09 February, 2010

Siena, San Gimigniano, Viareggio Carnivale

Pictures from the past weekend... as a class, we went to Siena & San Gimigniano on Saturday, when it was pouring rain and freezing almost the entire time.  On Sunday, a group of us went to Viareggio for their Carnivale. Carnivale is all throughout Italian cities the month of February.  People get dressed up (young and old alike.. sometimes families even have a theme!) and throw confetti, shoot silly string at each other, and have a big  parade.  It's sort of like Mardi Gras in America, but much more clean cut.  It's family-friendly until the nighttime, where I presume it becomes more of a big party, but we left right after the parade so I'm not entirely sure.  Regardless, it was very fun!

Siena is a very quaint, medieval town in the Tuscan region, as well as San Gimigniano.  Siena is best known for their big horse race they have on August 16 every year.  The city is split into 17 districts, each with their own mascot.  The race only takes about 75 seconds, but it's a HUGE event. San Gimigniano is best known for their white wine.  Both are in the chianti region, which is Italy's famous wine!

A very wonderful weekend.  I'll give a brief synopsis of the past week later today, but here are a bunch of pictures and VIDEOS for your viewing pleasure :)

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