Siena Italy Medieval Life And Horse Racing
taly has many well-known view the Duomo Cathedral that
travel destinations such as towers over the city. Unlike
Rome. Less publicized other cities, the cathedral does
destinations such as Siena are not contrast with the buildings
even better. around it. All of Siena retains
the gothic medieval architectural
Sienna style and you'll be hard pressed
to find a better gothic example
Located roughly an hour outside in Europe.
of Florence, Siena is one of my
favorite places in Italy. When The best way to experience Siena
you think gothic architecture and is to simply stay there. Like
medieval town, you think of wine, Siena improves the longer
Siena. Built as a fortified city you stay. Daily explorations lead
behind large, thick walls on a to surprising little shops,
small mountain, Siena oozes incredibly friendly people and a
history. Cars are barred from general feeling of peace.
much of the city, so you can
meander down ancient brick Il Palio
alleyways below towering
wall-to-wall residences. If you prefer a little action on
your trip, Siena has an event
In Siena, you'll find a relaxed that rivals any in Europe. The Il
way of life, two music schools Palio bareback horse race around
and just a general feel of what the Piazza del Campo is a sight
Italy must have been like in the to be seen. The fun starts well
past. Head to the Piazza del before the race when various
Campo in the heart of the city neighborhoods challenge each
and grab a seat in a caf√©. As other. The challenge comes in the
you gaze across the city, you can form of bands walking through
"enemy" neighborhoods in the people. The running of the bulls
middle of the night and making an has nothing on this event.
unholy racket. Eventually, each
neighborhood produces a horse and If you visit Florence while in
rider for the day of the race. Italy, take the time to spend a
Bareback, the riders race for couple days in Siena. In fact,
neighborhood pride among an blow past Florence and go
absolutely screaming crowd of immediately to Siena.
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