Gian-Carl Casa

Thank you for arranging a contrada dinner the night before Siena’s famous Palio. It was a fantastic experience. In the contrada’s main piazza we had a multi-course dinner that lasted past midnight. Throughout the evening the crowd of people from the contrada (Nicchio) — and especially the long tables full of children — sang songs in support of their part of the city. We all got caught up in the spirit of the evening. I’d always wanted to attend the Palio, but I’d never heard of the contrada dinners until I read about it on Cultural Italy. We had three fantastic weeks in Italy, but that was the high-point.

Gian-Carl Casa, USA