Palio

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See Palio (genus) for the genus of seaslugs.
See Palio (film), for the 1932 film

Palio is the name given in Italy to an annual athletic contest, very often of a historical character, pitting the neighbourhoods of a town or the hamlets of a comune against each other. Typically they are fought in costume and commemorate some event or tradition of the Middle Ages, and thus often involve horse racing, archery, jousting, crossbow shooting, and similar medieval sports. Once purely a matter of local rivalries, many have now become events staged with an eye to visitors and foreign tourists.

The oldest extant palio is the Palio di Ferrara, but the Palio di Siena is better known internationally. There are many other palios that are held throughout the various regions of Italy. Here follows an incomplete list:

Italian Palios[edit]

Palios with horse races[edit]

Tuscany[edit]

Lazio[edit]

Lombardy[edit]

Piedmont[edit]

Sardinia[edit]

Umbria[edit]

Veneto[edit]

Marche[edit]

Emilia Romagna[edit]

Sicily[edit]

Basilicata[edit]

Abruzzo[edit]

Puglia[edit]

Palios with donkey races[edit]

Umbria[edit]

Lombardy[edit]

Piedmont[edit]

Toscana[edit]

Campania[edit]

Lazio[edit]

Marche[edit]

Emilia - Romagna[edit]

Friuli[edit]

  • Palio dei Borghi di Fagagna, second Sunday in September.

Palios with boat races (Palii remieri)[edit]

Tuscany[edit]

Liguria[edit]

Apulia[edit]

Trentino[edit]

Calabria[edit]

Lazio[edit]

Palios with weapons[edit]

Tuscany[edit]

Umbria[edit]

Lazio[edit]

Friuli[edit]

Emilia - Romagna[edit]

Veneto[edit]

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