Il Campo, Siena, Tuscany, Italy
2nd July and 16th August
During the short bareback dash around central
The crazy gleam in the mares’ eyes is reflected in the
The displays of loyalty are as much of a spectacle as the race itself. The horses are blessed in the
3 – lay a bet and smell the nervous sweat.
Get there four hours before the race starts for a place near the rails, or watch the warm-ups on previous days.
A World Heritage site, Gothic Siena also makes a great base for touring the medieval Tuscan towns of San Gimignano and Volterra.
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