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Siena: events

Undoubtedly we can assert that the Sienese Palio delle Contrade is one of the most famous, beautiful and deeply loved Italian popular celebrations.


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Undoubtedly we can assert that the Sienese Palio delle Contrade is one of the most famous, beautiful and deeply loved Italian popular celebrations, which has summerized and developed, to the highest point, the characteristics both of a religious and of a civil festivity.

It is a historical and cultural revival, that reaches its climax in a wild horse race, in which the proud and the passionate competitiveness of the Contrade (town districts) achieve their realization and exaltation.

If you want to take part in the Palio, obviously as audience, you will surely attend a charming show.

It is a historical and cultural revival, that reaches its climax in a wild horse race, in which the proud and the passionate competitiveness of the Contrade (town districts) achieve their realization and exaltation.

These singular institutions, born in the 15th century, are today represented by the 17 neighbourhoods of Siena, according to the territorial boundaries fixed by a proclamation ban issued on 7th January 1730.

The Contrade, situated in the three town’s terzieri (districts), differ from one another in their colours.

Every Institution has got its own seat , its own church (separate and independent from the parish one) a Museum with the won Palios and it is governed by a Seggio (Council), elected by the people and controlled by a Prior, in turn partnered with a Captain, who has full powers during the race.


The Contrade, situated in the three town’s terzieri (districts), differ from one another in their colours.





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