Palio of Siena

The event that I chose is the Palio di Siena. It’s a race between horses which takes place in Siena.
It’s a race between the 17 districts with different colors. The winner of the race will win an award called “rag” or a banner symbolizing victory.
The day before the race in each district there is a dinner, where people sing for their colors and have fun.
It is a well-known event throughout Italy and much loved. In fact, many people each year go to Siena to see the Palio and it is also broadcast on television. It has a very old tradition that dates back to the Middle Ages. I really like it, I have never been to see the Palio in Siena but I’ve always seen it on TV. Actually, I like to see every type of horse racing!

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The White Night in Pontedera

The White Night in Pontedera is an events organized by the municipality and the shop-owners of Pontedera which takes place every year in early September. Each year the traders and the municipality welcome many visitors from the neighboring cities.

This event is very interesting because every store which participates in the event is open until late at night and this is very nice especially for young people.

Traders are able to create a more exciting atmosphere every year. There are concerts, mini markets, demonstrations of dancing and singing.

Every year more and more people are participating in this event where you can see real live concerts, which you obviously do not have to pay for.

We can reach Pontedera by car, bus or train, but it is recommended to arrive early to be able to park your car near the centre or to enjoy a meal with friends. But don’t worry because in Pontedera there is also a free shuttle service!

I like this event because every year I can see how much effort traders put in the details.

  The course of Pontedera 

The handwheel of the White Night

A concert in Pontedera

Palio of Buti

The Palio of Buti is a folklore event which takes place in Buti. The Palio is based on a horse race where seven jockeys challenge one another to win the Palio.
Seven horses and jockeys represent the seven districts of the village.

Every year on the 3rd Sunday of January the horse race that takes place in the main street of Buti.
The horse race is divided into 3 batteries and the final.

Each district has its name and its colour. The districts are San Michele, Pievania, San Rocco, San Nicolao, Ascensione, San Francesco, La Croce.

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PROGRAM OF SUNDAY:
At 8:00 a.m Blessing of the Horses and Mass
At 10:30 a.m Folklore Parade
At 14:00 p.m Horse Race

The price is 15,00€

I like this event because in this period of the year there are a lot of people united for the same reason.