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Siena: Il Palio di Provenzano
July 2, 2019 - August 16, 2019
One event on August 16, 2018 at 12:00 am
The perimeter of the main piazza in Siena is covered in a clay-sand mixture transforming the tiny town into a racetrack for this most famous of horse races. Dating back to 1310, tradition has it that jockeys chosen to represent 10 of the 17 districts of the city ride bareback on horses three times around the Piazza del Campo. Although the whole race lasts under two minutes, the excitement leading up to the race and the celebration of the winning team afterwards draw locals, tourists, and even celebrities from all over the world. Held on two days each year – July 2 and August 16.
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