The Palio di Siena
The Palio di Siena is one of the most famous events in the world loved and followed not only by those who, like us, love horses.
With the Palio di Siena we also want to briefly introduce you to the city that has always hosted it: Siena, one of the most elegant and historic Italian cities linked to the horse and the emotions it arouses.
Piazza del Campo
The Palio di Siena
The Palio di Siena takes place in Piazza del Campo, the central square with the characteristic fan shape, where the seat of the Palazzo Pubblico and the Torre del Mangia are located, a beautiful and thin 14th century tower from which you can enjoy a wonderful view on the seventeen historic districts of the city.
The Palio di Siena, which takes place on 2 July and 16 August of each year, is a race between horses mounted without saddle between the different districts (each district has its own horse) that monopolizes the attention on the city for several days.
This is because the Palio di Siena is not just a historical event or the reinterpretation of an ancient medieval joust, but it is the expression of the ancient and deeply rooted Sienese tradition.
The Palio di Siena is not an event that can be accomplished in a few days but is the result of an accurate and maniacal organization by the districts of the city, which lead an intense social and associative life throughout the year.
The seventeen neighborhoods
In Siena there are seventeen districts (Aquila, Bruco, Chiocciola, Civetta, Drago, Giraffa, Istrice, Leocorno, Lupa, Nicchio, Oca, Onda, Pantera, Selva, Tartuca, Torre and Valdimontone) but only ten of these can participate in the Palio and let’s see why.
At each race, the seven districts that did not participate in the previous year’s race will run and three of the ten districts that had already run a year before will be drawn by lot so that the districts that can take part in the event are always ten.
The draws take place about a month before the prize and the draw for the August Palio usually takes place on the Sunday following the July Palio.
The Palio di Siena and the well-being of horses
There is a strong controversy from animal welfare associations who consider competition to be extremely risky for the life of horses and, also due to public pressure, in recent years the Municipality has multiplied its efforts to ensure a high level of safety and veterinary support.
The award ceremony
Now a brief mention of Siena
Now that you know the Palio di Siena, stay with us again and discover the elegance of Siena, its palaces, its unique neighborhoods in the world that await visitors to offer them an exciting and unforgettable experience.
Siena, in Tuscany, is famous for its splendid medieval brick buildings and in Tuscany some jewels from our Jewerly Collection are born, splendid little horses in silver.
One of our little silver horses
No other city keeps the cultural and civil heritage of the Middle Ages alive 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 every year, often of extraordinary quality such as summer music festivals and large exhibitions.
In Siena, craftsmanship, gastronomy and wines reach excellence and carry a message of culture and tradition.
This is Siena, the gothic capital which, since 1995, is part of the Unesco world heritage and don’t forget to read our tips for your horseback riding in Tuscany.
Horseback riding in Tuscany
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