‘ITALY SIENA PALIO’

An aerial view of Siena’s Piazza del Campo square in Tuscany, central Italy, Wednesday Aug. 15, 2001, where a crowd of about 30,000 gathered to see the trials for Thursday’s Aug. 16 Madonna dell’Assunta (Virgin of the Assumption) Palio horse race. The Palio, which has been run since 1656, is a breakneck, bareback dash three times around Siena’s main square. A fierce competition among Siena’s neighborhoods, the Palio lasts just about a minute. But people spend all year preparing for the race and for the elaborate banquets and pageants that accompany it. (AP Photo/Fabio Muzzi)

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