Palio Week: Contrade, Horses, Dinners, Race Trials

I stood in awe of the crowd gathered in the Piazza del Campo in Siena Wednesday evening, June 30. Thousands sitting in the bleachers, standing in the center of the piazza, others on balconies or hunched at their windows in the buildings that line the piazza. I think come Saturday, as I head to the …

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Studying Italian in Italy: Bella. Grande. Favoloso.

Last fall, I spent six weeks at Saena Iulia Italian language school in Siena, Italy, deciding that I  wanted to get as close to fluency in Italian as I could. Six weeks, full immersion, Siena, Italy. What’s not to love? How about the subjunctive tense of verbs? Or prepositions? I don’t love prepositions. Nor trying …

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