Jack loves Siena and wanted to go. We found out that the first trial for the first Palio race was today. We thought we’d just see the horses run around. Little did we know what a HUGE deal it was. It looked just like the real Palio, which will take place July 2. We arrived at the end of the lottery, where they draw the horses for each contrada. We had lots of time to enjoy Siena because the first trial was to start at 7:45. At the last minute, we were at a cafe, and they were putting up all the tables to clear the race track, and I asked if we could sit in the stands. The waiter said we had to buy tickets! so thirty minutes before the trial, I went over to a man he pointed to and bought three seats way up. We had no idea that these seats were right in front of the start and finish line! We had the best seats for the whole trial! This post includes photos from the snail contrada, which didn’t have a horse this time but put on a real show in the streets. I will tell you more about the photos tomorrow. We’re exhausted! The pennant at the end is the palio, the prize for the winner. It’s designed and donated by a different artist each year.