The Palio and its image: history, culture and representation of Siena's festival

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Nardini, 2003 - History - 575 pages
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This volume is the latest reference work covering Italy's most spectacular horse race, the Palio di Siena in Tuscany. It describes the origins of the "Contrade" the neighborhoods competing in the annual race and their symbols, the pictures of the Madonna, and the traditional costumes of the historic parades. It is a complete guide, in words and pictures, to Palio di Siena, from its very beginnings, and down through the centuries, to the race as it is run today. This book describes the effect of the Palio on the city and its surrounding districts, and discusses its influence on the cultural and physical development of the city. The blending of myth and reality in this legendary race is underscored and documented by the inclusion of important documents and astonishing pictures.

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