The race is brutal, on both the horses and the riders. Though only ten teams compete, the track is narrow and the corners are tight with the sides of each lane packed with friends and visitors. So the riders race at close quarters, often smashing into each other on speeding horses that weigh more than half-a-ton. When crashes do occur, they can be devastating to watch. The Palio di Siena is evocative of gladiatorial bouts from Italy’s ancient past.
Siena – Been There

The horse race that’s a religion

Photo by Janus Kinase

Siena – Been There The horse race that’s a religion

Ask anyone from Siena whether the Palio or the soccer World Cup is more important and they will look at you with astonishment: “The World Cup is everybody’s business, the Palio is Siena’s own.”

Alberto Buzzola
Alberto Buzzola Travel Writer & Photographer
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When the day of the race finally comes, the Piazza del Campo becomes a sea of over 75,000 passionate onlookers. Photo by Janus Kinase

Janus Kinase

Janus Kinase

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When the day of the race finally comes, the Piazza del Campo becomes a sea of over 75,000 passionate onlookers.

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