The Race—Piazzo del Campo, Siena , Italy The Piazza del Campo, in the heart of medieval Siena, is a scallop-shaped, brick-and-stone paved site of uniquely-balanced architectural harmony. Paradoxically, it is also the venue of the twice-yearly festival, the Palio della Contrade. The high point of the event is a stately procession of the Contrade (parishes) of Siena, followed by a brutal and symbolic 75-second horse race around the square. What is the timeless race unfolding in the center of the square here?