Palio di Siena 2019 → See the traditional (Sienese) horse races

Piazza del Campo, Siena, Italy Start Date: 02/07/2019 End Date: 02/07/2019

The Traditional Palio In Siena

  • The Second Palio di Siena is on August 16

History is being witnessed in the 21st century at the feverous Palio di Siena, where around forty thousand passionate Sienese and visitors overwhelm the city streets to take part of the traditions, music, food, and the highlighted horse race that ignites everyone with the aflame desire to win.

The Traditional Palio In Siena

  • The Second Palio di Siena is on August 16

History is being witnessed in the 21st century at the feverous Palio di Siena. Around forty thousand passionate Sienese and visitors overwhelm the city streets to take part of the traditions, music, food, and the highlighted horse race that ignites everyone with the aflame desire to win.

The Palio di Siena is a magnificent event dating back to the 6th century. It stills keeps its roots displayed throughout the medieval town colors and emblems announcing the entrance to the different contrade (districts). The ardent Palio competition among the contrade takes place at the Piazza del Campo on July 2nd, in honor of the Madonna of Provenzano, and August 16th, in honor of the Assumption of Mary.

The Palio di Siena is A must witness event for loves of authentic and euphoric experiences. Just know that the Palio rules have expanded throughout the centuries. Therefore, below you can find a brief description of the structure that will be useful to better enjoy the event:

 

The Palio di Siena Program

  • Event duration is 4 days including six trial runs and the main race happening the last day.
  • The 1st day is for the ‘tratta’ (drawing) for the lots and the horse assignment to the 10 contrade participating; around noon on June 29th and August 13th.  Also, the 1st trial run happens this day in the afternoon.
  • The following two days host the 2nd-5th trial runs or heats. One in the morning around 8:40 am and one in the afternoon around 7:15 pm.
  • On the day of Palio you can be part of several traditional events full of majestic charm. Here is the schedule:
  • 8:00 am with the ‘Messa del fantion’ (mass for the jockeys), following the 6th trial run, ‘provaccia’ (bad trial).
  • 10:30 am the ‘segnature dei fantini’ (jockey assignment) gets officiated in front of the town Mayor.
  • 3:00 pm each contrada officiates a blessing ceremony for their horse before they join the parade.
  • 5:00 pm the civic parade starts. A must see with over 600 participants wearing traditional costumes parading along vibrant music at Piazza del Campo.
  • Around 7:00 pm, the sound of the firecracker signals the horses’ entrance to the Piazza del Campo. They line up at ‘Mossa’ (beginning line).  The last horse enters at gallop to signal the beginning of the race, which consists of three laps around the ‘campo’ having to overcome dangerous sections and the 1st horse that crosses the finish line is the winner.
  • The winning contrada gets the ‘drappellone’ (large drape), a beautiful canvas painted by a different artist every year and displayed in the winning contrada museum.

 

So Why The Palio in Siena?

you will never forget this unique opportunity to mingle with the local Sienese and witness the Palio di Siena that has been passionately staged for centuries transforming it in a true one of a kind experience.

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