Pictures of the Palio

The Palio is a bareback horse race between the different neighborhoods of Siena twice a year. It began as a religious celebration which has grown into an incredible tradition. It is a 4 day celebration with much pageantry, dinners, celebrations, etc.

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Procession into the Campo.
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Many, many people in Piazza del Campo to watch the Palio.

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Jockey's wear the colors of the neighborhood the ride for.
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Warming up the horses...

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At the starting line...

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And there off...
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Oops, it was a false start - go back.

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And there off for real...
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The first turn.

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The horses race by...
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with great speed...

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making it hard to take pictures.
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And the race is over...

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time to dismount.
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Cooling down a horse in the Sanctuary of St. Catherine afterwards.

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