“Palio”: An Insider View into the World’s Oldest (And Most Corrupt?) Horse Race

Nov 24, 2015 962

by Silvia Donati


For outsiders, the Palio may just be an ancient horse race, but, to the Sienese, it is much more than that: the Palio is life, they say. Hopes, dreams, passions, fears, battles, scheming and community: just as these elements are part of life, they are also a fundamental part of the Palio di Siena.

It is a race that lasts only 90 seconds and awards no prize money – just glory and a banner of painted silk. Yet, the Sienese work all year to prepare for it. 

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Fonte: L'italo-Americano

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