Palio Races of July and August 2022: Who’s Running

August 16, 2022 Palio of the Assumption Here's an overview of the ten contradas (contrade) that will compete in the August, 2022 Palio, in the order in which they were extracted (drawn). Please see Extraction of the Contrade post for more background on the process): Tartuca (Turtle) - carried over from 2019Lupa (She-Wolf) - carried … Continue reading Palio Races of July and August 2022: Who’s Running

The Extraction of the Contrade: How Ten Competitors are Chosen for the Palio

(JULY PALIO, 2022: Scroll to the bottom for a list of the ten contrade that will compete in the upcoming Palio, based on the extraction (estrazione) which took place on May 29, 2022. Visitors who are fortunate enough to be in Siena during the days of the Palio (by sheer accident or otherwise) are often … Continue reading The Extraction of the Contrade: How Ten Competitors are Chosen for the Palio

Why do the Sienese wear neck scarves?

Excerpt adapted in part from my book, Living the Palio. Panther contradaioli (contrada members) wearing their fazzoletti while walking to the Duomo on the day of the Palio The strongest direct symbol of personal contrada identity is the contrada scarf, or fazzoletto, which is typically worn around one’s neck. Today, as in the past, the … Continue reading Why do the Sienese wear neck scarves?

Daily Schedule of Palio Events

The daily events and rituals associated with the Palio are (usually) on a fixed schedule that is predictable from one Palio to the next. A useful overview of the four days of the Palio is found here: Palio Time Schedules. Here is my own version of the typical schedule (below), based on my personal experiences … Continue reading Daily Schedule of Palio Events

Winning the Palio: the Drappellone

Excerpt adapted from my book, Living the Palio. (It's already written, so I'm happy to share it here.) A few traditions are quite different from US sporting events. The only payout for a victorious contrada is a cloth banner known as the drappellone or palio. The word palio actually holds a dual meaning here—for the … Continue reading Winning the Palio: the Drappellone