Il Palio in Siena is the world’s most spectacular horse race dating back to 1283. Siena’s grand, famous medieval square Piazza del Campo is covered with soil, transforming it into a breathtaking racecourse. Il Palio is the culmination of ongoing rivalry and competition between the contrade (districts). 10 of the 17 contrade compete, riding bareback in colorful outfits, but only one gains the honor of being Palio champion.
Siena’s entire year revolves around these races. Young drummers prepare and practice their rhythms, flag bearers rehearse all around the city, the leaders of each contrada barter throughout the year to get the best jockeys and the best horses. It is an experience unlike any other, with passion, rivalry and history, giving you a unique chance to make a photographic story about an authentic moment in time.