31 Jul '17, 7am

Palio di Siena: The World’s Wildest Horse Race (2015) https://t.co/wrdp1kJkHJ

One of Cosima's friends, Amy Lehman, summed the whole thing up nicely in a single outburst over drinks the evening before the race. Amy is a wildly tattooed, potty-mouthed surgeon from Chicago. 'If you ever catch yourself thinking "That's the story!" then you can be sure that's not the fucking story,' she told me. Her Sienese husband, an old Palio hand, looked on, smiling silently, nodding his assent. 'Yeah, OK, so it's a horse race - well, sort of a horse race, with about 20 additional variables. And its incomprehensible complexity is essential to its appeal. Hey, Rome may be burning, but, you know, we can obsess about this shit instead.' For 'additional variables' read 'flagrant and occasionally mind-boggling forms of corruption'. These come in various shapes and sizes - the most important size being that of the bribes paid to win or lose or otherwise influence the outco...

Full article: http://www.cntraveller.com/recommended/culture/palio-di-s...

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