Siena

Similar turf issues bother Charlie Berg of San Diego. "When you fly in coach," he grouches, "why is it always the person
With this post, I wrap up my second big 2016 trip -- two two-month European adventures filled with learning, experiences
(This post was originally published at blog.ricksteves.com/blog/palio-aftermath.) In these clips, you can see the euphoria
(This post originally appeared at blog.ricksteves.com/blog/palio-race.) They race! Once the rope drops, there's one basic
Being in Siena for the Palio horse race is really a series of mob scenes. These three photos capture the crush of the crowds
At Siena's Palio horse race, bleacher and balcony seats are expensive, but it's free to join the masses in the square. And
While the jockeys -- usually from out of town -- are hired hands, the horses are stars. Each neighborhood gets its horse
This is Day 94 of my 100 Days in Europe series. As I research my guidebooks and make new TV shows, I'm reporting on my experiences
This is Day 93 of my 100 Days in Europe series. As I research my guidebooks and make new TV shows, I'm reporting on my experiences
The coveted Palio banner is the trophy that gives the wildest horse race anywhere its name. This clip shows a dramatic procession
Security is on high alert at any big event in Europe these days. And I appreciate the security. The first decades of my life
This is Day 90 of my 100 Days in Europe series. As I research my guidebooks and make new TV shows, I'm reporting on my experiences
Siena's Palio is one of the most difficult and ancient bareback horse races in the world with origins dating back centuries. Held annually in July and August, it attracts thousands of Italians and foreign visitors.
I was just filming in the cathedral of Siena, my head spinning with its amazing art. Suddenly my Siena guide, Roberto, points
Last week, the organizers of The Palio, Siena's famous horse race, declined an invitation to appear in a parade for Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday, basically saying the parade might misrepresent the prestige of the historical and traditional event.
Howdy and happy winter solstice. Winter officially begins tonight and we continue speeding towards Christmas, Kwanzaa and the finish line of 2015. As usual, I am not ready. In fact, I'm still mulling over something from October.
There's nothing better than waking up in a 13th-century building and imagining how many people have woken up, celebrated, or walked the halls of the very same place -- and it doesn't hurt to get to imagine it while still enjoy modern conveniences like air-conditioning and Wi-Fi.
My dad was a piano tuner, and in my travels, any time I see a piano, I have an urge to play it or hear it played. At Il Canto del Sole agriturismo, Luciano showed me around his farm while his son, Marco, attentively followed, seemingly fascinated by my work as a guidebook writer.
Rattling around late at night in an empty Siena, I found myself curbside at the craziest horse race in the world, the Palio. Hold on to your gnocchi!