The world's craziest horse race

Our intrepid reporter visits the Palio de Siena

Originally Published: October 23, 2012
By Kenny Mayne | ESPN The Magazine

TWICE EVERY SUMMER, Siena -- a picturesque medieval city in the heart of Tuscany -- is transformed from a quiet tourist getaway into the setting for the craziest horse race in the world. The Palio di Siena has been run in the city's historic center since 1656, pitting Siena's 17 neighborhoods against one another in a competition so intense that it makes the Kentucky Derby seem like the third race at Aqueduct on a Wednesday.

But here, there is no betting on the horses. ...

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