I was in Siena twice so far, but never for the Palio race. Here is a collection of statues and sculptures and monuments (hm, how exactly are these three different?) and right at the end a proof that in Italy not all is love.
I shall not give much information on the statues but rather let you stroll around at your own pace. The fountain is in the square where the Palio is held. The details are from the Cathedral. The boy playing is my favourite. Another post from Siena can be found here.
Photo: a © signature mmm production
The following video from last year’s Palio race belongs to the “truth be told” category. Father sent me the link and I couldn’t even watch it all the way through, but I saw enough to stay away for every next Palio.
Be advised against watching this if you abhor violence as much as I do.
Suffice to say, there is this and that to every nation. It’s on you to take the best of all words.
ADD-IT: The video has been removed from YouTube since and I don’t wish to search for a similar one. It was too brutal.