The Palio of Siena is a horse race competition among ten of the seventeen Districts (Contrada) in which the city is divided.
The race traditionally called “Carriera” takes place twice a year, on July,2nd dedicated to the Madonna of Provenzano and on August 16th in honor of Our Lady of the Assumption.
To win the race, horse (with or without jockey) must cut the finish line first after three laps of the Campo Square (Piazza del Campo).
The winner District receives the Palio, a banner of silk ( Drappellone or Cencio ) that is hand painted by local or international artists . This prestigious prize will be carefully preserved in the museum of the Contrada forever.
The next horse race will take place on Monday, July 2nd and the protagonists will be the following Contrada: Eagle ( Aquila)/ Giraffe ( Giraffa)/ Unicorn (Leocorno)/ Shell (Nicchio)/Wave(Onda)/Forest (Selva)/ Snail (Chiocciola)/ Dragon (Drago)/ Tortoise (Tartuca)/ Caterpiller (Bruco).
The fateful moment of the race will be, as always, preceded by amazing days full of events as the presentation of Drappellone on Monday, June 25th at 7 p.m. inside the Cortile del Podestà ( Courtyard of Palazzo Pubblico in Piazza del Campo), followed by Friday, June 29th with the draw for the horses (the so-called “Tratta”), and then the horse trials, the historical parade …everything up to the long-awaited day of the Carriera emphasized by ancient sounds like the bell of the Tower, or the sound of trumpets (Chiarine).
A magical atmosphere to live intensely immersed between past and present, songs and prayers … and so much feeling.
For detailed information about the program please contact Hotel Siena Borgo Grondaie.
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