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 Post subject: A postcard from Italy
PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2009 7:45 pm 
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For all you. 8-)
The Italian Bucco in front of The Leaning Tower of Pisa (Tuscany).

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 Post subject: Re: A postcard from Italy
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Now that is some good stuff! And I think I'm far away being in Omaha, geez!

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 Post subject: Re: A postcard from Italy
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Nice! I am actually trying to make a trip Italy next fall to Gubbio, home of the La Festa dei Ceri. The sister city is one town over and we go to the U.S. version every year.

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 Post subject: Re: A postcard from Italy
PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2009 9:50 pm 
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I am envious IT Bucco. I will take Mrs. AZBF to Tuscany some day.


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 Post subject: Re: A postcard from Italy
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I never been in Siena (Tuscany) but It's very famous for the ancient horse race ("Palio di Siena") that took place in August and July.

A very beautifull square is closed and the track is created around it.
It's a national telvised event.
All the partecipants belong to a part of the city of Siena (that it's devided in Contrade or city wards).

They are seventeen : Aquila (Eagle), Bruco (Caterpillar), Chiocciola (Snail), Civetta (Little Owl), Drago (Dragon), Giraffa (Giraffe), Istrice (Crested porcupine), Leocorno (Unicorn), Lupa (Female Wolf), Nicchio (Seashell), Oca (Goose), Onda (Wave), Pantera (Black Panther), Selva (Forest), Tartuca (Tortoise), Torre (Tower) and Valdimontone (literally, "Valley of the Ram" - often shortened to Montone).

And between them there are alliances but sometimes a huge fight spirit (a spirit that continues during all the year....sometimes your children may have a problem to play with a children that belongs to another city wards....).

The square is really full of spectators:

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And the prize of this race is the "palio" that is a banner of painted silk which is newly created by a different artist for each race.

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Here are all the information:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palio_di_Siena

And here there are a national tv video:



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 Post subject: Re: A postcard from Italy
PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2009 12:48 pm 
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WOW! What passion. Horses and riders going down. Crowd getting trampled after the race. The rider's clothes stripped from him. Amazing! could never happen in the US though. Reminds me of the Tour de France and the fans running all over the course while the race is in progress. Some lady got killed during this year's Tour de France running to the other side of the road. Crazy!


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 Post subject: Re: A postcard from Italy
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And the best part is after, when big and long tables are prepared in the streets to celebrate the victory (somebody told me that is open for all the tourist too).

I don't like to much the big crowd, but one day I'll be there.


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