Palio di Siena July 2 and August 16
The Palio di Siena is a world famous horse race that occurs every year in Siena, Italy on July, 2 and August 16 at the Piazza del Campo.
The Palio was first run on August 16, 1656, to celebrate the apparition of the Virgin Mary near the houses that belonged to Provenzano Salvani.
The Palio is connected with the origin of the Contradas of Siena (districts in Siena). Originally, there were around fifty-nine “Contrade”; now only seventeen remains. Today ten Contrade take part in the historical pageant and in the horse race at each Palio (seven are guaranteed by right and three are drawn by lots).