Fri 16 Aug 2013

Palio di Siena

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The Palio di Siena (known locally simply as Il Palio) is a horse race that is held twice each year, on July 2 and August 16 in Siena, Italy.Ten horses and riders, bareback and dressed in the appropriate colours, represent ten of the seventeen contrade, or city wards. The Palio held on July 2 is named Palio di Provenzano, in honour of the Madonna of Provenzano, who has a church in Siena.The Palio held on August 16 is named Palio dell'Assunta, in honour of the biblical Assumption of Mary.

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