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    Palio di Siena – Palio di Provenzano 2023

    Date: 2 July 2023

    Palio di Provenzano 2023, the first act of Palio di Siena 2023, held in honour of the Madonna of Provenzano, will take place on Sunday, July 2, 2023, in Siena. Palio di Siena is a historical reenactment event held twice a year in Siena – Palio di Provenzano on July 2, dedicated to the Madonna of Provenzano, and Palio dell’Assunta on August 16, in honor of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. Palio di Siena is practically a horse race between the 17 contrade (districts or wards) of the city, held in the shell-shaped square Piazza del Campo. The race is preceded by the Corteo Storico (Historical Procession), a parade of about 700 people dressed in medieval costumes. Only 10 contrade out of a total of 17 will participate in the event – three drawn from last year’s participants and seven that were not present at the previous edition of Palio di Provenzano.   SHORT HISTORY Horse races in Siena are held since the 13th century, when the Palio was the closing event of the annual festival dedicated to the patron saint of the city, Mary of the Assumption. Initially, there were many contrade, but after the plague of 1347, Read more [...]

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    Palio di Siena – Palio dell’Assunta 2023

    Date: 16 August 2023

    Palio dell’Assunta 2023, the second act of Palio di Siena 2023, dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, will take place on Wednesday, August 16, 2023, in Siena. Palio di Siena is a historical reenactment event between the 17 contrade (districts) of the Tuscan city, held twice a year in the main square of the town, Piazza del Campo. The event held on July 2 is called Palio di Provenzano and it’s dedicated to the Madonna of Provenzano, while the one held on August 16 is known as Palio dell’Assunta, and takes place in honor of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. A contrada is named after a street, a church or an illustrious family residing on its territory. The 17 contrade of Siena still competing today are Aquila (Eagle), Bruco (Caterpillar), Chiocciola (Snail), Civetta (Little Owl), Drago (Dragon), Giraffa (Giraffe), Istrice (Crested Porcupine), Leocorno (Unicorn), Lupa (She-Wolf), Nicchio (Seashell), Oca (Goose), Onda (Wave), Pantera (Panther), Selva (Forest), Tartuca (Tortoise), Torre (Tower) and Valdimontone (Valley of the Ram). Only 10 teams out of a total of 17 will participate in the race. The number of the participating contrade is composed from seven that didn’t compete at the previous edition Read more [...]