April 17, 2013

Siena, Italy

Photograph by Marco Di Lauro, Getty Images

Before trials for the Palio horse race, members of Italy's paramilitary police force, called carabinieri, ride through Siena's Piazza del Campo. The raucous 90-second race around the city square has taken place every summer since the 1600s. Siena's neighborhoods, or contrade, compete against one another, and almost everything is fair game—including bribery and whipping an opponent.

Enter the 25th Annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest >>

Take a Nat Geo Trip

Select a destination or trip type to find a trip:

See All Trips »

Join Nat Geo Travel's Communities

2015 Traveler Photo Contest

  • Picture of a tree under night stars in Deadvlei, Namibia

    See the Winners

    Explore the top photos, share your favorites, and browse all entries.