Palio di Siena – spectacular, antique & harmful
Palio di Siena is one of the most dangerous horse races in the world. Twice a year 10 out of 17 “contrades” (districts of Siena) compete against each other on the Piazza del Campo in Siena, Italy. 10 jockeys race bareback in the traditional dresses three laps on the sand covered ground of the piazza.
The night before, people are eating and drinking together in their districts on the streets. The next morning, the horses are blessed in the churches and the contrade’s people walk through the streets of their districts to the piazza. After various celebrations it took around 45 min just to start the horses, since the jockeys were playing back and forth with their competitors’ and their horses’ nerves.
The winner will be the contrade, whose horse is first, after 3 laps. It doesn’t matter, if the jockey is still on the horse’s back or not. You will see in the movie, that two horses lost their jockey