a trip to have a look around Siena as it is so unique with it’s city layout :)

2 comments for “Postcards from Siena

  1. February 18, 2015 at 1:06 am

    Wow what a luckily timed visit! Siena is beautiful isn’t it? Ancient cities like these really make you realise how young Australia is!

    • February 18, 2015 at 9:48 pm

      I know! There’s just so much culture and tradition – especially the buildings that are still here after so many years, kinda like a time capsule :)

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