Palio dell'Assunta

Sports | Equestrian, Palio dell’Assunta (Palio di Siena), August, Siena, Italy
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The Palio di Siena is a horse race that is held twice each year, on 2 July and 16 August, in Siena, Italy. Ten horses and riders, bareback and dressed in the appropriate colours, represent ten of the seventeen contrade, or city wards. The Palio held on 16 August is named Palio dell'Assunta, in honour of the Assumption of Mary.

The Palio was run for the first time in 1701 in honour of the "Madonna dell'Assunta" the patroness and Advocate of Siena through all the tragic events since she protected the Sienese militia at the famous battle of Monteaperti on September 4, 1260, against the Florentines.

The historic centre of Siena has been declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site. It is one of the nation's most visited tourist attractions and is famous for its cuisine, art, museums, medieval cityscape and the Palio.

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Event
Palio dell'Assunta
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Category
Equestrian
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Date
Mid August 2022
Location
Location
Siena
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