What is the Palio di Siena?
Information and history of the Contrade of Siena
It’s one of the most celebrated events in Italy and famous all over the world. The Palio di Siena is a competition between the city’s seventeen Contrade (neighbourhoods) of very ancient origins.
On this page, you will find all the information related to Siena’s great historical and religious events including secrets, trivia and anecdotes. As well as the tradition and rules of this race that attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world every year in the summer.
Discover the Palio di Siena
The stable is a sacred place where the horse is kept during the Palio of Siena. The Palio is four
Contrada Oratories and the Blessing of the Horse
In Siena, the sacred and the profane are constantly intertwined, even in church. The Palio is just around the corner:
The final act of the historical procession of the Palio di Siena. The victory flag-waving is the final act of
Coveted prize won by the most elegant performers in both historical parades. On the day of the Palio di Siena,
History of the Palio
This is how the famous Sienese tradition originated The word palio derives from the Latin ‘pallium’ meaning drape. In the
Fontanine di Contrada
In Siena every citizen is baptized twice: in the church and then in the contrada to which they belong… with