It is in the days before the Palio of Siena, when the contradaiolos (inhabitants) externalize their activity. You could even be part of Contrada’s life at one of the outdoor dinners they organize.
With good food and drink, the contrada members organize themselves and create a unique atmosphere.
Behind this fabulous atmosphere you can find a whole way of life which they take with pride. It is fascinating for many of us to approach and enter the city of Siena every year and enjoy the Palio where everything is more visible and manifest.
You need at least 3 or 4 days before the Palio's day (2nd of July and 16th of August) to feel the life in Contrada at its peak: an exquisite dedication by the people of Contrada so that everything works as it should.
It is possible to admire the way of working of the locals, which through their history, continue to believe in themselves.