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The Thrill of the Chase

Having failed on previous occasions to see the actual races, Jane Keightley finally experiences all the pride and pageantry of Palio week in Siena…
Images by Jane Keightley

Clockwise from top left: the race doesn’t last long but there are thrills aplenty; snails (chiocciole) at the museum; panforte di Siena; the Palio flag; the chief bell-ringer; the pre-race dinner; there was time too to enjoy the beauty of the city; the afterrace celebrations

This was far from the first time I had visited Siena, but never before had I actually been there to experience the Palio. On one occasion I had arrived in town the day after, so I had experienced the euphoria of the winning contrada, but not the races themselves. This time, however, I was going to experience the full Quattro giorni del Palio, the four days running up to the event. Hedonistic Hiking, who organises this week, promised total immersion in the Palio experience – and that is precisely what I got.

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