In the Contrada

Sunday, September 12, 2010
Sienna is comprised of many “Contradas” or neighborhoods. Each with its own flag, colors, costumes and symbol. Twice a year they hold a major horse race known as the Pialo or organized chaotic rivalry between these contradas. It's quite a spectacal held in the Campo or square at the center of town. Today we were able to see one neighborhoods display their pride as they marched through the old town area twirling their banners to the beat of the drummers. Some day I'd love to see the race in person.

“In the Contrada”     © Kathy Dunham 2010