The Palio is Life

Luca Venturi

The Exhibition

The “Palio di Siena” is the world’s most exciting horse race which is celebrated twice a year in the Piazza del Campo (Siena’s historic square), on July 2nd and August 16th, in honour of the religious holidays, the Visitation and the Ascension of the Virgin Mary, Lady and Patron Protector of the City.

The Photographer

Luca Venturi graduated with a degree in Engineering from the University of Bologna, is the Founder and Art Director of the Siena International Photo Awards and of the Drone Photo Awards & lives in the heart of the Sienese countryside with his wife, two sons, and a daughter. An interest in cameras and photography came when Luca was still a teenager. It was many years later that his passion combined with the desire to build, in the name of photography, a world-class festival in his city.


Seminars & Talks

The Auditorium is a dedicated space designed using the highest technical standards, for hosting Photographer and photography talks and Live Stage events. Entry to the Auditorium is free of charge with ticketing available.