"The Palio left me a cutin the soul shaped like a smile" (Tripolino, jockey)
The wonderful city of Siena is getting ready for its centenary tradition: the Palio. The Palio is not just a horse race or a tourist attraction, it is a way of life.
The event takes place on 2nd July and 16th August each year, days in which the10 horses assigned to the Contrade have to complete three times the lap of the suggestive Piazza del Campo, and only one of them will have the glory of winning the horse race, filling the hearts of “contradaioli” with joy. The winning “Contrada”, a city-ward, is awarded the “Palio”, a silk “drappellone” (a banner) hand-painted by an artist chosen from time to time, which is revealed to the public only a few days before therace. This year the “drappellone” was painted by the artist Laura Brocchi, who inserted in every centimeter of fabric a reference to her life and her memories.