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»» Palio of Siena – August 16

The tradition of Palio di Siena, the most popular and spectacular historic horse race, is kept alive through its two annual editions, taking place on July 2 — aka “Palio di Provenzano” and August 16 — aka “Palio dell’Assunta“.

Those who are new to Palio di Siena could find helpful a short description of the Contradas.
The Contradas are districts into which the town of Siena is divided. In the ancient times they were institutions each having their own government, coat of arms, emblems, official representatives, and patron Saints.
Nowdays, of the seventeen contradas, ten — seven by right and three drawn, take part in the historical pageant and in the race at each Palio. Their names: Eagle, Snail, Wave, Panther, Forest, Tortoise, Owl, Unicorn, Shell, Tower, Ram, Caterpillar, Dragon, Giraffe, Porcupine, She-Wolf, Goose.

There are huge rivalries among the contradas. And during the race, taking place in the main Siena’s square — Piazza del Campo, all is allowed, from crashing into a rival’s horse to hitting other horses with a whip.

Below a video of a past edition of Palio.

(via YouTube)

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»» Video of Palio di Siena

A video of “Palio di Siena” held on July 2, 2007.
The most known of the historic horse races takes place in Siena, Tuscany, two times a year, on July 2 (Palio di Provenzano) and on August 16 (Palio dell’Assunta).

(via YouTube).

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»» “Palio dell’Assunta” in Siena – August 16

The city of Siena is to host the “Palio dell’Assunta“.

This August 16th’s edition of the most famous historical horse race is dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It is a perfect mix of sacred and profane.

As usual Piazza Del Campo, large shell-shaped square dominated by a 300 feet tower, is set to host this 90-second race, where jockeys dressed in medieval costume representing the districts of the city (contrade), ride bareback on horses, by competing for the Palio.
As usual, there is the magical atmosphere infusing the city during the Palio days with the big rivalry among the contrade.

Where: Siena (Tuscany)
When: August 16

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»» Weekly Video: Palio of Siena

Siena is to hosts the Palio of July 2. Its the first of the two annual Palio held in the Tuscan city.

The Palio of Siena takes place two times a year, July 2 (Palio di Provenzano) and August 16 (Palio dell’Assunta).
Below a video of the most famous historic horse races.

(via YouTube).

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»» The Palio of Siena on August 16

The second Palio of Siena is aproaching, with the Palio dell’Assunta is taking place on August 16. In Siena there is the typical magical atmosphere infusing the city during the Palio days.

The most famous among the horse historical races, which resembles a medieval heraldic ritual dating to the 13th century, takes place each year on July 2 and August 16, in this hilltop city surrounded by the typical Tuscan landscapes.

A atmosphere featured by the big rivalry among the contrade. The Contrada of Pantera was the winner of the Palio of July, and also is one of the tipped, along Nicchio and Tartuca for this Palio dell’Assunta.

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