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.

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