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Il Palio

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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.
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53100 Siena, Province of Siena, Italy
Each spring as a child, I looked forward to the annual Derby Day party in our family backyard when my parents’ friends donned odd hats and downed mint julips. Somehow, I thought Il Palio was going to bring back childhood memories, but the Kentucky...