Palio of Ferrara

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

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  • Luogo
    Ferrara
  • Events
    Festivals and celebrations, Sports
  • Interests
    Sport, Art & Culture
  • Target
    Family,Friends/Single
  • INIZIO
    Sep 19, 2020
  • FINE
    Sep 26, 2020
  • COSTO
    Free

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 September 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

To be defined, h. 9pm 
Chiesa del Gesù (Via Borgo dei Leoni)
BLESSING OF THE PALII
The Contrade take part in the Holy Mass in the Cathedral, 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.

To be defined, h 3.30pm 
Piazza Municipale
JUNIOR FLAG-WAVING GAMES

To be defined, h. 8.30pm   
Piazza Municipale
OLD GAMES OF THE ESTE FLAGS
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.

September, 19th, h. 9 pm
Corso Ercole I d'Este (from Porta degli Angeli) - Corso Ercole I d'Este, Largo Castello, Corso Martiri della Libertà, Piazza Municipale.
HISTORICAL PROCESSION
The contrade, represented by over 1000 people in Renaissance costumes, parade from Porta degli Angeli along Corso Ercole I d’Este to Piazza Municipale.

September 24th and 25th
Piazza Ariostea 
HORSE TRIAL RACES

September 26th, h. 4 pm
Piazza Ariostea
RACES OF THE PALIO
The races traditionally take place every year on the last Sunday of May, this year postponed to September, 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).

  • Stage 1
    Place
    Historical Procession - Corso Ercole I d'Este, 44121 Ferrara FE, Italia
    Date
    September 19, 2020
    Price
    Free
  • Stage 2
    Place
    Races of the Palio - Piazza Ariostea, 44121 Ferrara FE, Italia
    Date
    September 26, 2020
    Time start
    16:00
    Time end
    00:00
    Price
    Fee
    Full ticket
    to be defined
Last update 26/03/2020

Contatti

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Per maggiori informazioni

Redazione Ferrara e provincia

UFFICI INFORMAZIONI

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Largo Castello 44121 Ferrara (FE)
0532 209370 web.email

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