“Piazza di Siena” Horse Show Jumping Event in Rome

In May 2010, the most expected international equestrian competition comes back in Rome: “Concorso Ippico Internazionale Piazza di Siena”.

The Concorso Ippico Internazionale “Piazza di Siena” is an equestrian race that takes place yearly since 1922 in Rome in Piazza di Siena, an area located inside Villa Borghese. Since 1926, it has become an international competition and it is part of the Samsung Super League circuit, which gathers the most important eight CSIO in the world and where the best international riders take part in.

During such a competition, also other many events will take place, such as Coppa delle Nazioni, Gran Premio di Potenza, Gran Premio Roma and the Carosello dei Carabinieri.

A nearly 80 years old tradition, which at each edition gathers more and more visitors, horse races lovers or just curious people from all over the world.

The 78th edition of Rome horse show jumping will start just today 27th May and will continue ‘til Sunday 30th May. It will be the 2nd of 8 appointments that made the Meydan FEI Nations Cup™, together with similar competitions: La Baule (France), San Gallo (Switzerland), Rotterdam (Netherlands), Falsterbo (Sweden), Aquisgrana (Germany), Hickstead (Great Britain), Dublino (Ireland).

Piazza di Siena took its name from the city of origin of one of the most ancient and aristocratic families in Rome, the Borghese Princes. It was built under the will of Prince Marcantonio who, in the end of the 18th century, ordered to the architects Mario and Antonio Asprucci a new square, in order to celebrate the places of memory of the beloved Tuscan city. In fact, what he really wanted was to recall the traditions and the folkloristic events such as the palios, which took place for the Middle Ages in Siena.

A very stunning story rich of traditions belonging to two different cities like Rome and Siena, which mix together in a unique event.

So, we wait for you in Rome, from today to Sunday 30th May 2010. A perfect occasion for spending a week-end in the eternal city!

For further information about events in Rome, museums in Rome, or visiting Rome, remember the useful online tourist guide to Rome, www.aboutroma.com.

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