The Six Spots You Must See in Siena & San Gimignano

Located in Tuscany, both Siena and San Gimignano make for a perfect day trip out of Florence! With medieval landscapes, each town offers a unique collection of shops, cuisine, and atmosphere. If you plan to visit both in one day, be sure to see: Siena Piazza del Campo Best known for the Palio di Siena, a […]

FlorenceForFun Photo of the Week: Palio di Siena

FlorenceForFun in Siena

Which Contrada will you choose to support at the Palio di Siena? Onda, Nicchio, Drago? FlorenceForFun girls getting into the spirit of the Palio! To submit your favorite travel photo for the FlorenceForFun photo of the week, send it to with a description of where you were and what you were doing. Each week […]

The Contradas of August 16th's Palio di Siena

[youtube] The final race for the Palio di Siena will be run this Thursday, August 16th. This white-knuckle horse race happens twice a year, where competing contradas, or sections of the city, will race for the honor of winning the banner of Siena, and bragging rights for the year. Let’s meet this year’s competitors: […]

Pick your Palio team!

Although it’s no Kentucky Derby, the Palio di Siena still tops the list as one of the most famous horse races around. The people of Siena have been cheering on their contradas (town districts) since 1656, back when the first Palio was run in honor of the miraculous apparition of the Virgin Mary near the […]

Il Palio di Siena

Standing in the middle of the crowded Piazza del Campo, there is no room to move. Drummers dressed in heavy velvet frocks keep a steady rhythm as the crowd hums with anticipation. The mass of people looks like a wave, swaying back and forth as people jostle each other for space and a small window […]