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In Lazio, the Italian region, takes place in one of the most characteristic races in
the world. According to tradition, the origins of this event date
back to the early 1500. The donkeys are the protagonists. They
are cared for by the jockeys with great love, they speak as if
they were people throughout the year before the race. They are
chosen the strongest and fastest donkeys in Tuscany. Before the
race are blessed to protect them from accidents. The race is
held in August in a large square where thousands of people
come to experience this great and particular emotion. The most
exciting moment is the donkey race mounted bareback.
Donkeys run fast and after three laps the jockey and the donkey
are rewarded and celebrated all night.
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||Nov. 14, 2017, 5:34 a.m.
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