...being there, but without the crowds

...being there, but without the crowds

Istrice wins Masgalano 2016

Sep 2016

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

The committee Amici del Palio in Piazza del Campo

Aug 2015

Torre and Selva get the Palio 2015

The Palio, agust 2015

Torre and Selva are proud to get the Palio for 2015 season

Dec 2015

The Palio movie, a perfect introduction!

The Palio documentary movie introduces you to the complexity of the race... Which is not really (only) a horse race!

Aug 2016

Palio 2016, Lupa triumphs!

Both Palii are brought in the Cathedral

After waiting for long  27 years, Lupa triumphs in 2016 with both Palii, what a great celebration for Lupa!