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the city of the Palio

Siena, located in the heart of Tuscany and surrounded by hills, is one of the most beautiful medieval towns' s Italy.Heart of Siena is the famous Piazza del Campo, with its unusual shell shape, which takes place the famous Palio di Siena. The Palio is a passionate horse race that takes place every year in July and August and its origins seem to date back to the seventeenth century.

According to legend Siena was founded by Senio, the son of Remus, and in town there are several statues of the mythical Romulus and Remus suckled by the wolf. Piazza del Campo is the heart of Siena since the time of the Romans, who had their own Forum here. The field is dominated by the Red City Hall and its tower, called Torre del Mangia. The City Hall, as well as the Cathedral, built during the government of the Nine, which was the heyday of economic and cultural Siena. The palace today houses the municipal offices, similar to the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. The courtyard inside the building also gives access to the Museum and the Torre del Mangia, on top of which, climbed the 500 steps, you can enjoy a splendid view over the city. In the Civic Museum holds some of the finest paintings of the Sienese school. The Consistory Hall offers one of the finest works of Domenico Beccafumi, who frescoed ceilings depicting the cycle of public virtues. In Mappamonto Hall and the Hall of Peace (or Sala dei Nove) then there are true masterpieces: the great Majesty and the equestrian portrait of Guidoriccio da Fogliano at the siege of Montemassi Simone Martini and the Allegories of Good and Bad Government Ambrogio Lorenzetti, considered one of the major cycles of paintings of the Middle Ages.

Palio of Siena
The Palio is much more than just an event for the people of Siena, is part of their lives from birth. The Contrada, so called members of a Contrada, participate in the life of their district and to 'the whole organization of the Palio'. The Palio of Siena live with great passion and transport and certainly you will realize it if you have the opportunity to attend a race. The Palio is a very complex event, which throughout history has been enriched by many rules, customs and practices, many of which are known only to Contrada. Below are some of the basic rules and traditions of the Palio, there will certainly be useful to better understand the 'event. The Palio race, also called "career", is held every year on July 2 (Palio di Provenzano in honor of the Madonna di Provenzano) and August 16th (Palio 's Assumption, in honor of the' Assumption of Mary). During the Palio of Siena's main square, Piazza del Campo, is equipped for travel el 'link which will take place on the run is covered with tuff. For every career involved 10 out of 17 Contrade: seven are those who have not during the previous year in that Palio, while other three districts are rather randomly. The days of the Palio are actually four in the fourth race is the competition. The first day of the Palio is held the "traffic", ie the 'lottery el' allocation of horses to different contrade.

The Palio is certainly a unique opportunity to experience the warmth and passion of the city of Siena. If you have the opportunity to participate in the Palio, you should not miss because you are unlikely to happen again to take part in a festival so addictive. Is possible to attend the Palio race free from' inside the Piazza del Campo, which we suggest you get at least around 16:30 (unless you want to find room for the columns, ie the edge of the runway of tufa, which are in There is usually up in the morning, especially those close to the move and Fonte Gaia). All 'inside of the square, you can buy drinks to cool off, but there are no public toilets. We strongly encourage you to provide water and drinks and take at least a hat to protect yourself from the sun.