On July 2 and August 16 each year, thousands of spectators fill Siena’s main square, the Piazza del Campo, to witness this famous but controversial race dating back to the 16th century. The jockeys ride bareback on 10 horses representing 10 of the Italian city's 17 districts (or "contrade"), with the winner receiving a banner, the "palio." Here, some photos of Il Palio 2018.Awakening/Getty Images JOCKEYS, OR 'FANTINI,' RIDE BAREBACK Awakening/Getty Images THE MAKESHIFT RACECOURSE
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