Learning about the horse races in Siena, how the leaning tower of Pisa got its name and the food at the Festival of the Thrush was so much fun this week.
On Saturday we moved to Montepulciano a tiny city in Siena. At the apartment, we have two cats one is gray and white and one is black and white. The black and white one is not as friendly as the gray and white one but my favorite thing to learn about so far is the horse races of Siena. Did you know that the horse races in Siena are more well known than the Stanley Cup in Italy? For all you hockey fans out there, yes, it is true. The horse races, which are in the town square in the city of Siena, are very dangerous because of one sharp turn. There are solid concrete walls around one side of the town square and there is a bottleneck. If a horse is going very fast, you can BAM! into the wall and break your knee. In the horse race, there are so many different neighbourhoods to pick from. Some of the names of the neighbourhoods are Tortoise, Wave, Unicorn, Tower, Seashell and a whole lot more. The neighbourhoods are the ones who are racing their jockeys. The neighbourhoods just want the glory and to stick their tongues out at the other neighbourhoods.
Oh no! The Leaning Tower of Pisa is now the falling tower of Pisa. Just kidding! The leaning tower of Pisa will not fall down any time soon but today I am going to tell you about my field trip to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Did you know that half of the ground that the Leaning Tower of Pisa is on is soft? So soft that when the second floor was built, the whole thing went from straight to not so straight. The Romans named the ground Pisa [Pisa means marsh and marsh is not a good place to build a tower], so that should have been the first warning. Then over 100 years later, the ground stabilized.
Good thing too because if they started building the third floor, the Leaning Tower of Pisa would have fallen over. For the next 800 years, the Tower of Pisa was stable. Good changed to bad. The tower of Pisa was unstable again but this time it was worse. The whole thing was surrounded by cables and held up by cranes. But in 2001 the Leaning Tower of Pisa was stable again.
MOM! Why didn’t you tell me earlier that I was eating rabbit sauce! On Sunday, I went to the Festival of the Thrush. We saw dancing and heard music but the best part of the festival was the food. The Festival of the Thrush was in a medieval hill town called Montalcino. In Montalcino, there is wine and cheese but you must see the Festival of the Thrush there is good music and dances but in the end, there is an archery competition. My favorite part about the festival of the thrush is the food. From yucky trippa [cow stomach] to yummy Pollo Fritta [fried chicken] there are so many different foods to try. Remember the rabbit sauce I talked about? Well, it was with yummy noodles and I thought that the rabbit was beef until mom told me it was rabbit.
Well that was really fun and I want to tell you more but mom is calling me for lunch. Bye!