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CVI • N. 27 • THURSDAY, JULY 3, 2014 • GIOVEDÌ 3 LUGLIO 2014 FACEBOOK.COM/ITALOAMERICANONEWSPAPER Contrade parade through the streets of Siena italoamericano.com $ 1.20 DATED MATERIAL - DO NOT DELAY Continued on page 2 The Palio di Siena: a century-old competition of contrade Behind the scenes: the unknown Italian challenges and successes in the 2014 World Cup sIlVIA sIMoNettI GIulIA louIse steIGeRwAlt Tuscan people are usually amiable and friendly, but they can also be very competitive and mocking, especially when it comes to horse racing. In several small Italian 7(!4 .!452% $%342/9%$ )4 !,3/ 02%3%26%$ 7(!4 .!452% $%342/9%$ )4 !,3/ 02%3%26%$ ./7 /0%. Unfortunately on June 24th Italy lost 1-0 to Uruguay in their Group D World Cup match. The defeat meant that Italy was elim- inated from the 2014 World Cup tournament. Yet, besides the dis- appointment of the many Italians who were following the game, there's a part of Italy that already won the World Cup, but Continued on page 3 towns, from northern to south- ern regions, the typical horse races known as Palio are held mainly during the summer sea- son. Among them, the most famous is the one that takes place in Siena, Tuscany, every year on July 2 and August 6. According to the tradition, it is run in honor of the Madonna of Provenzano and the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, during cele- brations lasting four days. This spectacular show, whose origin dates back to the Middle Ages, involves 10 out of the 17 contrade (city quarters). Those that didn't participate in the pre- vious year are automatically included, and 3 more are chosen Continua a pagina 13 BARBARA MINAFRA A cosa serve la storia? In par- ticolare a cosa ci serve conoscere la storia italiana se viviamo al di là dell'Oceano, magari non ci siamo mai stati in Italia e nem- meno mai andremo nel Paese dei nostri nonni, di chi scelse per le generazioni future nuove radici lontane da quelle degli avi? A che serve visto che persino dagli errori quest'umanità non sembra imparare mai nulla e persevera Essere italiani è una scelta di consapevolezza storica

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