Palio

The Palio horse race is run twice a year in the magnificent Piazza del Campo, Siena’s main square, widely considered to be one of the most beautiful squares in the world. The race, which is run on the 2nd of July and the 16th of August each year,dates back to the 14th century. In past times the races were on buffalo-back, but horses have been used in the “modern” Palio since 1656.

Palio

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Palio

The festival of the Palio lasts for four days, and includes parades, flag-waving and tossing, blessings of the horses in the local churches, feasts in the contrade and six trial races. Not to mention lots of clandestine meetings between the heads of the contrade and the jockeys! The excitement builds to a crescendo on the day of the race; Siena is a sea of colour and a symphony of good-natured singing and chanting as the young members of the contrada wander around the city centre seeking to drown out their rivals – many eating delicious...

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