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The stage: Piazza del Campo

Even though Il Palio is now well known to tourists who now come from all over the world to witness it, the Sienese maintain an emotional commitment that makes the event seem as if it’s from another time. Despite the cameras and phones in the hands of everyone in the crowd, when you look over the entire piazza you experience an old-world sporting atmosphere with no trace of electronic signs or advertising. What catches your eye are the vivid colors of the traditional banners and costumes of the contrade.

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