About the Webinar
Il Palio di Siena, a four-day cultural sporting extravaganza, culminates in the world’s most thrilling horse race and takes place twice every summer — on July 2 and August 16. Though canceled this year, you can experience its colorful pageantry virtually through stunning photographs taken at last year’s race. Author, lecturer and photographer Carla Gambescia will explain the history behind the race which lasts a mere 75- 90 seconds but represents the climax of a fiercely competitive all-consuming year-round rivalry between the 17 contrade (districts) of Siena. Carla will also touch on some of the gorgeously preserved highlights of Siena, where the Middle Ages seem to survive in the architecture as well as the civic spirit.
About Carla Gambescia
Carla Gambescia is the author of La Dolce Vita University: An Unconventional Guide to Italian Culture from A to Z, winner of the Silver Prize for Best Travel Book of the Year 2019. Carla’s passion for Italy began early: with her mother’s love of the Renaissance masters and father’s discourses on Italian geniuses of every calling. In the ensuing decades, she’s written about and toured every region of Italy on foot or by bicycle. Carla conceived and co-led the Giro del Gelato bicycle tour which won OUTSIDE Magazine’s “Best Trip in Western Europe,” and owned and operated Via Vanti! Restaurant & Gelateria in Mount Kisco, New York for a decade. Via Vanti! received a “Very Good” from the New York Times and numerous plaudits for its innovative Italian cuisine, gelato (named “Best Gelato Shop in NY”.) Carla is also a lecturer and curator of the photoblog PostcardsFromTheBoot.com
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