Month: August 2017

Incredible images of the famous Palio di Siena horse race in Italy last weekend

The Palio di Siena, known locally simply as Il Palio, is a horse race that is held twice each year on 2 July and 16 August, in Siena, Italy.

Ten horses representing ten of the seventeen districts ‘Contradas’ with jockeys ‘Fantini’ riding bareback compete during a three lap race around a makeshift course built in the ‘Piazza del Campo’ the city’s central square to win the Palio banner.

The Palio di Siena is more than a simple horse race. It is the culmination of ongoing rivalry and competition between the contradas. The lead-up and the day of the race are invested with passion and pride. The Palio held on 2 July is named Palio di Provenzano, in honour of the Madonna of Provenzano, a Marian devotion particular to Siena which developed around an icon from the Terzo Camollia. The race winner is awarded a banner of painted silk, or palio, which is hand-painted by a different artist for each race.

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The main attractions in Hamburg, The world’s largest integrated complex – Speicherstadt

The Speicherstadt is one of the main attractions in Hamburg. The world’s largest integrated complex of warehouses was built in 1883, five years before Hamburg received its free port. Since 2015, the unique district has been added tot the UNESCO World Heritage List, making it … Continue reading The main attractions in Hamburg, The world’s largest integrated complex – Speicherstadt