Il Palio

Although there is no certainty of an exact date for the origins of the Palio, the myth says that Siena was founded with a ‘Palio’, ran by the sons of Remus: Senio and Aschio, who reached the city after escape from Rome.

What is certain is that the Palio is as old as Siena, and its history is linked forever with the one of the city. In the golden age of the  Sienese Republic – from the 13th to the 14th century – the Palio was the solemn and conclusive moment to celebrate the Assumption in the mid-August Fest.