Siena – The Palio

The Palio is the most important event organized in the city of Siena and takes place every year on July 2nd and August 16th. In the Palio the different Siena districts, or the “zones” in which the city is divided, challenge each other in a passionate horse race in Piazza del Campo.

Siena is currently divided into 17 Contrade: Aquila, Bruco, Chiocciola, Civetta, Drago, Giraffa, Istrice, Leocorno, Lupa, Nicchio, Oca, Onda, Pantera, Selva, Tartuca, Torre, Valdimontone.
Each Contrada is characterized by a unique coat of arms and colors and occupies a specific area of ??the city. Walking through the streets of Siena you can easily understand which Contrada you are in, observing the flags and coats of arms displayed along the roads.

The Palio race has very remote origins, in fact there are news of palios with horses in Siena at least since the seventeenth century.