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 Palio di Siena in July 2010

The oldest extant palio is the Palio di Ferrara, but the Palio di Siena is the one that has been running for a longer time without interruption and it is definitely the better known internationally[according to whom?]. There are, nevertheless, many other palios that are held throughout the various regions of Italy. Here follows an incomplete list:

Italian PaliosEdit

Palios with horse racesEdit

TuscanyEdit

LazioEdit

LombardyEdit

PiedmontEdit

SardiniaEdit

UmbriaEdit

VenetoEdit

MarcheEdit

Emilia-RomagnaEdit

SicilyEdit

BasilicataEdit

AbruzzoEdit

PugliaEdit

Palios with donkey racesEdit

UmbriaEdit

LombardyEdit

PiedmontEdit

ToscanaEdit

CampaniaEdit

LazioEdit

MarcheEdit

Emilia-RomagnaEdit

FriuliEdit

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

Palios with boat races (Palii remieri)Edit

TuscanyEdit

LiguriaEdit

ApuliaEdit

TrentinoEdit

CalabriaEdit

LazioEdit

Palios with weaponsEdit

TuscanyEdit

UmbriaEdit

LazioEdit

FriuliEdit

Emilia-RomagnaEdit

VenetoEdit

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