Wander the Town
After seeing the tower, the baptistery and the cathedral we were free to wander. Seina is such a beautifully preserved Gothic town, and once the day-trippers left we had the streets to ourselves. My fondest memory of Siena was walking around town at dusk and in the evening.
Soccer games - the real sienese in action
Soccer games in Italy are always exciting, yet moreso exciting are games in small sleepy towns - you find out rather quickly that the residents aren't so laid-back and show their true passions. Seating can be cheap if it's not an important game - 1 euro or so. the "Red Curve" is the cheapest seating athough not the best, but it definitely lets you take in the atmosphere!
Transportation: Bus to Florence
Busses to Florence start at Piazza Gramsci in Siena every hour. The blue Sita busses bring you to Firenze Autostatione Sita in Viale dei Cardona close to the main train station. The price is 6,50 Euro one way.
This unique place has the shape of a big concave shell. The paving is made of red bricks arranged in fishbone style, divided into nine strips of travertine (in memory of the Government of the Nine, who ruled over the city from 1292 to 1355).
Fairs and markets used to be held here, and also tournaments, buffalo and bull races. Some say that this is where corida originates from.
The square is surrounded by several palaces, including the Palazzo Comunale (Town Hall), finished at the beginning of the 1300s. It's a great work of architecture and houses yet another important art museum.
Some of the palaces belong to the wealthiest of families (the Sansedoni, the Piccolomini and the Saracini),
The most famous palio in Italy
The Palio di Siena (known locally as the Palio delle Contrade), the most famous palio in Italy, is a horse race held twice each year on July 2 and August 16 in Siena, in which the horse and rider represent one of the seventeen Contrade, or city wards. A magnificent pageant precedes the race, which attracts visitors and spectators from around the world.
Both horse and rider are dressed in the colours and arms of the Contrade: Aquila, Bruco, Chiocciola, Civetta, Drago, Giraffa, Istrice, Leocorno, Lupa, Nicchio, Oca, Onda, Pantera, Selva, Tartuca, Torre and Valdimontone.