Italy Siena

Piazza del Campo

A historic public square in Tuscany known for its shell shape, medieval architecture, and hosting the biannual Palio horse race.

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Move over Grand National, Italy has its very own legendary horse race. It takes place biannually on the oval-shaped piazza in the heart of handsome Siena. On a dusty track that’s laid between the medieval palazzos and cappuccino cafes, 10 riders compete to bring the honor home to their contrade (city ward). A warning: The Palio isn’t for the faint hearted. High speed and hard fought, you’ll need some serious moxie to see it through.

jrfrancis 3 years ago

Piazza del Campo Articles

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