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Giuseppe Zedde of "Leocorno" or Unicorn parish rides his horse during the last day of practice for the Palio horse race in Siena...Giuseppe Zedde of "Leocorno" or Unicorn parish rides his horse during the last day of practice for the Palio horse race in Siena  August 15, 2014. Each July 2 and August 16, almost without fail since the mid-1600s, 10 riders have hurtled bareback around Siena's shell-shaped central square in a desperate bid to win the Palio, a silk banner depicting the Madonna and child.

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Giuseppe Zedde of “Leocorno” or Unicorn parish rides his horse during the last day of practice for the Palio horse race in Siena on Friday

In this image provided by NASA one of the Expedition 40 crew members aboard the International Space Station photographed this oblique night image of almost the entire countries of Italy and Sicily on July 26, 2014. (AP Photo/NASA)

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This image shows Italy at night seen from the International Space Station. The photograph was taken by one of the Expedition 40 crew members aboard the International Space Station. Read more

epa04327191   A tugboat sends up a water spray as  the wrecked Italian cruise liner the Costa Concordia begins  its final journey to the port of Genoa, from Giglio Island, northern Italy 23 July 2013.  The ill-fated liner struck a reef off the island in January 2012 and capsized killing 32 people. It is expected to arrive in Genoa on 26 July where it will be scrapped.  Over a dozen vessels are helping to tow the ship

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People watch as the wrecked cruise ship Costa Concordia is towed by tugs from Giglio after being refloated, in Isola del Giglio, Italy. The ship is bound for it’s home port of Genoa where it will be dismantled. The Costa Concordia capsized at the island of Giglio in 2012 killing 32 passengers. Read more

The wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship, which was hauled upright in September but stil partially submerged, is slowly being refloated near the port of Giglio Island, Italy, 14 July 2014 in one of the biggest maritime s The Concordia hit a reef and partly capsized on 13 January 2012, after being steered dangerously close to Giglio. Thirty-two of the 4,229 people onboard died in the accident.

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The wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship, which was hauled upright in September but remained partially submerged, is slowly being refloated near the port of Giglio Island, Italy, on Monday. In one of the biggest maritime disasters, the vessel hit a reef and partly capsized on 13 January 2012, after being steered dangerously close to the island.

The Frecce Tricolori (three-color arrows) Italian Air Force acrobatic squad fly above the "Vittoriano", the Unknown Soldier monument, on the occasion of the Republic Day military parade, in Rome, Monday, June 2, 2014. The Republic Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the Italian Republic after a referendum held on June 2, 1946 in which Italians chose the form of government between monarchy and republic following WWII.

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The Frecce Tricolori Italian air force acrobatic team fly above the Vittoriano monument to the unknown soldier, at the Republic day military parade in Rome

New recruits of the Vatican's elite Swiss Guard march during the swearing-in ceremony at the Vatican  May 6, 2014. The Swiss Guard, founded in 1506, consist of 100 volunteers who must be of Swiss nationality, Catholic, single, at least 174 cm (5.7 ft) tall and without a beard. New recruits are sworn in every year on May 6 to commemorate the day where 147 Swiss soldiers died defending the Pope during an attack on Rome in 1527.

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New recruits of the Vatican’s elite Swiss Guard attend a swearing in ceremony at the Vatican. The Swiss Guard, founded in 1506, consists of 100 volunteers who must be of Swiss nationality, Catholic, single, at least 174cm (5.7ft) tall and without a beard

Libyan soldiers take positions during a training exercise directed by the Italian Army's 80th Infantry Regiment of Cassino, in Persano

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Libyan soldiers take part in a training exercise directed by the Italian Army’s 80th Infantry Regiment of Cassino, in Persano, near Salerno in southern Italy.

Nuns stand at St. Peter's square at the ...Nuns stand at St. Peter's square at the Vatican at the end of the Pope's weekly general audience on April 2, 2014.     AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYSGABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images

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Nuns seem happy and animated at the end of the Pope’s weekly audience in St Peter’s square at the Vatican on Wednesday Read more

U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he leaves Rome's airport...U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he leaves Rome's airport March 28, 2014. REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito  (ITALY - Tags: POLITICS)

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U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he leaves Rome‘s airport. Read more

Pilgrims cheer Pope Francis as he greets the crowd during his general audience at St Peter's square on March 26, 2014 at the Vatican.

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Pilgrims cheer Pope Francis as he greets the crowd during his general audience at St Peter’s square on Wednesday at the Vatican.