The extraordinary Palio will be held in October: the districts have decided by a majority for the yes.This information does not excite everybody’s attention outside of Siena.But in Siena this creates such an excitement:the idea that once-definitely once upon a time-there will be a third horse race in the same year, creates a big movement in the town.
The horse race will be dedicated to the centenary for the end of the First World
We have to take into consideration that Palio horse race is not an event created for tourists, but it is the life of people from Siena.The town is divided in 17Contradas (districts) and their life along the year is organized to better take part in the Palio horse races which usually take place on the 2nd of July and 16th of August.It has been like that for centuries,as this old picture about the colours of the various jokes show.
And the excitement every time they win and they lead the horse into the church.
Also into this beautiful Church :the duomo of Siena!!!
As children Sienese people take part into the contrada life and preparation for Palio.There are even various spots in the town where the children can pretend to run a Palio with the barberi(wooden balls),as we explained in a older post.
To get a lot of infomation on the Palio have a look at a nice Palio web
and for beautiful photos at www.paliosiena.photography
If you are occasionally near Siena in this time of the year,take advantage and enjoy this exciting moment !!!