It’s perhaps Italy’s most famous annual sporting event.
The Palio is not a manifestation exhumed and organized for tourism purposes: it is the life of the Sienese people over time and in its various aspects and feelings.
It has remote origins with some regulations still valid since 1644, the year in which the first prize with horses was run, as it still happens, in continuity never interrupted.
The territory of the City is divided into seventeen Contrade with borders established in 1729 by the Violante Notice of Bavaria, Governor of the City.
The traditional Palio races are held in the "Campo" on July 2 and August 16 of each year.