Cosima Spender on the thrills of Siena’s Palio

October 3, 2015

The Siena-born director of a compelling new documentary about the historic Palio horse race on the passions, plots, food and sights of her Tuscan hometown
The Palio in pictures

Siena is an incredible jewel of a city and still has a medieval spirit. I was born in the countryside nearby and think of it as home.

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It isn’t a city that has soaked up many outside influences. It’s a very Tuscan place, one with fortified walls and big city gates, le porte. In one part of the city walls, you can still see what was once a fireplace and a little window and you can imagine the man who used to sit there and take the tax (dazio) from the country folk for entering the city.

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