I absolutely loved this tour. Not only the subject matter, but the enthusiasm and personal experience as a member of a Contrada that Dr. Stasiowski has made this subject and experience absolutely delightful.
Having witnessed the Palio de Siena in August of 1976 from behind the bleachers and looking between the legs of people sitting on those bleachers (because my sister and I hadn't even known that the Palio was going to be going on when we went to Siena), I was excited to find out more about what the distinctive race was all about. Dr. Stasiowski provided comprehensive and entertaining insight into this long-standing Sienese tradition - the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Great fun! History, insight and boundless energy. Kristin is the best!
I didn't want this presentation to end! Dr. Stasiowski's extensive knowledge and her infectious enthusiasm made this one of my favorite Context conversations.
We very much enjoyed learning more about the history of the Palio. We visited Siena Nov-2019 & stayed at an apartment facing the Piazza del Campo. Our host shared a bit of 2019 Palio & her contrada came in 2nd place. We could not imagine all the people, it was great to learn & see photos. Cannot wait to visit Siena again one day.