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“You have to Siena this precious thing, and it is remarkable how in the Contradas conflict there is your union. The whole world falls apart and you are here with the vividness of these rites and the loyalty of centuries. I think it is the only example in Italy. There is a sort of mysterious cord between you and the people of Siena from all eras. It ‘nice, very nice! “Federico Fellini, director, 1970
Siena, in the heart of Tuscany and surrounded by hills, is one of the most beautiful medieval cities of Italy.
Hub of the city is the amazing Piazza del Campo, shell-shaped, where the famous Palio is held, one of the most important events for all Siena. The Palio of Siena is a passionate horse race that takes place every year, in July and August and its origins seem to date back to the seventeenth century.
Siena according to legend was founded by Senio, son of Remus, and in the city there are several statues of the mythical Romulus and Remus suckled by a wolf. Piazza del Campo is the nucleus of Siena since the time of the Romans, who had their court here. The square is dominated by the red Public Palace and its tower, called Torre del Mangia. The inner courtyard of the Palace leads to the Municipal Museum and the Torre del Mangia, the you can reach climbing the 500 steps and enjoy a splendid view of the city.
In the Museum they are preserved some of the finest paintings of the Sienese school. The Consistory Hall has the works of Domenico Beccafumi, who frescoed ceilings. In the Sala del Mappamondo and the Sala della Pace there are real masterpieces: the great Majesty and the equestrian portrait of Guidoriccio da Fogliano at the siege of Montemassi by Simone Martini and the Allegories of Good and Bad Government Ambrogio Lorenzetti, considered one of the major painting cycles of the Middle Ages.
Siena and the Palio
Ten Contrade of 17 run the Palio on July 2, the seven who did not during the Palio of July last year to which were added three drawn from the ten who ran it. The 10 Districts participating in the Palio race with a horse allocated to them by drawing lots from a list of selected horses among those physically fit. You can watch the test runs and the Palio accessing to the stands (stages) arranged around the square or on the windows and balconies that overlook it, or free from the inside of the square. The race itself consists of running three times around the Piazza del Campo, suitably located and equipped for the purpose, by mounting bareback the horse.