palio di siena

Palio di Siena

The Palio di Siena is a competition between the Contradas of Siena in the form of an equestrian joust of medieval origin. It normally takes place twice a year: on July 2 the Palio is held in honor of the Madonna di Provenzano, the feast of the Visitation in its extraordinary form, and on August 16, the Palio in honor of the Assumption of the Madonna.