I left my heart in Siena. Il Palio is a strange mixture of Kentucky Derby meets Fiesta de San Fermin meets a Renaissance Fair, but what’s remarkable is that it’s not the lowest common denominator of each of those comparisons. It’s the most competitive, daring horse race in the world. It’s a village festival full of fierce and fascinating rivalries. It’s got great historical appeal and is a must-see for anyone who loves formal costumes and gallantry.