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Il palio di Siena e i suoi simboli

di Alessandro Savorelli

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by A. Savorelli
publication year: 1999
paperback, 150x210 mm, 144 pp.
112 colour photos and illustrations

88-85957-32-3 Italian

The banners of Siena’s contrade are part and parcel of the Palio, the famous horse-race held twice a year in Piazza del Campo. Much has been said and written – albeit not always à propos – about their symbolic meaning and origin.
Here the author, who teaches History of Philosophy at the Scuola Normale in Pisa, undertakes an exciting symbolic and literary journey through this unusual “bestiary”, tracing its development from the beginnings to the present day.
The book is full of curious anecdotes and surprising references, and enlivened by a series of remarkable illustrations by Duilio Cambellotti, an outstanding early 20th-century Italian artist. Indispensable and stimulating reading for all those who have experienced – even if only once in their lifetime – the excitement of the Palio.