"you can change religions, you can change husbands... you can't change contradas"
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September 18th, 2007 – by: bruinbabe808
THE CONTRADAS There are 17 contradas that compete during the palio [one in july and one in august] the winner has the right to parade through the streets whenever and wherever for the whole year. it usually goes on for about a week, but sometimes at 2 pm and sometimes at 4 am! do not intrude on their celebrations if you are here during this time--they will not be very happy!
our group got invited to a dinner in the lupa contrada.
i chose the torre contrada in case you were interested :)
THE NIGHT LIFE so basically "night life" consists of buying a bottle of wine and sitting in the campo with friends. i tried to find a club/discoteque and no luck. i was told you have to go outside the walls of siena for that. within siena there was the walkabout pub [which closes at 10...weak!], the irish pub [which we liked], and the bella vista social pub [which has a special place in our hearts as we lived right across the way! wia s. martino.] the BVSP has such friendly staff and interesting cuban decorations. toto, michele, musa and of course ultimo the dog were so helpful the whole time we were there. there are a few other places on s. martino, closer to il campo, but we never ventured in.
THE FOOD pretty good. better than rome for me but not as good as the cinque terre. you can find 1 Eu pizza thats decent. theres a cute place thats a bar downstairs and restaurant upstairs that we liked. stay away from the campo though, as im sure youve heard. i wish i remembered the streets and names better, but its just as much fun to explore and nothing will be bad.
THE PEOPLE we stayed at la locanda di san martino. when we were there it was basically run by 2 ppl called vanesa and roberto. both were so helpful, the locanda was very clean, breakfast was pretty good--an enjoyable place to be staying. the people around town are pretty friendly if you strike up a conversation. there were a few italian boys that were vulgar but those are the exceptions, and was nothing like florence! if you can get a tour guide, there are so many cracks and crevices that would go unexplored without so i recommend that. ours was called Frederica Olla and she was very knowledgable and extremely friendly! she is the one who invited us to the lupa dinner.
im not sure what more to say, so shoot me a message if you want to know more!
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