Photographer's Note

Piazza del Campo in Siena.

Siena is known worldwide for its semi-annual horse race, The Palio, held on July 2 and August 16. Each of the city's contrade, or neighborhoods, compete in a bare-backed race in honor or the Madonna. Il Campo, the main square, serves as the race track, with sand and walls placed around its perimeter.

The traditional horse race “Palio”, is a perfect example of preserved medieval pageantry. In the early part of the day, horses and riders are blessed in the Cathedral and in their own individual Churches. Then they all meet and a cortege in historical costumes parades around the Campo to the peal of the bell in the Mangia Tower.The event is run twice yearly, traditionally on the same dates.

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