Among the most elegant and historic Italian cities linked to the emotions of the horse there is Siena, in Tuscany, famous for its Palio but also for its beautiful medieval brick buildings in the center.
Piazza del Campo, the central square with a characteristic fan shape, with the seat of the Palazzo Pubblico and the Torre del Mangia, a beautiful and slender tower of the fourteenth century from you can enjoy a wonderful view.
The seventeen historic districts are actually the city districts that extend all around right from the square.
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We leave to the specialized sites the many places of historical interest and better know the Palio di Siena, unique, exciting and engaging.
On July 2 and August 16 in Siena, in Piazza del Campo, the traditional Palio takes place, a competition of horses mounted bareback (without saddle) between the different districts of Siena that monopolizes the city’s attention for several days; This is because the palio is not just a historical event or the revisiting of an ancient medieval carousel, but it is the expression of the ancient and deeply rooted Sienese tradition.
The palio is not an event that can be made in a few days but is the result of an accurate and maniacal organization by the city districts, which lead an intense social and associative life throughout the year.
In Siena there are seventeen districts (Aquila, Bruco, Chiocciola, Owl, Dragon, Giraffe, Porcupine, Leocorno, Lupa, Nicchio, Goose, Onda, Pantera, Selva, Tartuca, Torre and Valdimontone) but only ten of these can participate in the Palio . Let’s see why.
At every race will run the seven districts that have not taken part in the race the previous year and will be drawn by chance three of the ten districts that had already run a year before so that the districts that can take part in the event are always ten .
The extractions take place about a month before the prize and the drawing by lot for the August Palio usually takes place on the Sunday following the July Palio.
There is a strong controversy on the part of animal welfare associations who consider the competition extremely risky for the life of horses and, also because of public pressure, in recent years the Municipality has multiplied its efforts to ensure a high level of safety and of veterinary support.
Now that you are aware of the Palio di Siena stay with us for a few minutes for the elegance of Siena, its palaces, its unique districts in the world that await visitors to offer them an exciting and unforgettable experience.
No other city keeps alive the cultural and civil heritage of the Middle Ages like Siena, with the Palio and the 17 Contrade, with its masterpieces of art and the historic center similar to a widespread museum.
Siena organizes over 600 events each year, often of extraordinary quality such as summer music festivals and large exhibitions.
In Siena, craftsmanship, gastronomy and wines reach excellence and bring a message of culture and tradition.
This is Siena, the capital of the gothic that, since 1995, is part of the Unesco World Heritage and do not forget to visit other Italian beauties that recommend Club Cavallo Italia as the Cinque Terre, Cortina d’Ampezzo, Portofino and Pesariis the city of clocks.
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