The Palio is a competition between the Contradas of Siena in the form of an equestrian joust of medieval origin. It is not an event exhumed and organized for tourism purposes: it is the life of the local people over time and in its various aspects and feelings.

It has remote origins, with some regulations still valid today from 1633, the year in which it is documented with certainty that the first Palio with horses was run, as it still happens, in continuity never interrupted (with the exception of the period of the two world wars of 20th century). The territory of the city is divided into seventeen Contrade with borders established in 1729 by the Bando of Violante of Bavaria, Governor of the City.

During the days before the main race, the tests are held and it’s precisely in these moments that it’s advisable to take photographs from otherwise inaccessible angles. Discretion, silence and a bit of luck make me arrive under one of the boxes in the main curves of Piazza del Campo, the scene of the oldest race in Italy.