On July 2nd, the Tuscan town of Siena celebrated its first Palio of 2013. The Palio is a world-famous horse-race run through the Piazza del Campo — the town’s main square. This race pits a horse from each of Siena’s ten contrades against each other, and much local pride is on the line. This event is definitely one of the highlights of the European festival season — and if you missed the race on July 2nd, you can always catch the second race run on August 16th!
Here are some photos of Palios past: