An Italian “Bucket List”: #50

I’m often asked what I think are the “must-dos” for lovers of Italy, so I’ll be counting down 50 items on an Italian “Bucket List” – please tell me what’s on yours!

50. See the Palio in Siena.


Twice a year, in July and August, the breathtaking medieval Tuscan town Siena goes wild for its palio, an ancient horse race that each neighborhood (contrada) wants desperately to win. The whole city becomes a mix of fan frenzy and festive competition – I made it there once, in 2002, and will never forget the awesome pageantry.