The Palio of Siena

A friend recently sent me these pictures of the Palio of Siena, the famous horse race and one of the most important pageants of our province.

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Every year, in July and then in August, a horse race is held in the Piazza del Campo, the main square of Siena, where horse races have been organized since the 13th century. 

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In the race, 10 of the 17 "contrade" or "wards" of Siena compete to win the "palio" or "banner".

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The exciting race and the accompanying pageantry is one of the most thrilling moments in the cultural life of Siena.

The photos are by Photo Fabio MUZZI © http://www.fabiomuzzi.it
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