Il Palio by Francesco Cito

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© Francesco Cito / Panos Pictures..Siena, Tuscany, Italy. The Palio. ..The victory banquet, the winning horse rewarded with a bed of straw in the middle of the table...Twice each summer, the Piazza del Campo in the medieval Tuscan town of Siena is transformed into a dirt racetrack for Il Palio, the most passionately contested horse race in the world. The race, which lasts just 90 seconds, has become intrinsic to the town's heritage since it was first run in 1597.