Palio di Siena 2011: Palio Horse Race in Siena - First Race
On July 2nd, 2010 in the beautiful Piazza del Campo of Siena will take place the traditional and historical Palio horse race (Palio di Siena) which is one of the most famous popular Italian event.
The race takes its name "Palio" from the italian word which means "banner". This banner, or Palio, is the prize given to the winning Contrada of the race. The Palio banner is also affectionately referred to by the Senese as the "Drappellone", the big drape, or the "Cencio", the rag.
The July edition of the Palio is named Palio of Provenzano - the August race is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and named Palio dell'Assunta.