Palio of Ferrara

A month of celebrations, parades, flag-throwing competitions and a spectacular horse race in Piazza Ariostea

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  • Place
    Piazza Ariostea - Ferrara and others places
  • Events
    Festivals and celebrations, Sports
  • Interests
    Sport, Art & Culture

The Palio was made official in 1279 and rapidly transformed into the symbol of a glorious and fascinating Renaissance.

Since then, rituals and dates have only changed slightly, and the celebration in the town has not been altered. A month of celebrations, parades, races and competitions between the eight Contrade [neighborhoods linked to the parish] to win the precious tapestry dedicated to Saint George, the patron saint of Ferrara.

The warm month of May welcomes the figurants in original costume who parade through the streets of the city centre and the hard-fought flag-throwing competitions in Piazza del Municipio take us up to the spectacular horse race in Piazza Ariostea.

Timetable

 

HISTORICAL PROCESSION

The contrade, represented by over 1000 people in Renaissance costumes, parade from Corso Giovecca to the City Centre.
Meeting place:  Corso della Giovecca, Corso Martiri della Libertà, Torre dell’Orologio
When: May, 14th, at 9 pm

BLESSING OF THE PALII

Meeting place: Piazza Cattedrale
When: May 15th at 6.30pm
The Contrade take part in the Holy Mass, each of them offering a candle to the altar. The bishop blesses the "palii", the prizes for the winners of the four races at the altar.

JUNIOR FLAG-WAVING GAMES

Meeting place: Piazza Municipale
When: May 21st at 3.00 pm and 8.30pm

OLD GAMES OF THE ESTE FLAGS

Meeting place: Piazza Municipale
When: May 22nd at 4pm  
The flag wavers of the Ferarra Palio have been masters of their art for hundreds of years and have won numerous international competitions. These competitions also draw a huge crowd of devoted fans. The music, colour and acrobacy of these exhibitions has the effect of carrying the public back in time to the golden days of when the Este family ruled the city.

HORSE TRIAL RACES

Meeting place: Piazza Ariostea 
When: 

May 27th  at 9.30 and 6pm 
May 28th  at 8.30am and 6pm

RACES OF THE PALIO

Meeting place: Piazza Ariostea
When: May 29th at 3.30 pm
The races traditionally take place every year on the last Sunday of May, to recall the extraordinary Palio that celebrated the crowning of Borso d'Este as first Duke of Ferrara in 1471.
There are four races:
Corsa dei putti - Boys' race (Palio di San Romano)
Corsa delle putte - Girls' race (Palio di San Paolo)
Corsa delle asine - Donkey race (Palio di San Maurelio)
Corsa dei cavalli - Horse race (Palio di San Giorgio).


Details

Places
  • Piazza Ariostea - Ferrara
  • Corso Giovecca - Corso Martiri della Libertà - Torre dell’Orologio - Ferrara
  • Piazza del Municipio - Ferrara
Dates
14 - 29 May 2022
Time
Info on the program
Website
Contacts
telephone:+ 39 0532 751263
info@paliodiferrara.it

Information offices

IAT - Ufficio Informazioni Accoglienza Turistica FERRARA
Largo Castello Ferrara (FE)
telephone:+ 39 0532 209370 infotur@comune.fe.it
Last update 10/11/2021

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