We very much enjoyed learning more about the history of the Palio. We visited Siena Nov-2019 & stayed at an apartment facing the Piazza del Campo. Our host shared a bit of 2019 Palio & her contrada came in 2nd place. We could not imagine all the people, it was great to learn & see photos. Cannot wait to visit Siena again one day.
Great “conversation “ I learned so much about Palio, all very interesting and memorable. Great story and told with personal connections.
How incredibly special I felt to learn about the ancient ceremonies surrounding the Palio from Dr. Stasiowski - a real life member of a contrada in Siena! I loved hearing her very personal, funny, and informative stories of what it's like to live through the calendar of events associated with the Palio - and why it's been happening as it has since the middle ages! This talk felt like a real behind-the-scenes look at the very sacred and secret life of the contradas. The combination of Dr. Stasiowski's extensive knowledge of Sienese history + unique lived experience make this a talk not to be missed.
A wonderful over view of the history and passion of the Palio. We were in Siena in Oct 2018 and there was a Palio happening, we knew little about it. We witnessed one of the horses being lead through the streets followed by a throng of singing revelers. I think that Kristin captured this exciting unforgettable event with her enthusiasm for the Palio and the people of Siena