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It’s a very ancient competition between the city wards, which dates back to Middle Ages and from time immemorial draws the attention of tourists from all over the world.
The feast lasts 4 days, during which visitors will have the chance to watch the meticulous preparation of the race. The morning of August 13th for example, is a symbolic date during which the so-called “Tratta” takes place, that is the assigning of the horses to each contrada.
On the occasion of the edition 2009, only ten of the seventeen city contradas will challenge each other. The seven contradas which didn’t run in the Palio of last August are excluded from the race.
The award will be the famous “Drappellone”, which according to tradition has to be created and produced by an artist living in Siena.
- Aquila (Eagle)
- Tartuca (Tortoise)
- Torre (Tower)
- Nicchio (Seashell)
- Pantera (Black Panther)
- Selva (Forest)
- Oca (Goose)
- Bruco (Caterpillar)
- Valdimontone (literally, “Valley of the Ram” â€“ often shortened to Montone)
- Drago (Dragon)
In addition, tourists will have the opportunity to watch the Palio from the tribunes placed around the square (with fee), from the windows or balconies of their hotels or in the square itself, which is every year more and more crowded.