Palio di Siena won by Leocorno. Tittia’s fourth success in a row

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Peter Kavinsky

The contrada, which hasn’t won since August 2007, dominates from start to finish with Violenta da Clodia and jockey Giovanni Aceni.

The Palio of August 16, 2022 is the amazing monologue of the Contrada del Leocorno, who wins the mare Violente da Clodia, expertly ridden by Giovanni Atzeni, known as Tittia, who wins her fourth prize in a row, the ninth in total.


As a starter, after a disagreement over the management of Renato Bircolotti’s difficult July transition, Bartolo Ambrosion returned for the sixteenth Palio. On paper, it was a more difficult moment than usual due to the presence of three pairs of opponents: Nicchio-Valdimontone, Chiocciola-Tartuka and Leocorno-Civetta.


The ten districts entered the ropes in the following order: Leocorno, Giraffa, Selva, Valdimontone, Onda, Civetta, Tartuka, Nikkio and Lupa, while the Snail was drawn as a running start.


After a bad move (with Tartuka’s turn and Snail’s attempts to take advantage of it), Leocorno immediately took the lead, surrounded by Selva and Valdimontone. The one from Leocorno was an unstoppable progress when Violenta da Clodia unleashed all his power and won his first prize by a wide margin. La Selva never got that close and Valdimontone continued to lose ground while in the strongholds Giraffe succumbed to a series of falls. Leocorno has not won since the Palio in August 2007: this is Contrada’s twenty-ninth absolute success on Via di Pantaneto, very close to Piazza del Campo, among others.

Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at

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