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Siena waits for visitors to offer them an exciting and unforgettable experience.No other city keeps alive the cultural and civil heritage of the Middle Ages like Siena, with the Palio and the 17 Contrade, with its masterpieces of art and the historic center similar to a widespread museum.Siena organizes over 600 events each year, often of extraordinary quality such as summer music festivals and large exhibitions. In Siena, craftsmanship, gastronomy and wines reach excellence and bring a message of culture and tradition.This is Siena, the capital of the gothic that, since 1995, is part of the Unesco world heritage.
Siena and the Palio Along with its distinctive striped cathedral, Siena is famous for the Palio, a summer celebration that has been a tradition here since the Middle Ages and is one of the most exciting events you can witness anywhere! Held twice each summer (July 2 and August 16), the Palio begins with a colorful medieval procession that culminates in a wild horse race around the Piazza del Campo. There are almost no rules, so anything goes. It’s even possible for a riderless horse to win; in fact, it’s considered good luck! The Palio has been going on for more than 800 years. Riders from each of the city’s neighborhoods, called “contrade,” dress up in medieval costumes for the competition. There are 17 contrade, each with an animal as its symbol. The “Palio” is an embroidered banner that is the prize for winning the race. And if you see any grown-ups wearing or sucking on baby pacifiers, it just means they belong to the contrada that won! Even if you don’t visit during the Palio, Siena is a great city to explore. Il Campo is a top spot for people-watching, and you can climb the Torre del Mangia, the tall bell tower of the Palazzo Publico. If you are there when they ring the bells, you will never forget it!