|Subject: Italian Festivals|
I read that so many of you are going to be spending time in our adopted
land. When you're here, some of the most fun things to do are the local
village fairs, festivals and concerts. Year round, there is something
going on nearly every week. If you don't want to stop in the local tourist
information offices, you'll find posters, etc for most of these events
posted in or near the public parking areas in most villages. Nearly every
village in our area has their own palio or two starting late spring through
October. While the palio in Siena is about as crowded and as difficult
to get good seats as the Super Bowl in the USA - and only lasts about
3 minutes, the smaller ones can be even more fun. Near us, Torrita di
Siena has donkey races for their palio, Bettolle has pole climbing,
has barrel racing, etc. The donkey palio was hilarious last year. One
donkey led the entire race by an huge margin, then 2 meters from the finish
stopped - just stopped. No matter what they did he refused to cross the
finish line and finished last.
Just look for the posters as you stop in different towns.
After two dozen churches and 10 or so museums, you'll love the local
and get to see what life in Italy is really all about.
Today is the Festival of S.Antonio in Torrita di Siena. Along with a number
of activities, there are going to be booths set up for food tastings from
merchants and farmers throughout our area
Bill Sutherland Montefollonico, Italy