Siena welcomes return of Palio horse race after two years


Palio was cancelled for final two years on account of pandemic.

The historic Palio di Siena horse race returns on Saturday 2 July after being cancelled for the final two years on account of Italy’s covid restrictions.

The bareback race, which takes place within the coronary heart of the Tuscan metropolis of Siena, was referred to as off in 2020 – for the primary time since world battle two – and once more final yr.

The Palio dates again to the seventeenth century and is historically held on two dates, 2 July and 16 August, with the colorful spectacle attracting tens of hundreds of spectators.

Photograph credit score: M. Rohana /

The occasion sees riders and horses race three laps round Piazza del Campo, Siena’s central mediaeval sq., in a fiercely-contested competitors between 10 of town’s 17 rival contrade or neighbourhoods.

The contrade competing in Saturday’s race are Valdimontone, Civetta, Leocorno, Torre, Istrice, Drago, Bruco, Pantera, Lupa and Chiocciola.

Piazza del Campo for Palio di Siena

Aside from the final two years, the race has hardly ever been cancelled over the centuries, notably in 1855 on account of a lethal outbreak of cholera.

In recent times the Palio has been the topic of protest from animal rights activists who declare that horses endure struggling through the occasion.

The race begins within the early night of Saturday and might be broadcast reside on Italian tv community La7 from 17.30.

Cowl picture: Migel /

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