Senese people crowded again Piazza del Campo for Palio, a race that is a time travel and a journey through the emotions of the inhabitants. The Contrada of Goose (Oca) ha won the Palio held on 2nd July, dedicated to the Madonna di Provenzano, thanks to the jockey Giovanni Atzeni, also known as Tittìa, and his horse Guess, the protagonists of a breathtaking gallop that assigne the 65th victory to “people of Fontebranda” (this is another name of the Contrada).
Is almost impossible to describe Palio di Siena, because every Senese lives this event as a crucial challenge, something that express the most genuine aspect of his identity, in fact here the most important thing is your own Contrada, then the town and at the end the national identity.
Who wants to come in Siena during the Palio finds a lively mood, probably this is the greates attraction for worldwide tourists. The Oca has won the Palio on 2nd July 2011 and 2007 with the same jockey, a good omen for the Contrada, despite the rivalry with others Contradas (the others that took part in the race were Valdimontone, Pantera, Istrice, Torre, Onda, Nicchio, Civetta and Leocorno).
Among the celebrities which belongs to the winning Contrada there is Gianna Nannini, who immediately joined the celebrations.
The jockey Atzeni rode a 11 years old gray horse, Guess, and went ahead at the first bend, after a quick head to head with the Torre jockey and the others competitors, conquering the Drappellone (the Rag). The next event, Palio dell’Assunta, will be on Friday 16th August, our tip is to plan your stay in advance to see the race: entrance at Piazza del Campo is free, the seat at stages and balconies that overlook the square are limited and with fee, so you have to book early.
In the following video you can see the outstanding moments of Palio and the Oca victory.