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Siena-the Campo

 

The Piazza del Campo - getting ready for the Palio horse race.

 

Siena-the Campo

 

The Piazza del Campo - getting ready for the Palio horse race.

 

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That must be quite a sight to see Tom.
Tom Wilson: It was, Frank - we only saw it once, at the cost of an arma and a leg, sitting in that restaurant you see on the left, near the start/finish line. But it took forever to get the race started and it was almost dark when they did, so my pics of the actual race were rubbish!
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 29 Mar 2020, 06:21
It looks like a Planned City, Tom...what a novel idea.
Tom Wilson: I guess that, originally, the centre was very much a planned city, Ray - then as it grew, the planning ceased - resulting in yesterday's pic smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 29 Mar 2020, 07:37
Oh look at that: people in crowds, in shirtsleeves...sob
Tom Wilson: Eventually, the centre of the square was full of people, there to watch the race - we were sitting in that restaurant you see on the left of the pic, and the race is over in less than two minutes!
In the olden days when there was no such thing as social distancing and self isolation.
Tom Wilson: Ah, we can look back on them with pleasure smile
i quite like the view of the semi circular plaza, Tom.
Tom Wilson: It's quite a stunning public space, Ayush.
It feels of the times. Fabulous to see.
Tom Wilson: The race is quite amazing - there is one horse for each of ten contrade (city districts - there are 17 of these) and the rivalry involved is intense. The jockeys tend to come from Sicily and losers are sometimes treated badly!
I guess this was quite a spectacular event once it got underway.
Tom Wilson: Quite a fantastic 90 seconds! Three times round the Campo.

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