錫耶納賽馬節（Palio di Siena，義大利語發音：[ˈpaːljo di ˈsjɛːna]），於每年的7月2日以及8月16日在義大利錫耶納舉辦的傳統赛马。競賽時，17個區會選出10區進行比賽，一區只能派出一名騎士。競賽規定不能使用馬鞍，騎士穿著的衣服顏色象徵他們所代表的區。在7月2號舉辦的賽馬節被稱為普罗文萨诺賽馬節（Palio di Provenzano），用來紀念普罗文萨诺的瑪丹娜，這是一場特別為了錫耶納的瑪麗亞獻身精神所舉辦的，作為卡莫利亞三分區（Terzo Camollia）的一個象徵。而8月16日舉行的賽馬節則被稱為Palio dell'Assunta，以紀念聖母瑪麗亞的升天。
The race is preceded by a spectacular pageant, the Corteo Storico, which includes (among many others) Alfieri, flag wavers, in medieval costumes. Just before the pageant, a squad of carabinieri on horseback, wielding swords, demonstrate a mounted charge around the track. They take one lap at a walk, in formation, and a second at a gallop that foreshadows the excitement of the race to come, before exiting down one of the streets that leads out of Piazza del Campo. Spectators arrive early in the morning, eventually filling the centre of the town square, inside the track, to capacity; the local police seal the entrances once the festivities begin in earnest. Seats ranging from simple bleachers to elaborate box seats may be had for a price, but sell out long before the day of the race.
在比賽之前有個壯觀的盛會，古裝遊行，其中包括（在許多其他人中）Alfieri，旗幟揮舞，在中世紀的服裝。 就在賽前，卡賓槍騎兵隊揮舞著劍，在賽道周圍表演衝鋒。 他們步行一圈，形成一秒鐘，另外一個賽道，預示著比賽的興奮，然後退出了出自Piazza del Campo的一條街道。 觀眾清晨到達，最終填補了城市廣場的中心，在軌道內，容納; 一旦慶祝活動開始，當地警方就會密封入口。 從簡單的長椅到精心製作的座椅座椅的座位可能有一個價格，但在比賽當天很久才賣出。
七月賽馬節的下午七點半及八月賽馬節的下午七點，爆炸聲響徹整個廣場，向成千上萬的圍觀者通報了比賽即將開始。比賽將會繞著田野廣場奔跑三圈，the perimeter of which is covered with several inches of dirt and tuff (imported and laid for the occasion at great expense to the city) and the corners of which are protected with padded crash barriers for the occasion. The jockeys ride the horses bareback from the starting line, an area between two ropes. Nine horses, in an order only decided by lot immediately before the race starts, enter the space. The tenth, the rincorsa, waits outside. When the rincorsa finally enters the space between the ropes the starter (mossiere) activates a mechanism that instantly drops the canapo (the front rope). This process (the mossa) can take a very long time, as deals have usually been made between various contrade and jockeys that affect when the rincorsa moves - he may be waiting for a particular other horse to be well- or badly-placed, for example.
在危險的，陡峭的斜坡軌道上，騎士被允許使用他們的鞭子（義大利語， nerbi，拉伸的，乾公牛皮）不僅為自己的馬，而且為了擾亂其他馬和騎士。事實上，是由代表他的對手的馬贏得的，而不是騎師。 獲勝者是穿過終點線的第一匹馬 - 一匹馬可以沒有騎手贏得勝利（一種被稱為cavallo scosso的條件）。 一匹馬也可以沒有它的裝飾頭飾（spennacchiera），雖然相反的信念也被廣泛地持有，甚至在塞內加爾人之間。 比賽中的失敗者被認為是馬匹是第二，而不是最後的對手。
The most successful horses were Folco and Panezio with eight wins each, followed by Topolone with seven.
In recent history (from 1900 to the present), only three wards have ever succeeded in winning both the July and the August races in a single year (the term in Italian is fare cappotto). Tartuca (the Tortoise) accomplished the feat in 1933, while Giraffa (the Giraffe) won both races in 1997, with jockey Giuseppe Pes, nicknamed Il Pesse. In 2016, jockey Jonatan Bartoletti, on the mount "Preziosa Penelope", won both the July and August races for Lupa (the She-wolf).
Ritual and rivalry[编辑]
The Palio di Siena is more than a simple horse race. It is the culmination of ongoing rivalry and competition between the contrade. The lead-up and the day of the race are invested with passion and pride. Formal and informal rituals take place as the day proceeds, with each contrada navigating a strategy of horsemanship, alliances and animosities. There are the final clandestine meetings among the heads of the contrade and then between them and the jockeys. There is the two-hour pageant of the Corteo Storico, and then all this is crowned by the race, which takes only about 75 seconds to complete. Although there is great public spectacle, the passions displayed are still very real.
The contrada that has been the longest without a victory is nicknamed nonna ('grandmother'). Civetta (the Owlet) had the title from 1979 until 2009, when it won 16 August race. Torre (the Tower) had this title for being without victory for 44 years (from 1961 to 2005), and Bruco (the Caterpillar) held the title for not winning over 41 years (from 1955 to 1996). Last nonna was Lupa (the She-Wolf), which has not had a victory since 2 July 1989, a period of 28–29 years, until July 2016, when it finally won, leaving now the nonna title to Aquila (the Eagle).
The drappellone ("banner"), or palio, known affectionately as "the rag" in Siena, is the trophy that is to be delivered to the contrada that wins the Palio.
The palio is an elongated rectangular piece of silk, hand-painted by an artist for the occasion. It is held vertically on a black-and-white shaft halberd and topped by a silver plate, with two white and black plumes draped down the sides.
The palio, along with the plumes, remains the property of the contrada. The plate is returned to the city of Siena before the two Palii of the following year, after the date and the name of the victorious contrada are inscribed on its back. There is one silver platter for the Palio in July and another for the August Palio. The plates are replaced approximately every ten years.
The value of the banner is unique, because it represents a particular historical period of the city of Siena. The palii often reflect the symbols of the various governments that have presided at various times, including the crest of the grand duchy of Lorraine, the crest of the Grand Dukes of Tuscany, the crest of the Kingdom of Savoy of Italy, symbols from Fascist Italy, and most recently, imagery of the Republic.
The process that an artist should follow in designing the palio is rigid: it must follow a precise iconography that includes some sacred symbols, as the July Palio is dedicated to the Madonna of Provenzano, and that of August to the Madonna of the Assumption. It must present the insignia of the city, those of the third part of the city, and the symbols or colors of the ten contrade participating in the race. There are, however, no limits regarding the style of the art. The palio is first presented at a press conference in the courtyard of the Podestà of the City Hall about a week before the race.
The Palio runs throughout the year[编辑]
Although many activities take place within each contrada, the organization of the Palio is still the largest, since it is not just in two races each year. Each time, the festival itself runs for four days of events, the preparation for which lasts all year.
Beginning in early winter, the contrada leaders talk and develop strategies, making contacts with the jockeys and horse owners. These leaders prepare those who will race in the Piazza del Campo or take part in minor Palios elsewhere in nearby towns (la cosiddetta provincia) and bring them to training courses organized by the city in the spring.
The full activities of the Palio start to grow in momentum towards the end of May, with the drawing of lots of the three remaining contrade that will join the seven that have won the right to race. With districts and teams outlined, contrade begin to talk about "deals" (engagement of jockeys) and "parties" (secret pacts for the win), despite not knowing which horse they will draw in the lot.
About a week before the race, the palio (drappellone) itself is presented to the city, which has commissioned a local artist (in the case of the Palio of July) or internationally recognized artist (in the case of the Palio of August or a special Palio) to create the prize. Also at this time, visits occur to the horses which will be presented for the lottery.
In the first of the four days of the festival, the lottery is held to select which barbero (the term for "racehorse" in the city of Siena and Tuscany) will go to which contrada. The stone race track around the square is covered with a layer of dirt composed of a mixture of tuff, clay and sand. Six trials are run, during which the riders have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with their horse and with the track itself, its sounds and rhythms of the race. Although the trials are attended by many tourists and contrada members in square, barriers are mounted on the outside of the track.
Among the events that mark the approach of the Palio are the rehearsal dinner, the "mass" of the jockeys and the blessing of the horse and jockey.
An extraordinary Palio is a third Palio which may take place during the period between May and September and is associated with events or anniversaries of major importance for the community of Siena. The last extraordinary Palio coincided with the advent of the new millennium. It was actually held on 9 September 2000 and was won by Selva (Forest), by jockey Giuseppe Pes riding on the horse Urban II. Prior to this, the last extraordinary Palio was held on 13 September 1986 to celebrate the centenary of the abolition of the Balia and Biccherna governments.
In earlier times, the third Palio was a way to honor distinguished guests passing through or visiting Siena. Examples are the extraordinary Palio of 7 June 1676, during the visit to Siena of the wife of Prince Don Agostino Chigi, and that of 15 June 1673 (not considered official), honouring the visit to Siena of Cardinal Flavio Chigi. Even the Grand Duke of Tuscany requested another round of Palio, perhaps closer to the ordinary.
From the second half of the 19th century, extraordinary Palios began to be organized for celebration of special events, rather than illustrious visits. This was the case of a meeting of the Society of Sciences or the inauguration of important monuments (such as the inauguration of the monument to the fallen in the Battle of Curtatone and Montanara, on 29 May 1893). In 1896, they even ran four Palios, both ordinary and two extraordinary. The first extraordinary race was on 16 August, which is considered extraordinary because it was requested by the citizens as the original race was moved to 25 August due to transfer from Siena's VIII Corps, and the second was on 23 September for the inauguration of the monument to Giuseppe Garibaldi.
A third Palio, the "Palio of Peace", was held in 1945 by popular acclaim to celebrate the end of World War II and was won by Gioacchino Calabro riding Rubacuori su Folco, for the contrada of Drago (Dragon). An extraordinary Palio was held in 1969 to commemorate the conquest of the moon by the Apollo 11 mission.
The following years created the habit of running on the occasion of a centenary of particular importance. This is the case for 28 May 1950, the fifth centenary of the canonization of St. Bernardine of Siena, and 5 June 1961, the centenary of the Unification of Italy.
- Palio by Alessandro Blasetti (1932)
- La ragazza del Palio by Luigi Zampa (1957)
- Bianco rosso celeste – cronaca dei giorni del Palio di Siena by Luciano Emmer (1963)
- "The Winds Rise", the first episode of the 1983 miniseries The Winds of War, ABC miniseries directed by Dan Curtis
- Il bianco e il nero – Tutti i colori del Palio di Siena by Anton Giulio Onofri (2002)
- The Last Victory by John Appel (2004)
- Visioni di Palio by Anton Giulio Onofri (2004)
- Piazza delle Cinque Lune by Renzo Martinelli (2006)
- Quantum of Solace, the 22nd James Bond movie, directed by Marc Forster (2008)
- Palio by Cosima Spender and John Hunt (2015)
- The Palio Horse Race - All the victories at the Palio di Siena from 1633 to 1691. Ilpalio.org. [15 September 2016].
- The contrada of Valdimontone, although its colors are yellow, red and white, has a habit of taking the prize for the jockey jacket with yellow and pink. This custom, reported since the 18th century, was formalized in 1833, to avoid confusion with contrada of Chiocciola, whose colors (yellow, red and blue) are almost identical.
- Archivio del Palio di Siena. Il Palio.Siena .it. [19 June 2012].
- The Palio Horse Race - Commonly Asked Questions Regarding The Horses. Ilpalio.org. [19 June 2012].
- 75 seconds to Victory. [21 September 2009]. （原始内容存档于17 五月 2009）.
- Terzi (Siena)
- Palio di Siena - vittorie. Ilpalio.org. [19 June 2012].
- Il palio di Siena dossier della Lega Anti Vivisezione
- Sergio Profeti, Le vere cifre degli infortuni sul tufo, Ed.Sunto, 2004 (PDF). [19 June 2012].
- cf. Regulation of the Palio (Chapter IV – The submission, selection and award lots of horses) Article 37: The horses to be presented must, in the days immediately preceding the question on the written request of owners, undergo a visit by a Veterinary Commission, which must express opinion on health at the races in "Campo".
- cf. Regulation of the Palio (Cap.V, testing and racing jockeys) .57 Article: It is prohibited to administer their peers in any way, intoxicating, practice clutches of any kind, or apply "Perette.
- This project aims to achieve: the accreditation of the owners, after verification of appropriate conditions, the selection of horses with common features of the biometric considered optimal for the commitment to be addressed; training of subjects in competitions and training courses to order to optimize the preparation and adaptability to the location of the Palio, the implementation of a system of economic incentives for owners to address the purchase and breeding of horses with shared characteristics, the constant monitoring of animals by veterinarians being the Regulatory Commission Technical Hall. See also Rendiconto Giunta Cenni 2001-2006[失效連結], pag.275
- cfr. Board of Work Statement, cit.
- Campioni al pascolo, di Gianni Perotti – Famiglia Cristiana page 33 14 August 2005 questo reportage Archive.is的存檔，存档日期2005-01-20 The Breeding Center of wilderness.
- Palio di Siena, alcol-test per i fantini. Style.it. [19 June 2012]. （原始内容存档于2012年7月22日）.
- ORDINANZA del 21 luglio 2009. Normativasanitaria.it. [19 June 2012].
- Brown, Margaret Mcdonough and Titus Buckhardt (1960). Siena, the City of the Virgin. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Drechsler, Wolfgang (2006). "The Contrade, the Palio and the Ben Comune: Lessons from Siena", Trames 10(2), 99-125.
- Dundes, Alan and Alessandro Falassi (2005). La Terra in Piazza. An Interpretation of the Palio of Siena. 2 the new edn. (Orig. 1972). Siena: Nuova Immagine. (Standard work, but meanwhile very controversial because of its Freudian interpretation.)
- Falassi, Alessandro (1985). "Palio Pageant: Siena's Everlasting Republic", The Drama Review 29(3), 82-92.
- Handelman, Don (1998). Models and Mirrors: Towards an Anthropology of Public Events. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Silverman, Sydel (1979). "On the Use of History in Anthropology: The Palio of Siena", American Ethnologist 6(3), 413-436. (Most important counter-model to Dundes & Falassi.)
- Pascal, C. Bennett (1981). "October Horse", Harvard Studies in Classical Philology 85, 261-291.
- Spicer, Dorothy Gladys (1958). Festivals of Western Europe. Wilson.
- 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica, "Siena".
- Il Palio di Siena website - English Summary.
- The Palio （英文） The definitive English language site for all Palio Di Siena related information
- Archive of the Palio di Siena I （意大利文） The Italian archive site includes access to short contemporary films of the Palio for 1930 and most subsequent years.
- Archive of the Palio di Siena II （英文）
- History of the Race （意大利文） （英文）
- Siena - Map It Out! （英文） How to Survive a Day at the Palio
- How to be more than a spectator （英文）
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