Borgo di Vagli
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... is a horserace in Il Campo, the central square, which takes place twice a year - on July 2 and August 16. There are 17 horses in the race - each wearing the colors of the contrada it represents.
Each contrada participates in a very special parade through town. Practices happen all year in preparation. We were lucky enough to see one of these parades.
Practicing for Palio week
Each neighborhood or contrada
Has a different flag
Only boys can ...
Another slow day in Chianti. We rose late, got some rays laying in the sun the walked off to Radda for a shopping exposition. We decided to walk as early as possible as the day gets very warm very early! We got to the centre of Radda in 10 minutes and spent a good time looking around in tourist type shops buying a few things and after "all that" decided to have lunch - as it was about that time. We went to a place that we visited last time ...
... and a biscotti would be a good idea. They must have flown up that tower because before I it knew I was staring at three sweaty smiles! Then I heard about how cool it was to go up. ****See photos. There was no line at the front of the Cathedrale, so Philip took the girls in while my mom, Pilar and I figured out how to get to the Basilica di Santa Croce. We looked like such tourists.... Baby in back pack, baseball hats, bags and a map! Once we all regrouped, ...
... playing soccer with a local boy, who was no older than 7 or 8 and lived at one of the wineries. He beat me 8 to 1 and I don’t think the 8 glasses of wine had anything to do with it. Nonetheless, it was a very fun afternoon.
Dinner that night was fresh prosciutto ravioli from the local deli and some very tasty bread from the supermarket. It was some of the best Italian I have ever eaten and I think it only cost me 3 euro!
Day 3 I had breakfast with ...
... with our help. A pasta dish with a sauce where our group learned to roll noodles, a peasant soup which used Italian bread and tomatoes and lots or garlic and basil, skewers of meat that included pork cubes and sausages as well as a tiramisu dessert.