The flags of the 17 contrade are blowing gently in the wind: the temperature is mid 30s.
Early on in the day it's possible to take a seat in the "reserved" sections, and just sit and watch or be watched. Later, we're asked politely to move elsewhere, where the seats may cost anything between Euro 200 and 350, depending on the spot.
|This young couple may have to reconsider their allegiances The contrade are all very strong, and important events such as baptisms and weddings, are held in their own contrada..|
|My flag: contrada OCA, which is worn loosely around neck and shoulders.|