The Greatest Story Never Told
PALIO is a richly illustrated celebration of the legendary horserace which has united the people of Siena for centuries. Bringing to life the dramatic battle for the ultimate glory and honor of winning the Palio, this authoritative volume explains not only the civic ritualism and rich symbolism of this extraordinary event, but how “the game” is played both on and off the racetrack. From the “assassin” jockeys to the devoted members of Siena’s contrade districts, the Palio is far more than just a race, it is the very lynchpin of Sienese life.
Showcasing rare archival imagery alongside specially commissioned photography and never-before-seen film stills, PALIO offers a wonderful insight into this very Italian phenomenon that survives almost unchanged since the 1300s. PALIO is the official publication launched in conjunction with the release of the award-winning movie, PALIO, directed by Cosima Spender, written by John Hunt and Cosima Spender and produced by John Hunt and James Gay-Rees.
“a compelling tale of Italian community, machismo, bribery and ambition.” Caroline Daniel, Financial Times
The PALIO iBook contains over 500 images, and 10 clips from the award-winning PALIO film.