The blessing of the horse before the Palio of Siena
Siena, Italy. 2nd July 2013 -- Before you run the Palio di Siena, the horses are blessed in the church of the respective districts. Ten horses and riders, bareback and dressed in the appropriate colours, represent ten of the seventeen contrade, or city wards. -- Before you run the Palio di Siena, the horses are blessed in the church of the respective districts. The Palio di Siena is a horse race that is held twice each year, on July 2 and August 16, in Siena, Italy.
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