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  The Palio of Siena

 
 

 

Located in the very heart of the city, Piazza del Campo is still used today for the well known Palio horse race which is one of the most famous popular and famous events in Italy. It takes place every year on July 2 and August 16. The Palio is run to celebrate the miraculous apparition of the Virgin Mary near the old houses that belonged to Provenzano Salvani. The holy apparition was therefore called "Madonna di Provenzano" in whose honor the very first Palio was run on August 16, 1656. The Palio was run for the first time in 1701 in honor of the "Madonna dell'Assunta" the patroness and Advocate of Siena through all the tragic events since she protected the Siena militia at the famous battle of Monteaperti on September 4, 1260, against the Florentines.

The Palio is a historical secular tradition strictly connected with the origin of the Contradas of Siena (districts into which the town is divided).

Originally, there were about fifty-nine "Contrade"; now only seventeen remain, ten of which take part in the historical pageant and in the race at each Palio.

It is a unique event, where the spirit of the city comes alive. The visitors will find themselves involved in an enthusiastic atmosphere of colors and traditions.

If you would like to have more information on purchasing tickets for the Siena Palio please contact our concierge: Valentina