Horses running through Piazza del Campo can only mean one thing, “Il Palio” has returned! The biannual July 2nd and August 16th summer events draw thousands of Italians to Siena to watch and see if their “contrade” or district’s horse will win. A special hand-painted silk banner of the Virgin Mary created for each race goes to the winner. This banner (or “palio”) is thought to deliver great luck to the district that wins it. The bareback race has taken place in Siena since 1656 and continues again this year, so don’t miss it because it’s only 90 seconds.
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