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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