1. Our first task after we were settled was to find a store where we could buy a scarf. Why did we want scarves?
To represent our Contrada for the Palio race
Siena retains a ward-centric culture from medieval times. Each ward (contrada) is represented by an animal or mascot, and has its own boundary and distinct identity. Ward rivalries are most rampant during the annual horse race (Palio) in the Piazza del Campo
2. We went to the main square by 2:40 in the afternoon and people were already filling the piazza to witness ______
The practice run for the Palio.
The Palio di Siena is a traditional medieval horse race run around the Piazza del Campo twice each year, on 2 July and 16 August. The event is attended by large crowds, and is widely televised.
3. How many people are estimated to be in the square?
4. What is the name of the main piazza in Siena?
Piazza del Campo
5. We wandered around town and found this church. What is the name of this church?
Santa Maria Assunta
6. The emblem for Siena is the she-wolf who suckled Remus and Romulus. Why is this?
Because Siena is said to have been founded by Senius, the son of Remus, one of the legendary founders of Rome
7. The campo is dominated by a public building and its tower. The names of these two buildings are:
Palazzo Pubblico and Torre del Mangia
8. Siena, like other Tuscan hill towns, was first settled in the time of the: