Palio di Siena – August – Siena
August 16, horse eventful race between the ancient districts of the town
The Palio di Siena (Siena Palio) is taking place for the second time on August 16th. The Palio is a horserace, a complex and ancient historical reenactment organized by the Municipality of Siena.
The city of Siena is divided into 17 “Contrade” (districts), established in 1729 by the governor Violante di Baviera.
As in July, only 10 districts out of 17 run the race in August: 7 of them who didn’t run in the previous Palio and 3 of them are drawn among those that participated in the race. The drawing occurs on the first Sunday after the Palio in July.
Before the race of Palio di Siena, takes place the well-known Historic Promenade (Passeggiata Storica), a historic parade made of 600 characters in customs representing the 17 districts and the old Republic of Siena. The parade starts from Piazza del Duomo and walks through the city centre and then reaches Piazza del Campo.
The main square Piazza del Campo is properly equipped and set for the race, which consists of riding 3 laps bareback (no saddle).
Anyone can watch the Palio di Siena (and the trials) for free from the middle of the Piazza.
It is also possible to watch the Palio from the bleacher seats, the balconies or the windows over-looking the Piazza by paying an admission fee.
As there is no one general ticket office for the ticket sales, you need to contact the person who manages the stages or the owners of the apartments that face the main square.
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