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Palio di Asti: Italy's medieval horse race

Updated 1513 GMT (2313 HKT) September 22, 2016
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Performers in medieval costume parade through the streets at the Palio di Asti, an Italian festival dating back to the 13th century that culminates in a bareback horse race. Justin Setterfield/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
A horse and jockey are blessed outside Asti Cathedral ahead of the 2016 Palio on September 18. Justin Setterfield/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Riders representing the different districts of Asti compete in the oldest recorded bareback horse race in Italy. Justin Setterfield/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
The first recorded staging of the race was in 1275. Justin Setterfield/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
It takes place in Asti's Piazza Alfieri. Justin Setterfield/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
The Palio also includes a parade and a flag-throwing contest involving more than 1,200 people in medieval costume. Justin Setterfield/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
After a 30-year hiatus, the race was resurrected in 1967. Justin Setterfield/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
It was switched to September, having been held in March and May in earlier eras. Justin Setterfield/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Giovanni Atzeni, riding for the district of Nizza, celebrates as he wins the 2016 Palio di Asti. Justin Setterfield/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Atzeni gets a hug after his triumph. Justin Setterfield/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images