Palio di Siena

The "Palio di Siena" is a horse race that is held twice each year, on July 2 and August 16, in Siena.

Ten horses and riders represent ten of the seventeen contrade, or city wards. Originally, there were about fifty-nine "Contrade", now only seventeen remain, ten of which take part in the historical pageant and in the race at each Palio . 

The historical parade is a lively display of rich medieval costumes which date back to the time period from 1430 to 1480. Their colours are as bright as one may fancy. This traditional and popular event ands in the streets of the victorious "Contrada". The race will take place in "Piazza del Campo" in Siena. Don't miss the chance to join in the enthusiasm of the people living in Siena for the Palio and, of course, the final victory!!

 

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