...being there, but without the crowds
The Masgalano is the prize that in the city of Siena assigns to the Contrada whose appearance appears to be the best for elegance, dignity of posture and coordination during both historical parades preceding the Palio.
The name is a derivation from the Spanish mas (more), and gallant (smart). Traditionally the price is a silver platter embossed, or a basin, but nowadays could turn into a real silver sculpture.
It is awarded by a jury made up of two representatives from each of the 17 Contrade and gathered in a Committee of "Amici del Palio" (Friends of the Palio). Each Contrada annually appoint their own representatives.
This year Istrice wins this prestigious Masgalano price, a good news for the contrada who saw her enemy win twice the Palio, a so called Cappotto victory.
The committee Amici del Palio in Piazza del Campo
Torre and Selva are proud to get the Palio for 2015 season
The Palio documentary movie introduces you to the complexity of the race... Which is not really (only) a horse race!