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Category:Palio di Siena

English: The Palio di Siena (known locally simply as Il Palio) is a horse race held twice each year on July 2 and August 16 in Siena, Italy, in which ten horses and riders, bareback and dressed in the appropriate colours, represent ten of the seventeen Contrade, or city wards. The Palio held on July 2 is named Palio di Provenzano, in honour of the Madonna of Provenzano, who has a church in Siena. The Palio held on August 16 is named Palio dell'Assunta, in honour of the Assumption of Mary.

A magnificent pageant, the Corteo Storico, precedes the race, which attracts visitors and spectators from around the world.

The race itself, in which the jockeys ride bareback, circles the Campo, on which a thick layer of dirt has been laid, three times and usually lasts no more than 90 seconds. It is not uncommon for a few of the jockeys to be thrown off their horses while making the treacherous turns in the piazza, and indeed it is not unusual to see unmounted horses finishing the race without their jockeys.
Français: Le Palio de Sienne (en italien, Il Palio di Siena ou, plus simplement, Il Palio) est le plus connu des Palii italiens. C'est une course de chevaux, qui se tient deux fois par an (le 2 juillet pour le « Palio di Provenzano », et le 16 août pour le « Palio dell'Assunta ») dans la ville de Sienne, sur le Campo (Le Champ), place centrale. Chaque couple cavalier/cheval représente un des dix-sept quartiers de la ville. Une grande parade précède la course qui attire des spectateurs du monde entier.

Le 9 septembre 2000 a eu lieu en outre un Palio jubilaire (extraordinaire) à l'occasion du Jubilé de l'an 2000 (Sienne se trouve sur la via Francigena, route des pèlerins se rendant à Rome).

Les chevaux et les cavaliers arborent les couleurs et les armes de leurs quartiers.

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