The Palio in Italy, an ancient Tradition

Feb 18, 2021 323

The palio is a form of entertainment dating back to medieval times. Even today, competitions between the districts are celebrated in the folkloristic festivals of the towns of Italy. In addition to the Palio di Siena, the most famous, in our peninsula we find various events that bring us back to the traditional challenges of the past.

In Italy the tradition of the palio (competition between districts of a city) is very old. Normally the challenges consisted of horse or other animal racing, but the ancient municipalities gave away more imaginative versions of this form of entertainment. The palios have origins in medieval times to continue in the Renaissance, until they become real folkloristic events of our times.

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